KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 80 East African secondary school teachers met in Kampala, Uganda, December 9-10 to discuss how to create more inclusive and constructive classrooms, schools, and communities.
The workshop centered on the importance of creating gender-friendly learning environments, the value of promoting science and technology-based education, and the necessity of English language instruction for student success in the 21st century. Teachers also networked with entrepreneurs, community leaders, and education experts from Africa and the United States.
"[I] leave with renewed energy to make changes," said Elimatamu Mwakilasa, an ILEP alumnus from Tanzania who attended the workshop. "I am ready to take on challenges in my classes and [help] students become global citizens."
"Education should be about molding and shaping the next generation of leaders who will make a difference in their communities," said Onano.
Maxine Lunn, Program Officer at the US Department of State, spoke about the importance of connecting teachers across East Africa to find innovative ways to teach their students and lead in their classrooms and communities.
"Each teacher has proven to be a leader and a master teacher. Bringing them all together close to home after their exchange experience will help them to strengthen connections, share ideas, and to do so in a familiar environment," said Lunn.
"We saw real bonds across countries and expertise," said IREX Acting Program Director Mariya Chetyrkina. "These bonds will advance secondary education in East Africa for years to come."