A female student shares a light moment with her colleagues during break time
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Mat Wright

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools run in partnership with the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID). It is designed to help young people learn about global issues and become responsible global citizens, with the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. Working in over 50 countries, it offers school partnerships, professional development courses, school accreditation and opportunities for educators and policy-makers to share best practice with international counterparts.

In Uganda, the programme is building the capacity of teachers, head teachers and policy makers to support them to embed 6 core skills into the curriculum, therefore improving learning outcomes for young people.Core skills, sometimes referred to as deep learning skills or 21st century skills, introduce young people to new ways of working, thinking, and living in a global world. Developing these skills will help young people grow into creative and critical citizens, ready to shape the future for themselves and future generations.

Through the Connecting Classrooms programme, British Council is raising aspirations and supporting young people to live and work in an increasingly globalised world thus contributing to the stability and prosperity of our societies. Managed by the British Council and funded in partnership with UKAid, Connecting Classrooms aims at bringing about long-term systemic change to education systems worldwide.

Our success so far

Phase 3 of Connecting Classrooms programme in Uganda started in 2015 and has recently concluded (2018). Under this programme, British Council Uganda has:

  • Trained 2,147 teachers and 1,685 head teachers.
  • 44 officials from ministry of Education, KCCA, Universities and Education NGOs introduced to core skills
  • 95% of the schools reached are in rural areas and are heavily under resourced in terms of infrastructure and teacher capacity.

Professional Development: areas we have reached

We expanded our reach across  40 districts in the country.

Central region: Entebbe, Wakiso, Mukono,  Masaka, Mpigi, Mityana, Lugazi, Kiboga Nakaseke, Mubende,Luwero  and Kayunga

Eastern region: Mbale, Manafwa, Sironko, Bulambuli ,Budduda, Iganga, Jinja, Mayuge, Kamuli and Bugiri

Western region: Mubende, Kasese, Kilembe, Bwera, Hima, Bushenyi and Mbarara

Northern region: Lira, Apac, Kamdini, Oyam, Gulu Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro

West Nile: Arua, Maracha and Moyo

Our policy work on inclusion

  • Teachers forums
  • Consultative meetings with relevant government representatitives and departments
  • Policy dialogue on inclusive education
  • Taster event on Inclusive pedagogies

Professional Partnerships

  • 418 schools from Uganda have been linked with UK schools under this program
  • 83 schools (63 primary and 20 secondary) have benefited from partnership grants under CC programs and have built collaboration with UK schools.
  • Collaborated in joint projects that foster the core skills into the teaching and learning. These projects include teaching phonetics,improving literacy, citizenship among others.


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