KUganda is an educational project of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt which has the aim of bringing students into contact with different educational contexts already during their course of study. This will raise the students’ awareness for global challenges in the context of educational justice and promote joint, cross-cultural learning. This is why every year, students and lecturers travel to Kampala in order to attend joint workshops with Ugandan teachers. They develop teaching materials, apply team teaching methods to test new ideas and concepts and collect money for teaching materials and books with a special fundraising program.
The Chair of Didactics of Religious Education, Catechetics, and Religious Education shows great interest in KUganda. In 2013, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kropač participated in an internship trip to Uganda and has supported the project ever since. Furthermore, Teresa Braun (research associate at the Chair until January 2017) was comprehensively involved in the KUganda project work and supported the project with teaching methodology and organizational aspects together with other University members.
On Wednesday, 12.06.19, a special round of professorships took place for the staff of the Chair of Didactics of Religious Education, Catechetics and Religious Education. Guests were Sister Phionah Akankwasa and Jude Jjuuko, both students of the Uganda Martyrs University, together with Thomas Schwab, member of the staff of the Department for Innovation in Education and Knowledge Transfer of the KU.
The guests take part in a project that aims at comparing the administration of common goods from both countries and aims at guidelines that will be published internationally. The project cooperates with "Engagement Global gGmbH", which provides various services for development initiatives on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. One of these is the "ASA" project, which represents a learning and qualification programme between countries from the global South and the global North.
During the joint breakfast, the students from Uganda presented their project and their experiences in Germany, also talking about similarities and differences between the cultures. Sister Phionah Akankwasa and Jude Jjuuko will stay in Germany until the end of June and work in the project, after which they will return to Uganda. In August two German students will then take part in the exchange programme and work on a Ugandan project for three months.
The initiative for inviting the guests from Uganda to the professorship came from Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kropač, who himself has been to Uganda several times and has visited many projects there.
Delegation trip to Uganda 2018
From October 3 to 12, 2018 a delegation of the KU travelled to Uganda to intensify international cooperation in the fields of education, research and transfer. Among the participants of the trip was Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kropač, who visited the partner country for the second time. The delegation visited several schools and universities, talked to responsible persons about teacher training and discussed with representatives from politics and economy about possibilities of future cooperation.
KUganda visit 2016
From June 26 to July 02, 2016, six students from Makerere University Kampala (Uganda) visited the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt together with their lecturer Dr. Laurence. The exchange program was organized by the KUganda project. The group visited different educational institutions in Eichstätt and also met with KU students. Their program schedule also included numerous cultural activities.
Report on Ugandan visit by Teresa Braun and Katharina Zöpfl, published in AGORA in fall 2016.
Internship trip 2015
From September 10 to 30, 2015, a group of twelve KU members visited Uganda for a school internship. The group was accompanied amongst others by Teresa Braun, research associate at the Chair of Didactics of Religion, Catechetics, and Religious Education.
In spring 2013, a KU delegation visited Uganda for the second time. Students had the opportunity to complete an internship. At St. James Primary School in Kampala/Uganda, Prof. Kropac and Teresa Braun conducted investigations on the topic areas of ideas of afterlife “What do you think comes after death” and ideas of Creation “What do you think how the world came into existence?” with pupils of different age groups. In the context of this visit, the delegation also gained insight into the school and educational situation at this public primary school. Delegation participants also met with women suffering from AIDS.
In fall 2013, the University held a Uganda night at the Aula.
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