From the Classroom to the Hospital Ward: Dr Lydia Namatende-Sakwa on Gender Mainstreaming in Uganda(Blog Article)
My interest in gender equity was largely shaped by my experience as a young English teacher in a co-educational secondary school in Uganda. I completed both my primary and secondary education in single-sex schools which made me somewhat oblivious to the complex gender relations that exist in co-educational contexts. That is not to understate the complexity that can be found in single-sex schools! But, I felt a sense of discomfort with the distinct gendered performance and participation of children in my classroom; I noticed that boys participated more actively in discussions and generally outperformed girls on tests.
Authoured by: Lydia Namatende Sakwa
Academic units: Institute of Languages and Communication Studies