Tullow Boosts Primary Education In Oil-rich Districts

cheap geneva;”>They are being taught under the programme “Tullow Oil Link School Improvement Project” (TOLSIP), an initiative of Link Community Development and Tullow Uganda in the Albertine Graben. The Communications Manager Tullow Uganda, Cathy Adengo, said from 2011 to 2012, Tullow oil has supported training of 325 and 415 primary school teachers in Hoima and Buliisa, respectively through this programme.

“Under the programme, the teachers were trained in management disciplines including; School Performance Review; Numeracy and Literacy, Head Teachers School Management; District Capacity building; HIV/AIDS Action Planning, Healthy Schools Programme,” she added.

Mackay Ongona, Senior Education Specialist, Link Community Development said the two districts have greatly improved in their school management, in Buliisa, the training was delivered to 59 out of the targeted 64 Head teachers and deputies, well as in Hoima, the programme was delivered to 45 out of 48 Head teachers and deputies in Hoima.

Jimmy Mugerwa, Tullow Uganda’s General Manager said the British oil firm recognizes the role of education in Uganda as a way of making the country become a middle class.

St. Kizito Primary school students look at textbooks donated by Tullow

“We are proud to be involved in these capacity building efforts that play a critical role in providing a firm foundation for Uganda’s future professionals and leaders. At Tullow, we look at capacity building as one of the focal points of creating shared prosperity to all Ugandans,” he said.


TOLSIP capacity building activities were, aimed at equipping school level stakeholders (teachers, head teachers, School Management Committees and Parents Teachers Associations) with basic skills and knowledge to effectively execute their responsibilities which directly impact on school / pupil performance now and in the future.

A total of 32 primary schools in Bulisa and 24 in Hoima were targeted as part of Phase II of the project during the period 2011-2012.

The project objectives included improving pupil attendance, enrolment and retention rates; pupil performance in public examinations; quality of teachers’ classroom practice and school management; community participation in education; supervision and support of education by district authorities.

Mr. Mugerwa said the programme is designed to address the problems faced in schools like persistent pupil drop out, limited attention given to extracurricular activities, inefficient teacher deployment, teacher absenteeism, limited opportunities for staff professional development, and low learner outcomes.

Mr Ongona, noted that TOLSIP Phase 2 had laid a firm foundation of local capacities of education stakeholders in Buliisa and Hoima to sustainably execute their roles and responsibilities which impact on school/pupil performance.

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