Graduates of education will find challenging jobs in Uganda. The country has experienced a turbulent past and is now looking to move forward into the 21st Century. As a result, Uganda is in need of qualified and experienced teachers to work in schools and educate the population. The learning required to answer the demands of the growing business sectors starts with young children and goes all the way through to graduating University. With an educated populace, the economy will feel the benefits of the increased tourism combined with an educated population.
Government investment will hopefully see the construction of more public schools, offering a variety of teaching methods for their students. At this stage in the country’s development, the need for qualified and patient teachers is high. As a result the number of teaching jobs in Uganda and education opportunities will be on the rise. Being part of Uganda’s next step forward is an excellent opportunity for any new, or experienced pedagogue.
Most teaching opportunities will be offered in public schools and some private institutions. The types of specialities required will vary depending on the age of the students. Some teachers will need to have expertise in childcare, whilst others will need to be trained in Mathematics or Science.
What kind of jobs can you find?
Most teaching opportunities in Uganda will be found in public schools. However, the types of teaching roles you can find will vary widely depending on the age and the specialty of your subject. For example educators who specialise in younger children will usually be given a class to work with for the entire year. You’ll work closely with all the students in your class and help them develop and learn. The education of young children is a top priority as the formative years are very important to a person’s overall well-being and learning habits. As such patient, caring and qualified teachers will be sought after for primary education in Uganda.
Teaching vacancies are not limited to primary schools, there will also be opportunities in secondary and tertiary education as well. These types of teaching roles are very different to the one previously explored. They focus more on teaching a subject rather than developing the child. As professors in secondary education usually only see their students a few times per week, they can’t focus too much on any particular child, instead focusing on the subject. These scholars are very specialised and as such in high demand. A primary teacher will teach everything from Mathematics and spelling, to Science and reading; whereas a secondary teacher will specialise in usually one or two subjects, and be an English teacher or a science teacher for example.
There are also plenty of administrative roles involved with education as well as teaching assistants. Teaching assistants are a great resource for scholars to increase their effectiveness and reach more children; the job is also an excellent opportunity for people new to the field to get valuable teaching experience and an inside look into what teaching as a job is like.
What qualifications are needed to work as a teacher?
The most important requirement to work as a teacher in Uganda is to have a relevant Bachelor’s in education or a diploma in education. Most schools will only accept educators who have received the proper qualifications. It’s also vital to undertake a practical period, whereby you work with a more experienced pedagogue to learn the ropes and understand how best to handle a class. Most university degrees in education will have a dedicated practical assessment where you get some excellent hands-on experience. If you don’t have the necessary practical experience to be a lecturer, it might be a good idea to apply for a role as a teaching assistant. These kinds of opportunities offer the applicant an excellent chance to learn how to teach without the responsibility of an entire class.
If you are looking to be a specialised secondary professor, often schools will require their applicants to complete a teaching degree within a particular speciality. Sometimes experts in their field will go into teaching after a long career in their specialty. Whatever qualifications you have, you will need to possess patience and be able to work well with children. Not everyone knows how to communicate with children, but if you have this gift you would probably find success in education. Public schools are not only on the look out for new educators, they are also in need of administrative staff. Often times in order to work in admin, you only need a high school diploma, however, it doesn’t hurt to have some kind of university qualification or training as well.
Whatever your specialty the best way to secure a job in education is to get qualified and get some practical experience. Most senior roles require many years of experience, so don’t delay any longer. If education is your calling make sure you get your qualification or apply to a new job now so you can start working as soon as possible.