Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) supports universities, industry, communities and government to work together to create a learning experience for students that produce employable and creative graduates for social change.
TESCEA is a partnership funded by the SPHEIR (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) programme.
Uganda Martyrs University
Will help young people in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to use their skills and ideas to tackle social and economic problems. It will support universities to better prepare graduates to secure employment, act entrepreneurially to create their own jobs, or meet community needs as social entrepreneurs.
Will support universities, industry, communities, and government to work together to create an improved learning experience for students – both women and men. This improved learning experience will foster the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and allow for practical learning beyond the classroom that improves a graduate’s employability.
Will develop a scalable, East African pedagogical model that can assist other universities in the future.
This will be achieved by:
Facilitating new approaches to learning – strengthening the ability and motivation of academics to deliver student-focused teaching that helps students learn how to think, not what to think, focusing on critical thinking, problem-solving, negotiation and relationship development
Strengthening connections between universities, local employers, and communities – fostering relationships between universities, employers, and local communities to enable the design of relevant curricula and practical internships
Developing approaches and tools to enable scale-up – developing a CPD toolkit for lecturers, including an open, online course to allow academics across the region to access training, advice, and mentorship on curricula and pedagogical change.
TESCEA will actively address the inclusion of women and other disadvantaged groups by seeking diverse industry and community role models, and identify and address barriers to learning.
The partnership will lay the foundations – through knowledge, networks, skills, and tools – to enable universities across East Africa to produce graduates who have the skills and competencies that local employers and communities need to solve real-world problems. It will also change perceptions of the role that graduates can play for employers and communities, and the role that employers and communities can play in enhancing graduate employability and entrepreneurship.