Teachers trained in establishment & solving problems affecting learners


KABALE– Teachers have been urged to always identify the problems affecting learners, if they are to improve on their academic performance.

This was revealed on Wednesday by an Activist on Gender Based Violence who is also a Human Rights Defender on Protection of Women’s and Children Right, Faith Tushabe Kayeeye, while facilitating on the first day of a two days training at Hilltop hotel in Kabale Municipality, organized by Action for Development (ACFODE) in partnership with We Effect with support from European Union, on a three year project dubbed “Protection of Women’s and Children Rights in Uganda” which is running from July 2020 to June 2023.

The project aims to contribute towards protection and promotion of women’s and children’s rights through strengthened capacities of CSOs and duty bearers to eliminate violence against women and children in Uganda.  

The training is being attended by selected teachers from government Aided primary schools located in the Sub counties where ACFODE operates from the districts of Rukiga, Rubanda, Kanungu and Kisoro in South western Uganda. The project is also being implemented in the districts of Kalungu and Bukomansimbi in the Central region.

Tushabe said that Teachers are trained in psychology where they should be able to identify problems which may affect the academic performance and the behaviors of the children as well as providing guidance and counseling and looking for a solutions, instead of judging them for poor academic performance.

She added that teachers should also be able to talk to parents and guardians of these children to overcome any problem affecting them.

Madam Faith Tushabe Kayeeye added that school head teachers should ensure that their respective schools have guidance and counseling staff to comfort children before getting mental challenges as well as to help them improve on academic performance.


The ACFODE Project officer In-charge of South Western Region Allan Mugabe said that they organized the training after carrying out a baseline survey at the beginning of a project dubbed “Protection of Women’s and Children Rights in Uganda” where they found of that violence against women and children was high. 

Mugabe said that the survey was carried out in the Sub counties where ACFODE operates for example in Kamwezi and Kashambya in Rukiga district, Nyamweru and Muko in Rubanda district, Kanaaba and Murora Sub Counties in Kisoro district, Kihiihi town Council and Rutenga Sub County in Kanungu district all in South Western Region. 

He therefore said that the reason for training is to enhance teachers’ knowledge on gender equality and Children’s rights, to strengthen teachers’ capacity in handling and responding to violence against Children, to support them in forming and strengthening Gender Based Violence prevention clubs in their respective schools. 

Mugabe said that he is optimistic that the teachers being trained will be change agents in their respective schools and in the community.