During the weekend of August 17 & 18, 2019, UNELTA hosted the ALZELC** Conference at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. This second ALZELC conference, running on the theme: Ensuring Inclusive, Quality Education and Life-long Learning for all, through ELT.
The Conference was primarily resourced by the US Department of State through its Dar es Salaam-based Regional English Language Office (RELO) and the US Embassy Kampala. Other resources were received from Coca-Cola, ELT Consultants and the International Center for Educational and Cultural Exchange (ICECE). The US Embassy in Nairobi and Windle Trust International sponsored participants from Kenya and South Sudan, respectively. The conference attracted over 300 participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar (the island part of Tanzania), Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Colleagues from Rwanda sent apologies because of challenges beyond their control.
Over the two days, workshops, plenary sessions, tip-sharing sessions, panel discussions and other forms of presentation occupied 23.5 hours. The conference was punctuated with a cultural exchange evening hosted at the Grand Global Hotel in the evening of the first day of the conference.
The next ALZELC Conference will he held in Kenya. Details will be shared as they become available.
**The African Lake Zone English Language Consortium (ALZELC) is a teachers’ professional development union of Teachers’ Associations from countries with a close proximity to the East African lakes including Lakes Victoria, George, Albert, Edward and others. Having been conceived in 2017 at a Hornby School conference convened by the United States Regional English Language Office and British Council in Kigali Rwanda, ALZELC’s growing membership, so far, includes the Tanzanian English Language Teachers’ Association (TELTA), Zanzibar Professionals of English Language Teaching Organization (ZAPELATO), the Congolese Language Support Society (CLASS), the Association of Teachers of English in Rwanda (ATER), and the Uganda National English Language Teachers’ Association (UNELTA). During the conference, Kenya, South Sudan and Burundi joined the Consortium.