Learning Outcomes: the measure of progress for Uganda's education

Every year, Uganda spends billions of shillings on education. Universal Primary Education, which has given so many more children access to school, accounts for over half of this. However, it has been evidently pointed out  by many sources including Uwezo, Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE), that many children are not learning.

In order to have a clear understanding of the situation, on 12-14 April 2017, Twaweza in partnership with Kyambogo University, Makerere University and Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Systems Architects - Australia (CACSA) successfully convened the 1st National Conference on Learning Outcomes in Uganda. 

The conference brought over one hundred academics and practitioners, was held under the theme: Learning Outcomes: the measure of progress for Uganda’s education. 

The conference aimed to:

  • Raise the profile of and catalyse debate around learning outcomes at national level
  • Shape perceptions and knowledge of what counts as quality education - that schooling doesn't equal learning
  • Promote the idea that the degree to which children acquire foundational competences must be the key measure of Uganda’s education system
  • Influence actions and interventions to improve learning outcomes
  • Contribute to national and global knowledge through a book publication based on the proceedings of the conference.

Schooling, whether we like it or not, is not just about academic performance but it has an impact on the child’s social and emotional wellbeing and health and other aspects of his/her development

The conference noted that children are leaving school without learning outcomes needed by the world of work. High academic qualifications are achieved without developing and demonstrating key job-related competences such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, creativity, entrepreneurship, teamwork and resilience, which have become even more essential in the modern world. Conference participants strongly recommended that Uganda’s education system should focus on preparing young people for the world of work and as global citizens who will help build Uganda as a modern and prosperous country. 

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