Teaching Agriculture Practically: Building Ugandan teachers’ capability to skill youth for agriculture

Teaching Agriculture Practically ensures that Uganda’s future agriculture teachers and instructors have the pedagogical and technical competencies as well as the necessary relations with key actors in the agriculture sector to deliver quality, relevant agricultural education and training. Through effective teaching, these teachers and instructors ensure that students gain the skills they need to start their own businesses, get a job or pursue higher studies in agriculture. The 2.56 million EUR initial commitment to the capacity development of the National Teachers Colleges Mubende and Unyama and National Instructors College Abilonino benefits 980 student-teachers and 249 student-instructors over the period 2019-2021.

Entity

VVOB - education for development Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Partners

  • Belgium, Directorate-general Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • Uganda, Ministry of Education and Sports, Teacher and Instructors Education and Training Department

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

description

For the foreseeable future, agriculture will remain the sector that absorbs most Ugandan youth. Increasingly, secondary education and training are becoming the springboard for entry into the world of work. But to gain the skills they need to start their own agribusinesses or get a job, young people depend on competent teachers and instructors.

Teaching Agriculture Practically (TAP) ensures that Uganda’s future agriculture teachers and instructors have the pedagogical and technical competencies as well as the necessary relations with key actors in the agriculture sector to deliver quality, relevant agricultural education and training.

TAP strengthens the initial teacher/instructor education provided by the agriculture departments of two National Teacher Colleges, Mubende and Unyama, and of the National Instructors College Abilonino in three key areas:

1) Practice teaching in lower secondary and secondary TVET to gain pedagogical skills and confidence.

2) Agricultural production units at the colleges as spaces for learning and earning to gain technical and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes.

3) Exposure visits and internships to understand the demand side of skills for the agriculture sector and build relations with key actors in the agribusiness ecosystem.

Between 2019 and 2021, VVOB provides capacity development support to the colleges.

TAP is fully aligned with the priorities of the Ugandan government, as expressed in Skilling Uganda: BTVET Strategic Plan, the National Teacher Policy and the TVET Policy. The program is governed by a Steering Committee led by the Ministry of Education and Sports, with representatives from VVOB and the colleges.

https://www.vvob.org/en/programmes/uganda-teaching-agriculture-practically

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 20 youth employment stakeholders supported through technical assistance, capacity-building or peer learning

    4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States

    Teaching Agriculture Practically builds the capacity of National Teachers Colleges Mubende and Unyama and National Instructors College Abilonino at the institutional, organisational and individual level (minimum 20 key staff) through training, coaching/mentoring, peer learning, study visits, relationship brokering, etc.

    BY: Dec 2021
  • 4 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States

    Teaching Agriculture Practically provides technical and financial support to staff from the Ministry of Education and Sports, National Teacher Colleges Mubende and Unyama, and National Instructors College Abilonino to participate in minimum 4 national or regional forums/networks/events on (skilling for) youth employment in agriculture.

    BY: Dec 2021
  • 6 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States

    VVOB, National Teacher Colleges Mubende and Unyama, and National Instructors College Abilonino will co-create min. 6 knowledge products on initial teacher/instructor education for quality and relevant agricultural education and training.

    BY: Dec 2021
  • National strategies for youth employment supported in their development or operationalization in 1 country (Uganda)

    4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    VVOB Uganda is a member of the Technical Working Group Skilling of the Education Development Partners group. Teaching Agriculture Practically contributes to the implementation of the following national strategies -- Skilling Uganda: BTVET Strategic Plan, National Teacher Policy and TVET Policy. 

    BY: Dec 2021

Start

01-Jan-2019

End

31-Dec-2021

USD 2,799,360

Estimated total value of the commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19

Primarily:
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond

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