First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni with the Education Development Partners after their meeting at State House Nakasero on Thursday

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS REQUESTED TO SUPPORT THE LEARNING GENERATION LAB APPROACH IN UGANDA

Education Development Partners in Uganda have been requested to support the Learning Generation Lab approach, a methodology that is being promoted by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (Education Commission) to achieve equal education opportunity for children and young people in the same generation.

The request was made by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni during a meeting to orient the education development partners on the use of the results-based transformative lab approach to improve education and secure every child’s right to an inclusive and quality education.

The meeting chaired by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni at State House Nakasero on Thursday was attended by the World Bank Country Manager Christina Malmberg Calvo, the Belgian Ambassador to Uganda H.E Hugo Verbist who also chairs the Education Development Partners, DFID Education Advisor Ed Barnett, USAID Mission Director Mark Meassick,  BTC Resident Representative Christelle Jocquet plus representatives from WFP, UNICEF, JICA and the Embassies of Irish and Norway.

The Learning Generation Lab Approach being championed in 14 pioneer African Countries by former Tanzanian President H.E Jakaya Kikwete from the International Education Commission aims at improving performance in the Education Sector. It brings together key stakeholders in one place to jointly analyze problems impeding successful delivery of education services in the country and their root causes, recommend priorities for reform and budget for their successful implementation.

Mrs. Janet Museveni said the Lab approach initiative is exciting because it galvanizes every stakeholder to focus more on what must be done to make quality education a reality. She said that it is important to bring the development partners on board and have their input in this process as Uganda starts implementation of the Learning Generation Lab Approach.

“We are fortunate to have this programme at this time when we are searching for something to really help us focus more on achieving quality education and we are very hopeful that each day brings Uganda closer to making quality education possible”, she said.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza introduced the Development Partners to what the Learning Generation Lab methodology entails. He emphasized that the initiative is mainly about improving performance and adhering to what the sector commits to do.

He made a presentation about the recommendations from the Learning Generation Lab Workshop recently organized by the Education Commission in Nairobi for senior government officials and civil society leaders from the 14 pioneer African countries. The pioneer countries include Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, Botswana, Gabon, Chad, Nigeria, Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Cote d’ Ivoire, Mozambique and Tunisia.

He said Uganda was assessed during the Nairobi Workshop and recommended for the next steps of preparing to hold a Lab Workshop in Kampala and create structures to implement the project.

The representatives of the development partners welcomed the initiative describing it as a timely one that would bring the various actors in the education sector together for a common purpose. They each pledged to explore areas to support in this result based framework approach.

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