Everything Wrong with Universal Primary Education Program In Uganda

A primary school child during a class session in Mayuge District, Uganda

The Universal Primary Education (UPE) program was introduced in 1997 for all people that wanted to access primary education to do so tuition-free. It has now become the provider of primary education for the majority of children in Uganda. However, this…

Decimon during his fellowship

What you go through as a new fellow is not the hell. The real hell is when you close your mind to the possibilities, innovations, hope, and potential in and outside you.

When society is complacent to 60% teacher absenteeism or the daunting 66% hungry pupils, all channels of breakthroughs…

Teach For Uganda fellow Laker Winnie reading with some of her learns at Bwiwula Primary School in Mayuge District

Ours was a friendship that started on shaky grounds. I had arrived with trauma from boot camp observation of Wandegeya Primary School. The fear of not being understood was hidden within. For they spoke a language alien to that of mine and mine too fell on deaf ears.

I greeted…

Salima, seated at a bench with her Primary Five workbook, during an outdoor learning session at Wamulongo Primary School in Mayuge District

Life is full of ups and downs. But like many people say; staying focused and never giving up rewards hard work.

Early this year in February, I met an 11-year-old girl called Basanya Salima; a primary five pupil at Wamulongo Primary School in Mayuge District, Eastern Uganda.

She is a…

Chris Obore, Teach for Uganda alumnus

“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”

These words of Herman Melville resonate so perfectly with what the ‘Network Connectors’ initiative of Teach for All means…

Racheal Byaruhanga facilitating learning to some of her students from their home.

As the partial lockdown continues in Uganda because of the COVID19 pandemic, the future remains unpredictable for everyone. Even though the government has registered great success in reducing the spread of the virus, the checks in place have shaped yet another layer of hardship.

About 15 million Ugandan students can’t…

Nature Versus Nurture.

What influences or has more impact on how children behave? Is it an inborn predisposition or is it one’s upbringing and experience?

Being firmly rooted to one point of view may be limiting and many would argue that it is a range of complexities that shape how…

Solomon Kamukama, 2020–21 Fellow placed at St. Kizito Nabutaka Primary School, Luwero district in Central Uganda.


Solomon Kamukama had planned to travel to Kamwenge in Western Uganda to reunite with his lovely wife and their one-year-old daughter on 26th March, when on the evening of Wednesday 25th he heard the disheartening Presidential announcement that public transport was banned for up to 14 days. That information fell…

When tasting a meal for the first time, there are always chances of either liking or disliking it. Why? Because it is human nature. It is possible to have expectations and nobody likes what it looks like when their expectations aren’t met.

Just like our daily meals, learning never truly…

Nothing excites a hungry man like a boiling pot on a cooking stove. His worst heartbreak comes at a time when he realizes that all along, they were boiling stones rather than food.

Academic starvation is not a joke and at a time like this, any learning opportunity is a…

Teach For Uganda

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