My name is Angoda Emmanuel, and have been a teacher at Lira Town College since July 2012. I also serve as the Head of ICT. I was born in December 19, 1986 in Dokolo district, in Lango sub region, in Northern Uganda. I am passionate about education, technology and agriculture and I am an ardent reader. I read every day, from newspapers to books, journals, magazines and blogs.
In March 2017, I came across an advert on New Vision newspaper (I also buy 3-4 newspapers papers per week), calling for nominations for outstanding teachers from secondary, vocational and primary schools. Since I was a child, we have always had the perception that good teachers and schools are in central (Kampala) region. Also, every year, I had been seeing several teachers from the region being recognized.
It is from this experience, that made me to ask my friend, Emmanuel Ajal to nominate me. He wrote something and I gave him some web links of some of my previous activities both in education and ICT sectors. He submitted the nomination in April.
It is important to note that over the years, I have received many awards and recognition for pioneering efforts in spearheading ICT programmes in secondary schools in northern Uganda. These include participation in Robotics, Technovation Challenge, ACIA, Biotechnology, Technology Camps and Writing competitions. According to me and my friend, these activities were very important and had created a big impact in the school and amongst students, and community.
Towards the end of April 2017, I received a call from Andrew Masinde, a journalist from the New Vision, telling me that I had been nominated and he had been assigned to interview me. We scheduled a date, and it coincided with Technovation Challenge regional pitch event at Lira Town College. After the interview, an article about me appeared on New Vision, in weekly pullout “Mwalimu” that always comes on Wednesdays. It was the first time my story had covered full page of newspaper. I felt more inspired. Many people congratulated me.
After the article was published, New Vision sent a team to our school to do video documentation of my technology activities. I was also interviewed again (on camera), and much evidence was taken to link my earlier story to facts on the ground. They also spoke to other teachers, administrators and district education officials.
In September 2017, I received a call from the New Vision, telling me that I had been selected as one of the best teachers in Teacher Making a Difference 2017 edition. I was told to travel to Kampala, on October 5, which was World Teachers Day, to attend the award giving ceremony at New Vision offices.
I travelled by night, and reached early in the morning for the event. I met several other teachers that were nominated and invited for the same event.
At the ceremony, 12 teachers were recognized and rewarded. I happened to attain position five. Fortunately, the best five teachers were also rewarded with a trip to Ireland in January 2018.
The Teachers Making a Difference programme has polished my profile as one of the best teachers in Uganda. Many people now respect me, and also listen to me. It has opened many opportunities for me. Best of all, it has inspired the many students I teach, who look up to me as their role model. I always tell my students to look out for good opportunities. I saw the opportunity in the advert, acted on it and it has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Ireland.
This award has inspired me to work harder every day. It has led me to discover that good work is always seen, no matter how long it takes.
I would like to sincerely thank New Vision, and its partners Irish Aid and Embassy of Ireland, Trocaire and Simba Travel Care for organizing this programme. What you are doing is tremendous and is creating a big impact than you think. Nothing means more than saying “thank you” for serving the nation. I now look forward to winning the Global Teachers Prize. Apwoyo Matek.