Celebrating those who dedicate their lives in pursuit of a better, brighter future…
We all have our favorite teacher, the person who believed in you, who inspired you, who changed your life.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re shining a light on some of our favorite teachers in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, and asking them one question…why do you do what you do?
“If you educate a girl, you educate a nation! We girls are sometimes looked at as only marriage material, especially if you don’t attend school. There’s no gender balances in our community. So I decided to become a teacher to help the next generation, but also most important to advocate for those voiceless women in our communities who can’t read or write.”
“I was inspired by my physics teacher in high school and developed a passion for becoming a teacher. I realized that I can mold and groom young people, because a good teacher helps shape his students’ futures and gives them hope to be successful. There’s also not a lot of science teachers in the country, and I wanted to fill that gap. I believe in the saying that, ‘the nation is, because we are.'”
“Teaching is my passion! I started my journey of teaching while living in Kampala as an urban refugee. I didn’t know English at the time, and was missing out on many opportunities. I went back to school to learn English and become a teacher for other refugees. Education is key. I want to give that to others who were in my place.”
“It’s my job to be a teacher. I like smiling, and I grew up laughing. Teachers inspired me in the way they would bring us together, inspire us, and the way they balanced class and community. I feel so proud to be a teacher.”
“Teaching is my calling. I loved teaching because it’s the only profession where you interact with all kinds of people and kids. A teacher’s learning is continuous. We’re the career mentors to the next generation, showing them that their hard work can pay off. I’m so proud of my job. Teacher’s are always young at heart!”