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Gulu's Wakadogo School Selected for Global Education Week

Wakadogo is among the 100 hand-picked schools selected for the world’s largest grassroots online education conference, in support of Sustainable Development Goals on eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequalities and combating the threat of climate change.
13 Sep 2020 14:21
Charles Odong Kigundi, the Head-teacher of Wakadogo School speaking to URN - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Wakadogo Primary School, a post-war grassroots school in Gulu City has been selected to take centre stage participation at the virtual Global Education Week activities.

The Global Education Week is a Worldwide awareness-raising initiative and a call to rethink 'our world together,' using global education as a tool for solidarity and change to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This year's activities will run from 5 – 9 October.

Wakadogo is among the 100 hand-picked schools selected for the world’s largest grassroots online education conference, in support of Sustainable Development Goals on eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequalities and combating the threat of climate change.

The nominated schools will share their expertise across an array of educational themes, such as enhancing employability and life-skills, deepening family and community engagement; the use of technology, and a focus on wellbeing among others.

Charles Odong Kigundi, the Head-teacher of the school told URN during an interview that they chose deepening family and community engagement as their theme in the successful operation of the school since inception.

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Kigundi notes that the school has been ranked among top-performing schools in Omoro District, before Acoyo Parish, where the school is located was annexed to form part of Gulu City. He cited their school feeding programme and affordable medical care, among others, for their distinguished performance.

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According to Omoro District Education Officer, Rev. Vincent Oceng Ocen, through their inspection and quality assurance monitoring programmes, they hold Wakadogo with high regard, adding that their selection is undoubtedly befitting.

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Founded in 2009 to address gaps in education among vulnerable learners after the devastating impacts of the two-decade long armed rebellion between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, the school is located approximately 6 kilometres, East of Gulu City.

An earlier press release by Zayna Aston, the school’s London based Communications Officer quoted Vikas Pota, a globally-respected leader and an education philanthropist honouring Wakadogo at the ground-breaking event for taking part in the global showcase.

“I congratulate Wakadogo School for being honoured as part of this global showcase. They have been able to engage parents, caregivers and the wider community in an inspiring way that has seen the school come 2nd out of 92 schools in their District. This is a grassroots movement and Wakadogo’s and the other 99 schools' work should be seen and heard."

The press statement further quoted Jaime Saavedra, the Global Director for Education at the World Bank who congratulated Wakadogo’s grassroots movement and the other 99 schools' commitment to improving the life chances of their learners, describing them as heroes whose successes will be celebrated at the World Education Week.

"The sheer scale of educators around the globe combining to share expertise, excellence and wisdom in accelerating learning is hugely impressive. If all educators learn from the best educators of their countries and of the world we would make immense progress in ensuring inclusive, equitable and quality education for all. I welcome all to participate in World Education Week."