Wednesday, 29 June 2016

ToroDev programming team holds consultative meetings with District Education Officers of Kabarole, Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo Districts on partnership aimed at improving the Education Sector in western Uganda

In Uganda’s setting, the Ministry of Education and Sports is mandated to provide, support, guide, coordinate, regulate and promote quality education, trainings and sports to all persons in Uganda for national integration, development and individual advancement.
Some of the objectives of the ministry of education is to ensure equal access by gender, district and special needs at all levels of Education and to build capacity of districts by helping Education Managers acquire and improve on their knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to plan, monitor, account and perform managerial functions, but the ministry can’t fulfill all the objectives , so as District Education Officers (DEOs) we find gaps, that is why we need organizations like ToroDev to come on board to fill some existing gaps”, Said Mr. Rwakaikara Patrick the District Education Officer, Kabarole district during the consultative meeting.   

Pupils at one of the schools in our community

The ministry of education faces challenges due to limited funds, as a district we receive funds which can’t do the needed work to have the best infrastructure in all school, have best furniture, have access to clean water , have staff quarters etc . This is indeed a challenge but with the help of NGOs like UNICEF, world Vision, somehow they bridge the gap, so we are grateful for your decision as ToroDev to meet us and we discuss this, it will be great partnering with you as a developing partner”. Said Ms Tibakanya Gertrude, the District Education Officer Kyenjojo District.

Most challenges we encounter in Universal Primary Schools (UPE) in western Uganda are similar which mainly includes; high school dropout rate of pupils with the biggest percentage being girls, poor hygiene & sanitation (shortage of pit latrine and clean running water), limited staff quarters, non functionality of school management committees etc, we are happy and welcome the idea wholeheartedly when ToroDev wants to work with us to address some of these challenges.”, Said Mr. Asiimwe Stephen Douglas, the District Education Officer Kyegegwa district.

Girls need to be helped by both parents and teachers to attain education
’As ToroDev  we want to partner with the districts  to address some of challenges that the education  sector faces, for the beginning  we want to see that the  School Management Committees (SMC’s) and Parents Teachers’ Associations (PTA’s) are trained on their roles & responsibilities to curb the issue of school drop outs, sensitization of citizens through radios & physical meetings on how to avoid preventable diseases, Train senior women and pupils on re-usable sanitary towels aimed at keeping the girl child in school, rewarding of best performing teachers in hard to reach areas, etc.’’, Said David Kugonza, Documentation & Communications Officer ToroDev.

For education sector to improve we need more NGOS to come on board and bridge the gaps, as Inspector of schools, we are supposed to inspect schools twice a term but due to limited funds we are forced to do it once, which makes head teachers relax and this to some extent has resulted to poor performance. So if ToroDev can fund us and we inspect schools twice a term we believe change in performance can be seen.“ Said Mr. Rujumba John, the Inspector of schools Kabarole district. 

We are grateful to all our partners for the financial and technical support. 

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