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Teaching As Leadership Development for 21st Century Skills

We harness Uganda's graduate youth talent through training and coaching to unlock the potential of underserved children through education.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Uganda has the youngest population in the world. 80% of Uganda's 37 million people are below 30 years old and 52% below 15 years. Annually, Ugandan universities graduate 40,000 but only 8,000 are able to find a decent job. On the other hand, there are 8.7 million Ugandan children in primary schools and 70% (seven out of ten) drop out before secondary school due to poor quality teaching, lack of mentorship and support and poverty among other challenges. Low-income children are 7 times more likely to drop out of school than their wealthier counterparts. We founded Teach For Uganda (TFU) on July 2015 to address this challenge. We are a local movement of of solution-driven young leaders. We recruit & train talented university graduates from varying fields working towards expanding education opportunity to all children in Uganda in a two -year teaching fellowship. The TFU Fellowship is a contextualized leadership development program that equips young graduates with skills to become excellent teachers as well as change agents in the communities they serve. Fellows undergo six week intensive training followed by quarterly training in pedagogy & leadership and are placed in last mile poor schools in pairs, teaching Math, English& non-cognitive skills proven to inspire children to thrive in a changing world. TFU fellows leave a legacy of inspired and effective teaching and walk away with 21st century leadership skills relevant for any job in the public & private sector as alumni.

WHO BENEFITS?

Uganda's university fresh graduates mostly those without jobs who go on to impact the lives of underserved children while developing both leadership, management, communication and problem solving skills that make them effective managers, and leaders as they matriculate into the public and private sectors. The skills garnered as school teachers, school leaders as well as through their tailored quarterly training equip them with 21st century global economy skills to thrive in any job market.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

Teach For Uganda (TFU) is a local Ugandan non profit organization that recruits, trains and equips Ugandan fresh university graduates with skills in teaching, leadership and management and places them in the most underserved schools to improve the quality of education for low income children.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

Doing customer experience mapping it came out clearly that our potential customers and beneficiaries who are Uganda's recent top university graduates helped us realize the following in our models. We needed to get clear on the incentives that were available for them other than training, stipends and the experience of teaching in the classroom for 2 years. Through this experience we've gain insights to work on long-term support for our fellows during and after the two years of the fellowship. Few of the things that excited our potential fellows were a) A fellowship completion award that they get for completing the fellowship in great standing. This is a $50/month compounded for 24 months for a total $1,200 each to put towards their businesses b) Each Fellow will be linked with a career coach from their sectors of interest to guide them post Fellowship. c) Before completing the fellowship, each fellow will undertake 3 plus Acumen courses in done collaboratively with Plus Acumen in the following a) adaptive leadership b) lean start up principles for social impact c) story telling for change. This will prepare our fellows to be effective leaders in Uganda as alumni of our program.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

In Uganda there are several initiatives and education interventions that are focused on constructing classrooms, teacher capacity building,and providing reading materials to schools, focused on early grade reading, which are all necessary for our nation's children's education. However, we see these interventions as solutions to symptoms of a system historically devoid of leadership from our colonial past. To address this, Uganda needs moral and adaptive leaders with foresight and critical consciousness to prioritize resources, tools and technical expertise that will radically transform the future of education in Uganda. To achieve this, TFU is betting on our strongest asset, our graduate youth who are our nation’s future leaders. By selecting, training and equipping them with leadership skills and immersing them in the challenges that affect their communities, the puzzles of social, political and environmental inequity denying 7/10 children a bright future, in a two ­year reflective teaching experience, they will emerge both as children’s role models, and as leaders with skills, passion and expertise to effectively champion better policies for their communities and nation.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED?

For over 5 decades in Uganda's post independence, most educational interventions and youth development programs have followed the 'cookie cutter' old colonial education models of implementing rote memorization, little to no critical thinking and independent work-related skills by the learner. In turn this produced devastating results for a nation with 78% of the population below 30 years-old where 68% of all graduates (2 million) are under or unemployed. Coupled with government's lack of creating industries to employ these millions of youth, the problem created a cycle of poverty that plagues our youthful population today. TFU exists to address the root causes of this issue through skills

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

We have 3 questions but due to lack of capacity have not fully explored them. 1. Corporate partnerships and internships. We are exploring corporate partners in Uganda and work is underway between us, Huawei and Barclays bank to ensure that post fellowship, our alumni can secure a month internship of their choice & if successful they are taken on as a staff. Exploring the same at the Ministry of Education. 2. Scale and sustainability of scale. We envision 67% growth to reach more youth & kids but need a revenue generator to sustain it, which leads to 3) Building a TFU institute that can house our trainings as well as become a hub for other entrepreneurs and generate revenue for TFU.

