Ugandan School selected among top 100 World Schools

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Wakadogo Primary School in Gulu City has for the second time in a row been honored to take part in a prestigious worldwide celebration of educational achievement and excellence.

Wakadogo School, a not-for-profit amongst the 100 schools across the globe that has been selected ranging from kindergarten to secondary schools to participate in World Education Week to celebrate the work done by schools and education systems in the face of challenges.

The selected participating schools will share their experiences and expertise from the different continents gained over this period so that teachers, schools, and education systems around the world can emulate these noble practices.

The World Education Week, which takes place online starting today Sunday 3rd until  Friday 8th October 2021 is running under the theme ‘School Celebration’. It will comprise 100 events, each aligned to one of ten sub-themes that includes community partnership and collaboration.

Other thematic areas involve innovation; overcoming adversity and building resilience; supporting healthy lives; environmental sustainability; creative approaches to problem-solving; global citizenship, and student leadership.

Charles Odong Kigundi, the Head-teacher of the school disclosed to URN during an interview that Wakadogo School will host the celebration as part of World Education Week on October 4, 2021 at 11:00am on the theme of “Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience.”

Odong-Kigundi explained that while education institutions in Uganda have been largely closed since March 2020 due to the global pandemic, Wakadogo School has been able to conduct at least 20,000 face-to-face homeschooling lessons in the community to ensure continuity of learning.

Wakadogo was founded in 2009 to address gaps in education among vulnerable learners following the impacts of the two-decade long civil war orchestrated bed the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels against Uganda Government.

Zayna Aston, the Wakadogo School London based Communications Officer said the school will continue to focus on overcoming adversity and building community resilience especially during the global pandemic to provide a safe, stimulating educational environment for the intellectual, creative and physical development of the children of Acholiland.

Meanwhile, Vikas Pota, the Founder of T4 Education, an educational leader and entrepreneur described the Education Week celebration as the world’s largest education conference aimed at supporting teachers and schools by providing them with opportunities to learn from and share experiences.

“It is our hope that through these 100 celebrations we will inspire other schools with ideas and strategies that have succeeded elsewhere as a way of helping every learner achieve their potential,” Pota said in a press release.

The World Education Week was held for the first time in October 2020 and attended online by over 40,000 teachers and educationists. 

The platform enables schools and education organizations to share their stories of success and to come together to advocate for quality education for all. 

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