Uganda Project

Author: Ilaria Schnyder

The Luigi Giussani Institute for Higher Education (LGIHE), an educational institute based in Kampala, Uganda, will conduct a three-year school-based training program for teachers, head teachers, students, and parents to improve school culture and unite the school community around the task of educating youth. The project will be conducted in seven Roman Catholic private schools in Uganda, two of which are maintained by the Congregation of Holy Cross with the other five being diocesan. LGHIE will implement the trainings in these schools from January 2015 through May 2017.

The goal of the professional development is to improve teachers’ and head teachers’ (i.e., school leadership) appreciation of their role as educators and to increase their understanding of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships in both teaching and learning. The program’s stated goals are to (1) increase the professionalism of teachers and head teachers, (2) improve the culture of the school (3) place students and their individual needs and aspirations at the center of the educational process, (4) improve student academic, social, and emotional outcomes and greater commitment of teachers to their profession. The project also aims to enhance the relationship between schools, families and local community.

The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, a program of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, will evaluate this intervention and investigate further avenues of research related to student and teacher well-being.  The research considers whether or how the intervention results in changed attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and relationships between teachers, students and parents.

The Ford Research Team will employ a mixed methodology involving quantitative surveys, observations, and qualitative tools, which will allow for a comprehensive understanding of the intervention.