About the Program

The Teacher Exchange is a program that allows Ugandan and international educators to form teaching partnerships while exposing their students to a world outside their borders. International educators team-teach in northern Uganda each summer for six weeks, and, in a reciprocal exchange, Ugandan educators visit the schools of the international educators each winter.

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    Program Statistics

    • 150 North American teachers have traveled to Uganda and team-taught with 162 Ugandan teachers
    • 16 Ugandan teachers have traveled to the United States and team taught with 37 North American teachers as part of the Reciprocal Teacher Exchange
    • 11 partner schools involved in program

    Program Methodology

    Started in 2007 to enhance present educational models, the Teacher Exchange seeks to challenge teachers, administrators, and students in Uganda and abroad to create long-term learning opportunities that develop capacity for whole school communities in Uganda and abroad. TEX provides opportunities for teachers to encourage one another and build the teaching capacity of all participants. To date, the program has worked with over 150 American and Canadian teachers, allowing each of them to team-teach with a Ugandan educator at one of our 11 partner schools during a six-week summer teaching session. A reciprocal exchange occurs each January, giving Ugandan educators from our 11 partner schools the opportunity to travel to the United States and teach alongside their American counterparts. This cross-cultural collaboration benefits all participants, making classrooms more competitive, one teacher at a time.

    Elizabeth Teacher ExchangeTeacher Spotlight: Elizabeth

    Elizabeth, a teacher at Sir Samuel Baker Secondary School in northern Uganda, spent last January in San Francisco teaching alongside an American educator. Elizabeth shared her love for the English language with her American students and exposed them to Ugandan culture, teaching them about the food, dance, and customs of northern Uganda. Once back in her home country, Elizabeth shared the experience with her students, breaking their stereotypes of the United States by informing them that the U.S. is not just what they see in the movies, full of cities and skyscrapers, but is a vast country with farmland and redwoods too.

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