Government earmarks Shs 23b for private teachers

UGANDA – Give Directly, a non-profit humanitarian agency together with government has earmarked Shs 23b to support both private primary and secondary school teachers in the country.

The money according to the Minister of Gender Labour and Social Development, Betty Amongi will be channeled under government’s Parish Development Model (PDM) program.

The PDM is a new strategy government intends to use for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment at the parish level as the lowest economic planning unit.

Its objective is to take the government to the people in a more effective way through data gathering, community mobilization and mindset change.

Other areas of focus are area-based enterprise selection and development, provision of financial services, coordination of government programs, and feedback by the people on government services and wealth programs.

Each parish is scheduled to receive Shs100m to implement the initiative targeting the rural population.

The minister revealed this development during an engagement meeting with the district LC5 Chairpersons, Chief Administrative Officers, Resident District Commissioners, Youth Chairpersons, disability and older persons.

Under her docket, the government is implementing programs targeting youth, older persons, women and disabled persons to economically uplift their social well-being.

The engagement was to brief them on the status of the programs under her ministry and receive proposals on how to ensure the districts benefit.

The districts include; Kwania, Lira, Alebtong, Otuke, Oyam, Dokolo, Amolatar, Kole and Apac.

Amongi, who is also Oyam South legislator advised youth in the sub-region to keep on following up all government projects for a better impact.

“Under the ministry of gender labour and social development, we are committed to ensuring that these projects cause positive impacts by directly supporting both primary and secondary school teachers,” she revealed.

Without explaining the detail, Amongi said each teacher from a private school not government aided will receive Shs100,000.

“I am happy that 17 districts have already uploaded names of their teachers,” Amongi said, adding that they target 300,000 teachers.

The Alebtong LC5 boss David Kenedy Odongo, welcomed the development saying private school teachers suffered more the consequence of COVID-19 lockdown.

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