PEDAL Training in Entebbe starts
A Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (PedaL) Training training opened on the 25th of February 2019 and is to run for one week at the Imperial Botanical Beach hotel in Entebbe. The training, organized by Uganda Martyrs University, one of the five PEDAL implementing Universities in Africa, is the first of its kind to be held in Uganda. The training is organized as a collaborative effort with other Universities to foster pedagogical reforms and transformation of Higher Education in Uganda, East African region, and indeed the entire African continent.
The training was officially opened by Dr. Cyrus Ssebugenyi, the Principal Higher Education Officer, who represented the Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in Uganda, and assured the participants of the continuous support from the NCHE. The Uganda Martyrs University Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri who was present at the opening, appreciated the efforts of PEDAL in transforming the teaching and learning environment at the university, with the view to producing relevant and skilled graduates who will remarkably impact the society. He thanked all universities present and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) as PEDAL Lead Partner, for the great collaboration in organizing the training workshop. He appealed to universities within Uganda to cherish the collaborative effort, and also to establish more networks of collaboration such as PEDAL.
Universities in participation include Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Christian University, Gulu University, University of Kisubi, Makerere University, Kyambogo University, University of Nairobi, Moi University, Strathmore University, University of Ibadan, and the University of Jos in Nigeria,
The PedaL training is being co-hosted by Uganda Martyrs University and Uganda Christian University.
Both Universities have had a long-standing relationship with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR). The two Universities are currently part of a partnership of 11 other universities across 7 African countries that offer the collaborative Master of Research and Public Policy (MRPP). A key element of the MRPP is a focus on pedagogical innovations that deliver exceptional learning moments.
The emphasis on alternative pedagogy that delivers exceptional learning moments that has been emphasized on the MRPP has now been crystallized through the PedaL training program. This pedagogical training is aimed at equipping teaching staff to deliver courses across a range of university programmes innovatively so as to maximize learning outcomes.