28 June 2006

Uganda: 11,000 Teachers Benefit From U.S. Peace Corps Programme

Kampala — ABOUT 11,000 teachers benefited from the United States Peace Corps Volunteers Programme in 2005, Education Minister Namirembe Bitamazire has said.

The programme, which started in 1961, is an initiative of former US President John F. Kennedy where volunteers come to Uganda to train teachers in various aspects of education including improving classroom practice and enhancing school leadership.

Speaking at celebrations to mark 45 years of Peace Corps work in Uganda on Sunday, Bitamazire said her ministry appreciates the contributions made by the volunteers in Uganda.

"The Ministry of Education commends the Peace Corps programme for the contributions they have made in the field of education by providing in-service training to our teachers to improve their school leadership skills and the work you do to encourage community support for schools," she said.

"We appreciate your work in supporting and providing valuable service in HIV /Aids education among the youth in our community."

Bitamazire said Uganda has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Peace Corps dating back to 1964 when the first volunteers arrived in Uganda.

"Your voluntary work has touched the lives of many Ugandans including President Yoweri Museveni who was taught Chemistry by a Peace Corps volunteer, Moses Howard," Bitamazire said.

There are currently 74 volunteers in Uganda including 32 who are serving as primary teachers trainers at core primary teachers' colleges and 42 who are working with various community based and NGOs mainly focusing on health and HIV/Aids issues.

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