Published on 5 July 2012
5 July 2012
There’s no surf in Uganda, so a team of the African nation’s future leaders will experience beach culture tomorrow, Friday 6 July, as part of a new University of the Sunshine Coast mentoring program.
The 11 tertiary and government education experts are participating in a five-week AusAID-funded leadership program run by the University’s International Projects Group.
USC Associate Professor Kathy Lynch, who leads the program, said the aim was to support the Ugandans in expanding their strategies for the education of their primary school teachers.
“Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) present new opportunities (and) the Ugandan education sector needs to have appropriate policies in place to make the most of e-learning,” she said.
The team will take a cultural break from the coursework tomorrow morning to enjoy a surf safety display by the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club.
The rescue helicopter will land about 10am on land in Mari Street, off Alexandra Parade (opposite the Alex Surf Club), before performing a mock ocean rescue that will also include an IRB and boards. The action will be over by noon.
Associate Professor Lynch said Uganda’s focus on improving primary school education was part of its wider plan to eradicate poverty. The USC program also aligns with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal for all countries to achieve universal primary education to fight poverty and inequality.
The Ugandans will return home on 5 August.
— Julie Schomberg