District Dialogues in Uganda

We recently presented results of our extensive school review process to local districts in Uganda. Our Programme Director, Josephine, describes how it went:

In Uganda, District Education Dialogues are meetings attended by key stakeholders, including Link, to discuss priorities and progress. At recent meetings I was encouraged to hear that schools still value Link’s input and district officers continue to carry forward our recommendations.

In Kikuube District, the Resident District Commissioner, who is the representative of the President in the districts with a mandate to monitor the performance of government projects, said that he had an increased understanding of the indicators and sources of evidence he should look for when visiting a school following the presentation of our report. Several other participants echoed this. The district planning and budget cycle has just started and we are encouraged to hear the district managers are committed to carrying through our recommendations, particularly around continuous in-service training for teachers and headteachers.

In Kikuube District, we have been invited to present and discuss this report further with the heads of departments in an exclusive meeting focusing on how to take forward the key recommendations highlighted in the report. In Buliisa District, the leadership have also welcomed the reports and expressed their gratitude. They have already invited Link to discuss the recommendations further to follow up from the District Education Dialogue meeting.

Josephine Akiru is the Programme Director of Link in Uganda