Gemma Garrett and Jane Thomson have just returned from a hugely successful fact-finding mission to Uganda, exploring possible ideas for future education activities there, including expanding our SciberBrain and Dialogue in Science projects.
With the help of our excellent Ugandan Local Ambassador, Deus Tusibira, we arranged a week-long itinerary which included visits to seven schools (a mix of Government and privately funded schools, which varied in their level of resourcing and facilities), two Universities, the Ugandan National Council for Science and Technology and the British Council.
During the week, we spoke to children from a wide range of backgrounds and their teachers, observed the teaching conditions and facilities, delivered a teachers’ workshop and gave presentations about our objectives. We also held focus group discussions with teachers,University staff, school and university students and science club members regarding their needs and piloted some of our resources and professional development ideas. Everyone was hugely enthusiastic and appreciative that we had come to see them!
The trip was very busy and completely surpassed our expectations in terms of how much we learnt and how many useful contacts we made. We are now brimming with ideas of how we can make a massive difference to schools in Uganda. We hope to realize some of these ideas over the next 12 months to bolster the Society’s international charitable endeavors in collaboration with other interested partners.