International Agricultural Education Fellows Program

Farmer To Farmer Slide

Gayaza High School students bid farewell to U.S. National Future Farmers of America (FFA) volunteers. Photo by Maria Nakayiza/ CRS.

About the program

IAEFP is a USDA funded program that provides opportunities for nine fellows to assist and support schools in Uganda to establish school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs. Participating schools receive classroom instruction, field demonstrations, entrepreneurship projects, and leadership development expertise provided by the  fellows. IAEFP CRS is currently recruiting for its class of 9 Fellows to serve in the 2021-2022 school year in Uganda for ~10 months.

The Ideal Fellow

We are looking for motivated individuals with an interest in international agriculture development and education. Fellows will be a class of premiere individuals who strive to be leaders, coupled with a passion for agriculture. IAEFP fellows will help scale up innovative agricultural education programs in selected schools in alignment with the government of Uganda’s newly revised Lower Secondary Curriculum, launched at the beginning of the 2020 school year, which emphasizes an active, learner-centered approach to pedagogy and competence and skills-based curriculum.

If you are interested in the fellowship opportunity or know someone who may be interested, please apply to the opportunity below or reach out to the contacts listed on this page for more information.

Requirements to be eligible for this fellowship are:

Tentative timeline: July 2021 – March 2022 (Approx. 11 months)

The Application for the fellowship is now closed and we are no longer taking applications.


More details on the opportunity:

FAQS

SCOPE OF WORK

Program Goals

  1. Improve Uganda’s ability to meet the food and fiber needs of the domestic population.
  2. Strengthen and enhance trade linkages between Uganda and the US agricultural industry.
  3. Develop globally-minded United States agriculturalists with experience living abroad.

Project strategy

  1.  CRS will recruit a cohort of nine fellows from the US agriculture education sector and place them in Ugandan secondary schools for 11 months with the purpose of scaling up innovative agricultural education approaches aligned with the Ugandan government’s newly revised Lower Secondary Curriculum.
  2. Fellows will accomplish key activities aligned with the new curriculum. Activities will include helping school administrators and teachers understand the new curriculum, introduce and adapt innovative US-based instructional materials, support use of the materials through classroom instruction, design & facilitate practical field-based demonstrations, entrepreneurial skills development through promoting small-individualized or group projects, community engagement while promoting youth extension programs.

Expected Outcomes

  • IAEFP fellows will strengthen secondary school-based agriculture education reforms through introduction of innovative methodologies and approaches in classroom instruction, practical field-based activities, youth extension, leadership and entrepreneurship skills development centered on Uganda’s new lower secondary curriculum.
  • Capacity Ugandan teachers working with fellows will improve knowledge and skills in experiential learning, problem solving, and implementation of a learner-centered approach aligned with the new curriculum.
  • Learners will have better understanding and appreciation of the full agriculture value chain demonstrated through established group or individualized entrepreneurial projects.
  • IAEFP fellows will strengthen trade linkages between Uganda and US agricultural industry through the American Chamber of Commerce, Uganda.
  • Fellows, teachers, and learners increase their appreciation of the value of international relations and the intersection between food security, economic development, and trade.

Contact

Maria Nakayiza – Program Manager – IAEFP maria.nakayiza@crs.org  
Priyanka Subba – Recruiter – IAEFP priyanka.subba@crs.org