Strengthening Peacebuilding Competencies through Secondary Education: A case study on Piloting Reformed Lower Secondary Curriculum in Uganda
Uganda is planning a significant reform of the country’s secondary education in the form of a new curriculum that introduced both greatly amended teaching contents and methods compared to the existing curriculum, which was developed under British colonial rule in 1919. In a partnership between Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Centre and UNICEF, there has in September – November 2015 been carried out a pilot-testing of the reformed lower secondary curriculum. Under Unicef’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Program, support has been provided to test excerpts of the reformed curriculum relating to peacebuilding competencies.
The pilot has been carried out in 23 schools in 5 Districts that have been sampled in Karamoja, Northern Uganda, West Nile and South-Western Uganda, and included test materials for the subjects of Social Studies, Life Education and Religious Education.
In this report the findings from a qualitative assessment carried out among 3 pilot schools in Napak District is presented together with feedback from students from approximately 20% of participating schools.