Strengthening Unity and Professionalism: UNATU’s Stakeholders Meeting in Arua

On 9th July 2024, the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) launched its stakeholders’ meetings with a session in Arua, bringing together youth and secondary school teachers at Christ the King Parish in Arua City. The meeting, attended by 66 teachers, aimed to address key issues in the education sector and foster unity and professionalism among teachers.

Mr. Droti Simon, the Vice Chairperson of Arua City, opened the session by emphasizing the importance of professionalism in schools and its direct impact on the quality of education. He stressed the need for teachers to adhere to the code of conduct and urged the General Secretary to continue advocating for salary enhancements for teachers, highlighting the critical role of fair compensation in motivating and retaining educators.

Regional Chairperson Ms. Juliet Anguparu Igaa welcomed and introduced the various branch chairpersons of the region. She called for unity among teachers, particularly those in the secondary subsector, and encouraged members to stay updated on their membership status. “The union belongs to teachers, and salary issues should not divide us,” she asserted, emphasizing the importance of solidarity. Ms. Igaa also underscored the need for effective communication within the union and encouraged active recruitment of new members.

Ms. Adia Grace, the National Secretary for Planning and Organizing, praised the regional coordinator’s efforts and stressed the importance of consistent information dissemination by chairpersons. She discussed the challenges posed by the transition from IPPS to HCM and urged participants to regularly check their membership status. She also advised youth teachers to embrace digital tools and serve as union ambassadors, especially in the face of emerging unions.

The General Secretary, Mr. Baguma Filbert Bates, elaborated on the workshop’s purpose, calling on youth teachers to engage actively in the union’s leadership and elevate the teaching profession. He emphasized the importance of early retirement planning and preparation for unforeseen events. He advised teachers to frequently visit the union’s website (www.unatu.org) for current updates on union issues and information. Mr. Baguma posed a thought-provoking question about UNATU’s origins, highlighting its mission to protect the legitimate rights of teachers as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and to promote educational development in line with SDG 4. He encouraged teachers to pursue further education promptly before other responsibilities arise.

The Arua stakeholders’ meeting set the stage for productive discussions and reinforced the commitment of UNATU to fostering a united, professional, and forward-looking teaching community.

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