Volunteering, teaching, or studying abroad has become increasingly common amongst those seeking a different experience from their travels. For Johan Bergqvist, a Swedish Education student, research on the teaching methods in Uganda has sparked a journey overseas.

Education systems vary around the world, often dictated by cultural, political, and social beliefs or norms as well as resource allocation and availability. In Uganda, schools in both rural and urban settings are often faced with multiple challenges. Inadequate funding, limited educational supplies, and lack of staff, they have the added struggle of a maintaining enrolment amongst a student body frequently unable to finance their academic costs.

However, the response to these challenges amongst the educators is a remarkable and inspiring lesson to be observed by many. Despite limitations, the education at schools like the Entebbe Central Secondary School is one that speaks directly to the needs and skills necessary for the students to succeed beyond the walls of their classrooms. Based on a purely practical application and tangible skills based approach, the schools in Uganda have set aside the commonly used theoretical approach favored by Western and European school systems and are providing their students with knowledge and abilities that directly relate to the job opportunities available once they complete their education. It is a brilliant example of a system run by a compassionate community, with an innovative approach, and a dedication to the genuine wellbeing and success of the next generation.

Johan believes there is much to be gained through the incorporation of such practical teaching methods in schools where theory has dominated for so long. For him, the exchange of ideas between teachers from countries a world apart brings a new sense of importance to travel.

Johan Bergqvist and an instructor at the Entebbe Secondary School