On 30th November 2018, Uganda cooperative alliance signed a MoU with National Curriculum Development Center in bid to introduce Cooperative Education in Secondary school syllabus so as to create awareness of cooperative knowledge and business from the grassroots.
A good number of Ugandans are ignorant about the cooperative business model yet it has proven to be efficient in attaining sustainable development. To address that UCA together with NCDC will collaborate to develop a curriculum on cooperative education to be integrated with business subjects in Uganda secondary schools
The 2 organizations as part of the MoU will develop cooperative clubs in schools as well as organize activities for schools to increase awareness of cooperative education
Speaking after signing the MOU, the NCDC director Mrs. Grace Baguma said once they have the teaching modal in place it will help them actualize cooperative education in both primary and secondary schools since its already on the curriculum.
She added that if indeed Ugandans and government want to achieve the middle-income status by 2020 they have to embrace cooperatives training.
The General Secretary of Uganda Cooperative Alliance Mr. Ivan Asimwe said cooperative training aim at causing social economic transformation since it teaches the disciplines and skills of saving, production, value addition, leadership, job creation among other business-related skills.
Asimwe said once cooperative teaching start in schools by the time students complete their studies they will turn out as job creators not job seekers thus helping government and Ugandans at large to solve the unemployment problem in the country
By Ronald Kabuye