Foundations for Learning (F4L) Conference

Empowering educators: Building transformative and inclusive educational ecosystems in East Africa and beyond​

​April 17 - 19, 2024 | Four Points by Sheraton, Kampala, Uganda ​

​The 2024 Uganda Conference provides an opportunity to share with key stake holders in the education subsector the outcomes of the F4L in​​​tervention including best practices, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration. The conference also provides opportunity for other stakeholders including policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from other universities, and civil society actors to show case the work they have done in the education subsector to advance teacher development as well as strengthen partnership and greater collaboration. 

The conference seeks evide​nce of what can become best practices with replicability and scalability potential. You are therefore welcome to submit your abstract for a presentation on any of the subthemes highlighted.​

​Conference sub-themes 

​Sub-theme 1: Teacher Professional Development, Learning and Empowerment

The numerous reforms in curriculum and teacher professionalization in the East African region has turned the spotlight on teachers and their role in the provision of quality education and, therefore the need to understand their learning, development and empowerment from the different perspectives as outlined in the sub-theme areas below:

  • Innovative teacher development practices and models – challenges and opportunities 
  • Teachers as users, drivers of technology for enhanced teacher and/or student learning
  • Teachers and curriculum implementation – successes, possibilities, and constraints
  • Policy impact on teacher professionalization 
  • Teacher well-being

Sub-theme 2: Managing Educational Policy and Curriculum Reforms
This sub-theme will address the critical role of school or institutional leadership in managing educational change broadly and policy and curriculum changes specifically in under resourced educational contexts. Presenters will share on:
  • Implementing policy and/or curriculum reforms in low resourced contexts

  • Challenges and opportunities in implementing curriculum reform

  • Innovative approaches aligned to the broader goals of inclusivity and transformation in East African education.

Sub-theme 3: Innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment Models and Practices

This sub-theme explores innovative assessment models and practices to improve learning outcomes in the context of competence-based curriculum implementation. Presenters will share on:

  • Innovative models and practices in assessment 

  • Assessment and ICT

  • Linking Assessment, learning, and learning outcomes

  • Assessment and feedback

  • Assessment in the context of CBC​

Sub-theme 4: Gender, Diversity, and Disability Inclusion in Education 

Presenters will share ways of creating inclusive and equitable educational systems that consider the unique and diverse needs of learners and teachers considering the following:

  • Implementation and accountability of inclusive policies at national and institutional levels  

  • Impact of gender-responsive pedagogy on classroom learning 

  • Inclusive education models and practices for learners with disability

  • Best practices and success stories on the effective implementation of strategies that promote and sustain gender, diversity, and disability inclusion in schools and classrooms 

Sub-theme 5: Integration of Technology and Digital Literacies in Education

Presenters will share innovative models and practices in the following areas of technology use in education:

  • Digital pedagogies

  • Digital literacy 

  • Inclusivity, equity and diversity in technology integration 

  • Ethical and safe use of technology in the era of fast technological advancement 

Sub-theme 6: Leading Educational Change

This sub-theme focuses on the role of educational leaders in managing educational institutions in an era of disruptions. Presentations will showcase innovative models and practices in the following areas:

  • School and/or college leadership 

  • Pedagogical leadership

  • Leadership in and for gender equity and disability inclusion

  • Leadership in ICT integration

  • Empowering educators for educational leadership

Sub-theme 7: Researching Teacher Development Policy and Practice.

This subtheme underscores the critical role that research plays in educational transformation. Presenters will examine the following: 

  • Research for educational policy and practice in the context of East Africa

  • Model classroom practices in teacher education

  • Emerging evidence on CBC implementation and practice 

  • Best practices and success stories in ICT integration in education

  • Awareness and responsiveness to gender and disability inclusion in education