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TEP empowers Ugandan teachers to deliver quality education through building a network, uniting providers and providing quality training.

Teachers Empowerment Platform

location_on Luweero, Uganda
1. Building a Network: TEP has built a network of hundreds of education stakeholders who collaborate online and face to face. 2. Uniting Providers: TEP has brought several similarly focused organisations together in the Ugandan Teacher Training Network. 3. Providing Quality Training: TEP provides high quality tailored training to schools in need and partners each of them them with a model school.
The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.

McKinsey Report, 2007


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Teachers Empowerment Platform: An Overview


Sustainable Development Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. As the renowned McKinsey report points out, a quality education depends on quality teaching. Quality teaching, however, requires quality training. Unfortunately, many Ugandan teachers, particularly in rural areas do not receive this.


TEP aims to change this using a 3 strand approach. 

Strand 1: Building a Network

There is extensive research showing that teacher collaboration is highly effective at improving teaching quality. The network that we have built fosters this collaboration between teachers. The network functions both online and face to face.Online we have a collaborative group with over 100 members. In this group teachers seek support, give advice and share resources using our online file sharing system. Furthermore, every 3 months we host a face-to-face collaborative meeting, in partnership with Edumatters, in which teachers and other education stakeholders come together to discuss and problem solve around key topics in education. Additionally, we are currently setting up subject specific communities of practice as another way to foster collaboration online and face to face.

Strand 2: Uniting Providers

As Kania and Kramer put it, “No single organisation is responsible for any major social problem, nor can any single organisation cure it.”

There are currently a number of teacher training organisations working in Uganda however they are somewhat scattered and isolated. We aim to bring these organisations together in order to create a bigger impact.

Therefore, assisted by LRTT, we have created the Ugandan Teacher Training Network. We have reached out to 16 organisations to join this. We aim for these organisations to collaborate in our dedicated online forum, to host inter-organisational visits and to participate in joint conferences and meetings on best training practice.

Strand 3: Providing Training

Our third and final strand is providing training to schools in need. When we partner with a school we identify a lead teacher and assess the school’s needs through observations, meetings and surveys. We then deliver an initial training workshop which responds to these needs and follow that with a tailored ongoing relationship with the school. This could involve observations, visits, training sessions, mentorship etc… For each school we will also train them up in the use of basic IT skills as this will increase their access to our online resources. Additionally we link them with a model school who can further support the school in their improvement process.


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Edugathering 6th April
TEP’s second EduMatters gathering was held in partnership with EduMatters, Boundless Minds and  1 Million Teachers on the 6th of April 2019 at GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala, from  8am to 1pm. The aim of the meeting was to learn, debate and share about the importance of  continuous professional development for educators following the prompt: ​“The quality of an  education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.”  Panelists Mr. Hakeem Subair - CEO, 1 Million Teachers. Ms. Olivia Mugabirwe – Lecturer, Makerere University Kampala.  Ms. Maureen Kizito – Senior Education Officer, PEAS Uganda.  Mr. Julius Barungi – Head of Training, DREAM Schools.  Mr. Ahairwe Ronald – Pioneer teacher Uganda, 1 Million Teachers.   Absent with apologies: Dr. Jane Egau Okou - C​ommissioner, Teacher/Tutor, Instructor Education and Training (TIET).   Charlotte Oloya - Country Manager, Varkey Foundation.  Highlights  The EduMatters gathering drew a strong turnout of 40 participants. The conversation was so lively  that participants wanted to continue submitting questions for discussion to the panelists. By the end  of the day, ​10 scholarships were awarded ​to participants to enable them to undergo the ​1 Million  Teachers’ online training​ and to give them ​easy access to Professional Development resources​. 
Pilot 8th February
On February 8th TEP held its pilot training course at St Mark's Primary School, Luweero. 23 teachers were trained in the use of learner centred methods. We also held our first Edugathering on this day, an event where educations stakeholders came together to discuss "Education for the next generation".


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