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Could you support teachers in Uganda in 2018?
For the past 4 years, BlueSky Education has sponsored UK teachers to travel to Uganda to support the work of the charity Viva. As it has been such a success, we are looking for four teachers to support the charity's work during the summer holidays in 2018.
Feedback from 2017
One of our teachers from 2017, Ian said "Visiting Uganda made me realise more than ever how incredibly lucky and well-resourced we are in the UK and that this can sometimes mean we become 'resource blind'. As part of the training that I delivered to the Ugandan teachers I tried to give them ideas on how to be more creative with the limited and basic resources that they have available. Since returning to the UK I've been thinking of new ways to teach things that I'd previously not considered, sometimes using quite basic resources."
Read more about the teachers' experiences, visit blueskyeducation.co.uk.
What does Viva do?
Working with its local partner in Uganda, CRANE (Children at Risk Action Network), Viva provides education for 9,890 marginalised girls in Kampala, Uganda. CRANE has 18 Creative Learning Centres, which provide 'catch-up learning' for the girls in maths and English to enable them to re-enter mainstream schools. This project is supported by the Department for International Development (DfID) and is now being adapted to run in mainstream schools. So far 34 schools have a new learning support teacher and a small library and IT suite to help promote the learning of girls. DFID measures the success of the project by the increased numeracy and literacy skills of the project girls above and beyond their peers. Thus the creativity of teacher trainers in helping the Ugandan teachers to help girls excel is critical.
How does the project aim to make a difference?
Traditional Ugandan teaching methods are rigid and blackboard based and the project aims to help local teachers see there are other ways. This project recognises the benefit of child-centred teaching with individual learning plans. Many teachers struggle to see how they can teach different ages and different subjects in one class. Read more about the work at www.viva.org/networks-africa
When do they need UK teachers?
During the UK summer holidays – ideally over the first 2 weeks of August.
How long for?
Minimum 2 weeks
What kind of people are they looking for?
Viva is looking for people who are flexible, adaptable and non-judgemental. Viva is a Christian charity but there is no expectation for you to be a Christian. People from other faiths are as welcome as are those without faith.
How can you help?
This year teachers are needed in the following priority areas – teachers with experience in competency-based learning, sports development, ICT, and Primary and Secondary Maths and English. However, above all of this flexibility is the key requirement!
The starting point is very low so any degree of expertise makes a huge difference and these teachers really need encouragement and confidence to put into effective practice the training they have had.
How do you apply?
You should apply directly to the charity by completing their application form (please see our website) and sending that with your CV to CRANE's HR Manager in Uganda, Humphrey Bahiriirwe: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is Friday 30th March 2018. There will be a briefing and orientation before you go.
Please contact Humphrey Bahiriirwe from CRANE on email@example.com if you would like to find out more and discuss your suitability.