Recognising the correlation between improving the quality of teacher education and socio-economic growth in the developing world, agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network works to provide teachers with the skills and opportunities they need to educate future leaders through an array of training and academic programmes for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, teacher educators and education managers from both the public and private sectors in Uganda.
The Strengthening Education Systems, East Africa (SESEA) project aims to improve and sustain learning outcomes for children in pre-primary and primary school levels in the Yumbe, Koboko and Arua districts of West Nile. Developing skilled and competent teachers at the pre-primary and primary levels through accredited professional development programmes is a foundational component of this programme. The programme is being delivered in two primary teachers’ colleges as well as in the 150 primary schools and 50 early childhood centres it supports. By 2017 1,200 primary teachers will trained and supported to improve teaching and learning, Government-recognized ECD training courses will be delivered to 180 pre-service ECD teachers and 200 in-service ECD teachers and pre-primary and primary educators will access professional development opportunities through the Aga Khan University - Institute for Educational Development. In addition to the SESEA project, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), through its Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP) is supporting the creation and strengthening of locally owned early childhood centres in other parts of Uganda. Since 1993 MECP has been developing skilled and competent teachers at the pre-primary level by providing proficiency and bridging courses and creating opportunities for uncertified teachers to obtain government recognition. Building upon this expertise, in 2013 MECP established the Madrasa Early Childhood Development Institute, a government accredited early childhood development training centre. To date over 300 pre-school teachers have participated in the Institute’s programmes. The Aga Khan University Institute of Educational Development, Eastern Africa (IED) serves as a centre for teacher training and professional development in the region. In 2014, IED provided Educational Leadership and Management Training to over 800 public secondary school head teachers in four regions across the country. The certificate programme was the largest of its kind and covered a range of educational leadership and school management issues and taught skills to enable Head Teachers to champion quality, introduce high standards, work with teachers to motivate and engage students, and transform their schools. The programme consisted of two residential periods and several weekend workshops interspersed by a practicum component.