On Wednesday 14th May, the school received visitors from Uganda. They were: the Director of the Ministry of Education and Sports, Kampala, Uganda, Dr. John Mbabazi and a lecturer, Dr. Justin Otaala, in Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda. They were accompanied by Dr. Margo O’Sullivan, who is also currently working in the Teacher Education Department in the Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda. She began work there in January 2007 and her main focus is to support the Ministry’s writing of a revised Primary Teacher Education curriculum, which will be used in the 45 Primary Teachers’ Colleges in Uganda. Dr. O’Sullivan is on leave of absence from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, where she is an Education lecturer. Dr. O’Sullivan’s brother is a teacher at Douglas Community School, Mr. Ted O’Sullivan. There were two purposes for the trip, one was to set up a link with, and seek support from DCS for a Catholic community secondary school in Uganda, Cardinal Nsubuga Secondary School. The second purpose of the trip was to provide information to the Ugandan ministry of Education on the Irish Secondary Education system, which will be used to inform policy in Uganda. Uganda is currently in the beginning stages of reforming its secondary education curriculum and is particularly interested in the Irish system of combining academic and vocational subjects. Uganda’s secondary education system stems from the British system and has not changed since independence in 1962.
The visitors were in Ireland to attend and present at the launch of the Global Centre for Development through Education (GCDE) at Mary Immaculate college on 16th May. They also attended a steering committee meeting of the centre on the 16th May. Dr. O’Sullivan has been involved in the development of the centre, which is funded under Irish Aid’s Higher Education Strategic Initiatives Fund.
The Ugandan visitors with Owen Casey, Principal of DCS Bernard Horgan, and Ted O’ Sullivan
DCS LCVP Class which hopes to raise money through a staff/student soccer match for the Ugandan School.