In the vibrant classrooms of East Africa, where dreams take shape against all odds, the aspirations of young hearts know no bounds. Children dream of becoming accountants, lawyers, nurses, engineers, teachers, and doctors. They dream of a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. But not all children have the same opportunities. Some children are born into poverty, others are girls, and still others live in rural areas with class sizes of over two hundred pupils. What type of teacher can stand before a class of two hundred daily? With children leaving for the day as they came—on empty stomachs? During the summer of 2023, I had the privilege to work with those in such a context. And amidst a landscape besieged by adversities that claw at the very essence of life itself, I saw miracles happen every day.
What follows is a personal account of my journey to Uganda and Rwanda with Global Learning Partnerships (GLP). Endorsed by Education Scotland, GLP is an intense and immersive professional learning development opportunity focused on facilitating innovative teaching methods in promoting global and sustainable education. I was able to participate in this opportunity thanks to a generous donation by UHI’s Student Development Fund.