Primary Teacher-Training gets Connect-ED in Uganda

Ugandan primary teacher trainees in a Connect-ED computer lab Through the Connectivity for Educator Development (Connect-ED) project, USAID/Uganda is supporting the reform and expansion of the primary teacher-training program by providing computer access and training at eight core primary teacher colleges throughout Uganda.

Partnering with Kyambogo University and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports, Connect-ED uses computer and Internet technologies to help primary school teachers develop materials, skills, and tools to improve teaching and learning.

This second phase of Connect-ED is funded by USAID/Uganda and is being implemented by EDC and dot-EDU's core partner, the Academy for Educational Development (AED).


Connect-ED is Connecting Teachers and Resources
Building on previous work under USAID's LearnLink initiative, dot-EDU is:
  • Ensuring the Ministry of Education and Sports is incorporating ICT policy guidelines that facilitate the maintenance and operations of computer labs at the Primary Teacher Colleges;
  • Assisting Primary Teacher Colleges create business plans and operational guidelines to ensure the computer lab's financial sustainability over time;
  • Enhancing the online primary school teaching curriculum;
  • Providing teacher training in practical computer skills (using word processing and spreadsheet applications to create lessons plans, schemes of work, marking sheets, and visual aids);
  • Training teachers how to use Internet connectivity to improve the quality of teacher education (through online courses, communities and research; and
  • Providing innovative low power computer solutions and affordable Internet connectivity to Kyambogo University (KyU) and eight Primary Teacher Colleges (PTCs).
"No more running around to search for teaching resources. It is just a click away"
Schoolteachers have already reported great improvements in their ability to teach - especially in rural areas like Lira and Gulu, where finding copies of the national curriculum, textbooks, or other teaching materials can be very difficult. kwar Denis, Science and Mathematics- Canon Lawrence Demonstration School, Boroboro Lira
I can now create learning aids (charts, pictures and figures) for my class, I can type, save and/or print my notes, I can search for relevant information from the Internet, download it and print it to enrich my teaching content...No more running around to search for teaching resources. It is just " a click away". Akwar Denis, Science and Mathematics- Canon Lawrence Demonstration School, Boroboro Lira
Robert Kuloba, Tutorial Assistant at Kyambogo University, through Connect-ED, stated: I can use the information obtained from the Internet to prepare my teaching materials that are photocopied for students. Before, I would read textbooks which were sometimes unavailable, had outdated information and required a lot of time ...I would scribble my teaching notes on paper and then dictate as students wrote in the classroom, which ... doesn't cater for individual learners like those that write slowly... Connect-ED has made teaching and learning much easier.




Connect-ED's Progress to Date

Locations of each primary teaching colleges where Connect-ED is working. The Connect-ED activity, originally established in 1998 by USAID under the LearnLink Program, set up computer centers at Kyambogo University and eight Primary Teacher's Colleges throughout the country. The program has also created multimedia, online teacher training curriculum and a digital resource library based on the Ugandan core curriculum. The second phase of the project is aiming to provide a sustainable and replicable model for the remaining 37 PTCs.

Ugandan Primary Teachers the Connectivity for Educator Development (Connect-ED) project is funded by USAID/Uganda and implemented by the Educational Development Center (EDC) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED) under Associate Award # 617-A-00-03-0004-00 on October 1, 2003 for a period of two years.




For More Information, Contact:
Margie Joyce
Instructional Designer, dot-EDU/AED Technology Center
Academy for Educational Development
Tel: 202.884.8065
Email:

Fredrick Wamala
Project Coordinator/ Technical Director, Connect-ED Phase II Uganda
Academy for Educational Development
Tel: 11+256-41-289139
Email:

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