In a recent event commemorating World Teachers’ Day at Kololo Independence Grounds, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni encouraged teachers to use their professional knowledge to help improve Uganda’s social and economic development. He emphasized the importance of the right approach to knowledge transfer in the education system.
During his address, President Museveni expressed concerns about some aspects of the education system, particularly when students trained in certain fields end up pursuing similar professions as their parents. He urged teachers to reflect on the outcomes of their teaching and consider how it affects social progress.
The President highlighted the historical challenges Uganda faced in shaping its education system, with some advocating for the imitation of foreign models. However, he stressed that his government had consistently opposed such notions and worked to ensure that education aligned with the needs and aspirations of Ugandans.
President Museveni outlined a three-part approach to knowledge transfer in education. This approach includes mastering basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, studying society, and exploring the natural world. He believes that these elements can either enhance people’s well-being or hinder it, depending on how they are taught.
The theme of the World Teachers’ Day event was “The teachers we need for the education we want: the global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.” The President’s remarks underscored the vital role that teachers play in shaping the future of Uganda by imparting knowledge and skills that contribute to the nation’s development.