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

This is idea is completely new to both me and my organization. We have been working on the research and development of this idea since July 2015. We became a fully registered non profit in Uganda in February 2016. The "Teach For Model" has been incredibly successful in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Despite this success, no one in Africa had seen the game-changing potential of this idea given our very important asset, our youthful graduates. Fortunately, Ghana's entrepreneurs have taken on the model and launched it early this year in the Volta region & it is now fully supported by the Ghana Education Service. Having spent time in India with firsthand experience f Teach For India's impact and more time with Teach For Ghana and Teach For Haiti's CEOs, countries with similar youth and educational challenges as Uganda, I believe this model contextualized to our inequity will move a needle on improving leadership skills for youth in Uganda and move a needle on education inequity, and inspire other entrepreneurs in East Africa to explore it. We are breaking ground in Uganda & have support from government to pilot this idea in 15 schools in Luwero District.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

The Teach For Uganda team is dedicated to fully implementing this idea. We have already secured placement with 15 rural public schools in Luwero district. These are some of the poorest and low performing schools in the country with a shortage of qualified teachers. We are working towards launching recruitment of our inaugural class of 30 teaching fellows from six college campuses in February 2017. We have support from the US Embassy in Uganda, Rockdale, Pershing Square & Isroff Foundations
Catalina a representative from Ensena Por Colombia showing her support  to TFU
Paola, an Ensena Por Mexico (Teach For Mexico) representative voicing her support for TFU to launch soon
A team of Ensena Por (Teach For) Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina & Mexico all showing support for Teach For Uganda
One of our teaching fellow candidates engages with grade two students of one of our partner schools.
Here the Teach For All team with early stage entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda with the MarcArthur Foundation staff. Collaboration and partnership and shared learned lessons is strong across Teach For programs, which is a huge support and inspiration for Teach For Uganda's vision to succeed and inspire others across East and Central Africa
 At Teach For Uganda,our core values are children and youth first, Always Learning and Relentless Pursuit of Results and Excellence. In honor of our values we are looking ahead to 2017 and 2018 and the fundraiser board dinner above is geared to help us raise enough funds to get TFU to launch in 2017 and able to show our results to government for their support as well as corporate, foundations and our individual partners. We would be honored to be part of Amplify's Leadership Network and would share our experiences and networks with the Amplify network for collective and collaborative impact.

Teach For Uganda is a nationwide movement of solution-driven leaders working to expand educational opportunity for all children in Uganda. We achieve this by harnessing our nation's best asset, Uganda's brilliant and graduate youth who are our future leaders by training and equipping them with classroom teaching, management and leadership skills in a two-year teaching as leadership fellowship to effect change in underserved schools and communities across the country. Throughout the two year fellowship experience, Fellows gain hands-on 21st century skills and mindsets to effectively transform Uganda's public and private sector institutions as alumni of our program. 

Why are graduates suited to both improve the learning outcomes of low-income children while growing as next generations of leaders in Uganda in just 2 years? 

By virtue of their academic qualifications and continuous quarterly pedagogical ( classroom management and teaching methods) training and coaching, throughout the two-year fellowship, the Fellows will: 1) uplift the academic and non-academic learning outcomes of underserved children, 2) Prove that Uganda’s brilliant university graduates can and should go into the teaching profession, hence improving the reputation of teaching nationally, 3) inspire school heads, teachers, as well as government education leaders, and shape positive trajectories of children and their schools as role models and mentors.

Teach For Uganda's (TFU) Theory of Change

In the short term, we place brilliant and committed graduates as teachers in poor and remote classrooms that would otherwise have had no teacher or at best a secondary school dropout to interactively teach Mathematics, Science and English as well-as work-related skills such as home economics (cooking, cleaning, baking, carpentry, gardening and agriculture in addition to non-cognitive skills, such as empathy, determination, compassion, critical thinking and problem solving and teamwork proven to help youth thrive in a fast globally interdependent economy. 


In the long term, Fellows will cultivate skills, tools and mindsets within the two year fellowship, and with the support of the alumni coach, TFU will be building a “Leadership In Education” pipeline of strong and committed leaders who will  continue driving systemic education change in Uganda’s private and public sector institutions as policy makers, Ministry of Education leaders, inspectors of schools, school heads, teachers as well as intra and entrepreneurs.

Because this idea and model has never been attempted in East Africa despite it's success in 40 countries to date, including some that have similar contextual social, political, and geographical challenges such as Haiti, India, Nepal and Ghana, the US Embassy in Uganda, Pershing Square Foundation and individual donors and board members supported us to pilot it in Uganda. It would be our honor to have the fiscal and mentorship support of the IDEO.Org's Amplify team and network.  So far, we have received authorization from the Ministry of Education Sports, Technology and Enterprise (MoESTs) to pilot this program in Uganda.  After we approached the Luwero district government seeking to pilot the model, the Chief Accounting and Administrative Officer (CAO) not only recommended the regions that were in so much need but also has joined our advisory board to help us with leveraging more local and national government support as we seek to scale this program in at least 5 more district in the next five years.  So far, Teach For Uganda has received additional committed support from the Rockdale Foundation, Issroff Family Foundation and is applied to other foundations, corporate partners that given IDEO.org support, the team will ensure both the launching of the TFU Teaching as Leadership Fellowship Program in 2017 as wellas garner more support to ensure our program's sustainability. 

