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Education in eastern Uganda: Why do so many still struggle to attain primary education?

SOAS Talk Education Partnership

Monday, 26 February 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

Education in eastern Uganda: Why do so many still...

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SOAS Student 2d 6h 41m Free  
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While huge progress has been made in advancing primary education in Uganda in recent decades, serious barriers persist in guaranteeing universal access and quality in service delivery. For rural primary schools, rates of pupil and teacher absenteeism, class repetition and permanent drop out are often severe, and learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy remain alarmingly low. Our panel will address a number of key contemporary barriers to primary education attainment, focusing on experiences from Tororo district in eastern Uganda. These include:

  • The limitations imposed by inadequate school resources (lack of classrooms, teachers, access to water and sanitation) in context of growing enrolment.
  • The recent impacts of drought on primary learners and educators, particularly those in rural areas.
  • Communication difficulties and poor relations between teachers and parents in school communities.
  • Gender-based challenges, especially regarding support for menstrual health issues.
  • Constraints on school inspection and monitoring.

Our panel brings together field researchers from the Talk Education Partnership (TEP), an international charity which has worked closely with local educators in Tororo since 2013.

Chairperson: Jack S Alecho-Oita
Author and and Associate Member of the Society of Licensed Engineers and Technologists. Of Japadhola nationality and born in Tororo, eastern Uganda, Jack is author of Taking Back Ownership of Afrika Habitat (2014). He has worked globally in a wide range of cultural and professional spheres, including in the charitable sector and, most recently, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Panel members:

  • Will Knapman, Programme Director, TEP
  • Rehan Ansari, Project Coordinator, TEP

Event schedule:

19:00 – 19:30 Doors Open

19:30 – 21:00 Research Panel

Location: SOAS, DLT Lecture Theatre - ground floor off the main SOAS reception 

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DLT Lecture Theatre
SOAS University of London
Bloomsbury
WC1H 0XG London
United Kingdom

Monday, 26 February 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)


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SOAS Talk Education Partnership

The SOAS Talk Education Partnership (TEPSOC) is a student-led initiative working to promote an understanding of challenges in education in East Africa and across the globe.


We are an associate body of the Talk Education Partnership, an NGO working to improve access to primary education and provide professional development training for teachers in Tororo, Uganda.
The TEP works specifically to encourage a move away from traditional rote learning towards enquiry-based pedagogies, advocating greater pupil participation through collaborative and creative learning.

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