6 April 2014

Uganda: Schools Should Change Learning Processes


For over six decades, learning in this country has centered on the teacher.

For many learners who left school before 2005, the teacher was the all-knowing mortal in the classroom and everyone listened unquestioningly to his or her words. Indeed the teacher walked into class and dictated notes to the learners, who took them down and mostly memorized them, assured that this was the only truth in existence.

For a while this was alright as long the teacher was sticking to a syllabus that added value to the existing society. However, with the changing environment around them, teachers and learners are finding that the old wisdom is no longer sacred.

As with all change, only those who adjust are able to succeed. Gayaza High School is one of those schools that is adjusting with the times. The school administration has realised that its learners have something to contribute and has involved them in learning and teaching other learners both on campus and in the surrounding communities.

With this, the students are also realizing that they have something to contribute. Such initiatives coupled with an all-inclusive overhaul of the curriculum should be encouraged so that learning will be a worthwhile activity. Students should be allowed to realize the value of what they are learning by practising and sharing with others.

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