In recognition of the correlation between the quality of teacher education and socio-economic growth in the developing world, agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network are providing teachers with the skills they need to educate future leaders. They offer 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.
In 2014, the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development trained more than 800 secondary school head teachers in Uganda under a grant from the World Bank and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
The "Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA)" project aims to improve learning outcomes for children in pre-primary and primary schools in the Yumbe, Koboko and Arua districts of West Nile. A foundational component of SESEA is supporting skills development in teachers at the pre-primary and primary levels through accredited professional development programmes. SESEA has partnered with primary teachers’ colleges to deliver improved professional development opportunities to pre-service teachers, and is supporting in-service teachers at the 150 primary schools and 50 pre-primary schools participating in the programme. Educators also access professional development opportunities through the Aga Khan University Institute of Educational Development, Eastern Africa (IED), which serves as leading a centre for teacher training and professional development in the region.
In addition to SESEA, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is supporting the creation of locally owned early childhood development centres in Uganda through its Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP). Since 1993, MECP has offered proficiency and bridging courses to uncertified pre-primary teachers, helping them to obtain government recognition. In 2013, building on two decades of experience, MECP established the Madrasa Early Childhood Development Institute, a government accredited early childhood development training centre. Hundreds of pre-school teachers have participated in the institute’s programmes.