“Learn from Uganda” is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program. King’s College received the grant for a study of current models of education in Uganda.
The project offers educators in Northeastern Pennsylvania an opportunity to enter into mutually beneficial exchanges with their counterparts in East Africa. The grant helps support travel and host country project expenses for a team that consists of four K-12 administrators/teachers, four pre-service Education majors (two of whom are from King’s College), and four college faculty members.
In addition to several pre-departure orientation sessions in the spring of 2014, the project includes four weeks of study in Uganda–from July 6 to August 4, 2014–and a post-travel period of reflection, implementation, and dissemination continuing into early 2015.
While in Uganda participants are studying three types of schools–government-funded, religiously-affiliated, and private/non-sectarian (at times for profit)–to determine which strategies have been successful in serving a population that is hungry for education, and which challenges continue to face those schools. Through observations, lectures, cultural activities and interviews, participants will enhance their understanding of culture and education in Uganda.
Upon return, team members will share what they have learned with teachers and students within their home institutions/districts, as well as through a presentation at the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) conference in Harrisburg in October, 2014, and through scholarly and professional publications. Specifically, the goals of this project are to:
1) understand the challenges and opportunities facing the educational system in Uganda, particularly since the removal of fees to attend government schools over a decade ago;
2) increase awareness of East African culture in general and Ugandan society in particular, given the country’s long-standing relationship with the United States
3) identify strategies for teaching, learning, and administration that may be transferable to educational activities in Northeastern Pennsylvania; and
4) create opportunities for ongoing collaboration among the project participants, both in the United States and Uganda.