KAMPALA – The Teacher Education Symposium was officially opened on Wednesday, February 26 by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni at Silver Springs Bugolobi.
The 3-day event is guided by the theme; Quality Teachers for the 21st Century.
Ms Museveni in her opening remarks welcomed and thanked everyone for their efforts towards the development of the education sector in Uganda.
She urged teacher educators to ensure that the teachers they train learn some values such as honesty, kindness, humility, patience and self-control.
The minister also called upon the teacher educators to ensure that the curriculum is delivered according to its aspirations because it is competence-based and it builds on from primary school curriculum that was revised a few years ago.
Dr. Margo O’sullivan, the former education chief for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Uganda was the keynote speaker for the day.
She said that Uganda needs to have the capacity to teach their students 21st century.
Dr. Margo urged teachers to take their health and well-being seriously because one won’t be able to teach if their health is poor.
Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan science teacher and Francisian Friar at Keriko mixed day secondary school in Pwani, Nakuru county and winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize graced the occasion. He will be the keynote speaker on day two of the symposium.