 Given our one year in existence, we've also built a strong board of directors that will support and ensure accountability and sustainability of  the Teach For Uganda as an organization as well as our fellowship program.  All our board members have expertise both in the global north as well as the global south having run their own enterprises or led government departments for 7-10 years. 

Teach For Uganda (TFU) Board 

1. Barbara Bush: CEO and Co-founder Global Health Corps.  Advises TFU on organizational strategy, business development and Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships. 

2.  Sabrina Dupre: Global Brand Director at Acumen. Advises TFU on  Branding, Strategy, and Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships.  

3.  Derrick Nkata:  Deputy Chief of Party. USAID/RTI -School Health and Reading Program (SHRP). Advises TFU on org development, strategic government and corporate partnerships. 

4.  George Eustice Gakwandi: Luwero District Head of Government and Accounting Officer : Advises TFU on government partnerships and regional integration. 

Teach For Uganda 2017-2018 Budget and Projected Funding Pipeline

Item

2016

2017

2018


Raised

Committed

Projected

Total amount Raised in 2016

$50,000

$50,000


Pershing Square Foundation

$25,000



Rockdale Foundation


$10,000


US Embassy Ambassador’s Grant

$10,000

$25,000


Issroff Family Foundation


$2,500


Individuals

$15,000

$12,500






Gap To Goal for 2017         


$260,000

679,560

Total Budget 2017


$310,000

 $679,560





Potential Partners  & Amount in Pipeline Requests

Status (Projected)

Amount ($)

(Projected)

Rockdale Foundation

Verbal commitment

$10,000


  Lessons for Life Foundation

Submitted

$60,000


              Even Ground

Submitted

$10,000


              Wellspring Advisors

Submitted

$150,000


               Isroff Foundation

Submitted

$10,000


               US Embassy, Kampala

To renew 2017

$25,000


               Varkey Foundation

Accepted Submission of Interest RFP due Jan 15th

$50,000


Huawei Technologies

Submitted Jan 19th

$30,000

$50,000

PSIPSE ( Consortium with Teach For All) for the next 2 years 

Submitted Dec. 23rd

$250,000

$250,000

          Total Amount in Requests               

(Projected)

$685,000

$860,000





Fellowships and other Prospects with multiple steps

Application Process

Amount


Echoing Green

1st round submitted

$90,000


IDEO.0rg  Youth Empowerment Challenge

At 2nd round


$150,000

Elma Philanthropies

2018-forward


$30,000

Segal Family Foundation

2018-forward


$100,000

DFID –Girl Education Challenge

2017-forward


$250,000

Barclays Bank

2018-forward


$30,000


SHARE ONE SENTENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, AND ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THERE.

By 2021 due to the impact of our Teaching Fellows in classrooms of underserved children and on their own professional development, TFU would like to spark a national policy dialogue on reforming our education system to allow all our children to be taught by university graduates as opposed to secondary school graduates. How might we inspire a national policy dialogue that would require all Ugandan children to be taught by a well trained and qualified teacher with a minimum of a university degree?

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Under $100,000

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 100 km of where our team does most of its work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN WORKING ON THIS PILOT PROJECT TOGETHER?

  • More than a year

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING AMPLIFY'S PORTFOLIO OF INNOVATORS?

Amplify is a network of some of the world’s most innovative social entrepreneurs – leaders who are navigating challenges in unique geographical, political and social contexts to achieve unprecedented impact. An opportunity to access these leaders and mentorship while supporting each other to leverage our unique skillsets to achieve collaborative impact would be paramount to me. I’m excited to offer the amplify innovators, my network and experiences of advocating for ethical solutions to poverty.
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Charlotte Kwizera Iraguha Resume.pdf

Charlotte Kwizera Iraguha, Co-founder and Chief of Programs (COP) and interim COO

TFU Program Summary & 2017-2018 Buget with Committed & Projected Funding Pipeline.pdf

At TFU we believe that if we are to confront the issue of youth unemployment for the long term, we must start where it begins, in the classroom. And for us teaching is leadership, and as such, nation building begins in the classroom. Our poor and most vulnerable children must taught and mentored by role models who will inspire them to dream beyond their challenges, develop their skills and character to achieve their fullest potential, and become productive citizens in an ever changing world.

Ideo.org Customer Experience Mapping final.pdf

This is the customer experience Map that we went through with one of our potential graduate that would benefit from our program. Here Peter Musisi, an engineering graduate finds himself with an opportunity to grow professionally as a leader while impacting the future of hundreds of young people that would otherwise have no role model in their community. This opportunity wouldn't be possible for him without Teach For Uganda's Teaching as Leadership Program.

Arinaitwe_J_Resume.pdf

James Kassaga Arinaitwe- Co-founder and CEO's resume

Empwoering Youth in East Africa. Ideo.org Challenge Concept.pdf

Teach For Uganda's concept that has already garnered us partnership and support fro the U.S Embassy, Kampala under the leadership of US Ambassador to Uganda, Amb. Deborah Malac as well as other partnerships with repute organizations, foundations and individuals who believe in this model as one that will galvanize the resources and partnerships needed to transform Uganda's education system while equipping our youth with the skills they need for 21st century constantly changing economy.

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