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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

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.
Introduction

Teachers Empowerment Platform: An Overview

“The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. ”

McKinsey Report, 2007

Background

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.

Strategy

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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2013
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To achieve our aims this year we need to raise $7000. Below is a breakdown of those costs. Launch event: $800 Learning exchange visit: $500 Running costs: $4000 Edugatherings: $500 Subject groups: $200 Partnerships: $500 Needs assessments: $200 Initial training: $300
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Collaboration
“Teacher collaboration is a powerful engine for change." (Pacchiano et al 2016). Fostering effective collaboration between teachers and other stakeholders in education can have a very high impact in a short space of time.
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Partnerships
“No single organisation is responsible for any major social problem, nor can any single organisation cure it.” (Kania and Kramer 2011). Linking up with other organisations across all sectors can be instrumental in scaling an innovation.
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Training
To improve the quality of teaching we must first train teachers.
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