Infusing the Human Development Paradigm in Education

Teaching human development
Promoting the teaching of Human Development (HD) paradigm in the education curriculum is key to addressing some of the impediments to the achievement of the MDGs (Photo by UNDP Uganda)

UNDP is promoting the teaching of the Human Development (HD) paradigm through introduction of a course in some universities in the country. This is creating a wealth of Ugandans who are familiar with HD concepts and philosophy.

The four universities that are involved are Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda Martyrs University, Nkumba University and Ndejje University. Four lecturers have been sponsored to attend HD training in Oxford University. This team will in turn become trainers for many other university staff that UNDP was not able to sponsor. A national training on HD to university staff will be held to ensure more lecturers benefit from the knowledge their colleagues gained in Oxford.

Key Highlights

  • Four universities piloting the human development paradign in their curriculum, including Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda Martyrs University, Nkumba University and Ndejje University.
  • Each university was facilitated to send a lecturer for training at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
  • A national training on Human Development to be organized for other university staff.

HD is a development paradigm that is about much more than the rise and fall of national incomes. It is about creating an environment in which people can develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accordance with their needs and interests. Development is thus about expanding the choices people have to lead lives that they value. It is much more than economic growth, which is only a means of enlarging people’s choices.

Fundamental to enlarging these choices is building human capabilities - the range of things that people can do or be in life. The most basic capabilities for human development are to lead long and healthy lives, to be knowledgeable, to have access to the resources needed for a decent standard of living and to be able to participate in the life of the community.

Every two years, UNDP’s global office produces a global report on Human Development that focuses on topical global issues. At the national level, UNDP’s Uganda office produces a National Human Development Report (NHDR). This is the flagship report of the Office as well as a major policy and advocacy tool of the UNDP country office. It also serves an important reference material on emerging and substantive development issues in the country. The Report has raised public awareness. Previous NHDRs have addressed the important issues such as HIV/AIDS. The 2005 Report focused on the Human Development and Environment and the 2007 report focused on Rural Development and Agriculture.