Who We Are?


A nation where teachers are Supported, United, Respected and Empowered.

Our Mission

Protecting and Promoting the social, economic and professional interests of teachers to deliver quality education.

Our Core Values

UNATU’s work is guided by the following principles:

We are open and honest in all our dealings at all levels

We value our members and will do whatever it takes for their benefit and satisfaction.

We stand together as a Union in all that we do and seek to achieve.

We demonstrate and promote a high degree of professionalism in all our actions.

We seek to promote teamwork and collectively celebrate success and appreciate the failures.

We recognize the innate worth of all members and teams and the value diversity.

We ensure equal opportunity to all our members and beneficiaries, irrespective of background, gender, ethnicity, location, religion and other factors.

Our Strategies

UNATU promotes and protects the interests of teachers through;

Our Legal Standing

UNATU was registered in 2003 under the Trade Union Act of 1971 now the Labour Unions Act of 2006. UNATU is also formally recognized as a Public Service Union under the Public Service Negotiating, Consultative and Disputes Settlement Machinery, Act 2008.

Our History

UNATU’s existence is rooted in the histories of two Teacher organisations; Uganda Teachers’ Association (UTA) and Uganda National Union of Teachers (UNUT).


The African School Teachers Association (ASTA) and Uganda African Teachers Association (UATA) merged to form one association of all teachers in Uganda that became known as the Uganda Teachers Association (UTA).


A section of Primary and Junior teachers broke away from UTA to form their own organization called -The Primary and Junior Secondary Teachers Union (UPJU). Later on, UPJU changed its name to Uganda National Union of Teachers (UNUT) to allow teachers of all categories to become members.


While UTA promoted the philosophy of professionalism, UNUT maintained that teachers’ welfare was its focus. In 2002, the two organizations merged to form Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) with the focus of promoting both professionalism and teacher welfare issues.


Uganda National Teachers' Union (UNATU) was  registered on 4th March, 2003