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Teacher Peter Okware
Field of Study: Civic Engagement
Leadership Institute: University of Georgia
Peter Okware is a teacher by profession with nine years' experience in the field. His determination to become a teacher began during his own experience with significant reading challenges in primary school. His vision of transforming teachers drove him to start Teachers in Need in 2017, a non-profit company that has trained over 8,000 teachers to build their competencies and has connected over 500 unemployed teachers to various schools. In 2013, Peter founded a community school called Rising Star Nursery/Primary School (currently called Rising Star Preparatory School) to promote quality, affordable education. He also introduced a reading approach called the Reading Implementation Compass Approach that promotes reading in all classes. Peter holds a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, and is currently the director and host of a TV program called The Foundation. In 2014, he was the runner-up in the Tumaini Awards Individual Health category. He believes in the power of education to enable Africans to make informed choices and fight poverty strategically. Upon completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Peter plans to use the opportunities, knowledge, and skills he acquires to transform and inspire others in Uganda and beyond.