The director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), Dr Grace Baguma, has hailed the Assessment of Life Skills and Values (ALiVE) initiative for responding to a gap that is so critical in our education system, more especially now when the Government has just rolled out the new competency-based Lower Secondary School Curriculum.
Dr Baguma made the remarks during an event to celebrate ALiVE tools item writers at Fairway Hotel in Kampala on March 21, 2022. ALiVE is an initiative of the Values and Life Skills Thematic Group of the Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI). It seeks to contribute to increased education system focus and capabilities in nurturing and assessing life skills and values among learners in the East Africa region.
The ALiVE team believes this can be achieved through three ways; development of a standard framework and carrying out large-scale assessments to generate evidence; using the generated evidence to draw attention and raise public awareness to inform policy development, and strengthening local capacities to assess and nurture skills and values.
Organised by Luigi Giussani Institute of Higher Education (LGIHE) and Uwezo, the event was attended by many dignitaries such as Dr John Mugo and Victoria Mwema, both members of the ALiVE secretariat in Kenya, Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) General Secretary Philbert Baguma, members from the education ministry, NCDC, academia, among others. The event also ushered the ALiVE team into a week-long district pilot (Dry Run) in Buikwe district in central Uganda. The pilot was completed successfully on March 27.