British Council in Uganda works with primary school teachers to improve their English teaching methodologies, and increases pupil access to English language reading materials.
As a district we have attached great importance to this training. The teachers showed a high level of enthusiasm, happiness and willingness to put into practise what they have learnt. They have already started even before they graduated. You could just see it with classroom arrangements already. – Lydia Musungu Constance, Inspector, Mbale District
Primary school teacher training
Since 2011, 384 primary school teachers from 150 schools in 10 districts in Uganda have been trained in using interactive, pupil-centered English language teaching methodologies. This approach, using the Certificate in Primary English Language Teaching course, contrasts with the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ and rote learning methods of language teaching.
The teacher trainers were the founding members of the Uganda National English Language Association, which the British Council helped form in 2011. The participants graduated as teachers of English from Makerere University.
Working with them have been English tutors from the Colleges of Primary Teacher Education. They observed the teachers over the period of the training and co-facilitated training in World Vision clusters in Lango region (northern Uganda).
Producing English language story books
Over 50 000 books of stories, written by teachers from 20 primary schools in the Iganga district and illustrated by their pupils, were published in June 2013. These books will be used by children, both in the classroom and at home.
The British Council sponsored these story books in order to help primary school children and their families to read English and Lusoga languages.