The Ugandan Challenge
Uganda established Universal Primary Education in 1997, promising free education for all and encouraging parents to enroll their children in school. The rapid influx of students into classrooms has strained the educational system and overwhelmed teachers, who routinely cope with a pupil/teacher ratio of 48:1 in an environment already very limited in resources. Buikwe teachers often work with irregular payment, some even voluntary, or receive a salary of just U$100/month. They are motivated to continue educating Ugandan children, but need opportunities to practice and improve their teaching skills and methodologies, and to be inspired by the teaching profession once again.