North-east teachers Africa bound

nine Aberdeenshire primary school teachers will travel to Uganda as part of a programme to improve access to quality education in sub-Saharan Africa.

The teachers will spend five weeks during the summer living with a family in the Masindi District of Uganda, learning about the realities of life in an African village and working with a host school supporting teachers to improve the quality of education.

The Global Teachers Programme, run by the Link Community Development charity, is designed to enhance the teaching of global citizenship values and target the attitudes of Scotland’s young people.

The Programme, funded by the Wood Family Trust, supports Ugandan teachers to address a range of challenges facing the country, including a shortage of staff and resources, from textbooks to classrooms.

Teachers from New Machar School,Lumsden Primary, Newdeer Primary, Aberchirder Primary, Gordon Primary, Banchory Primary, Westhill Primary, Crombie Primary and Monymusk School will take part.

They will draw on their own experiences to share techniques with their Ugandan counterparts and help them to improve the quality of education they deliver.

Dr Samantha Ross, Link Community Development Scotland project director, said: “By improving teachers’ skills, the Global Teachers Programme has a lasting impact on education in Uganda, which would not be achieved by simply providing resources like books and pens which cannot be replaced due to lack of finances.”

The participants leave for Africa on July 1. They will return to their classrooms with experiences they can use to impart the ideals of global citizenship to their students.

Aberdeenshire Council quality improvement officer, Andrew Ritchie, said: “We feel the opportunity offered to our teachers by this exciting and innovative partnership will enhance our delivery of global citizenship to our young people in our schools and ensure as meaningful and sustainable development of global citizenship as possible.”

Link Community Development is a non-profit making organisation working in Malawi, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda, the UK,

USA and Ireland on long-term development projects.