Committed to personal and professional development, UNELTA members look out for opportunities for collaboration, and for intercultural competence enhancement. In 2017, UNELTA member, Amoni Kitooke, is participating in the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) and hopes to share his experience with Ugandan teachers, as well as other UNELTA partners in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya among others.
The ILEP is a 5-month long fellowship sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, a US-based non-profit organization. During the program, fellows are placed at universities in the United States where they study a leadership course, a technology course, audit two graduate courses, and complete an internship with a public school. The fellows are attached to host families which help to give them an authentic American experience. They also engage in various activities depicting American culture and values.
In 2017, 64 teachers from 13 different countries placed at Kent State University, James Madison University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Arizona State University. Five of these are from Ugandan. Amoni is placed at the Gerald Read Center for International and Intercultural Education, Kent State University.
We always encourage members of UNELTA to utilize all opportunities available for personal and professional development. This contributes immensely to UNELTA’s capacity to impact both on learners and on teachers in Uganda and beyond.