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Lawrence Muganga

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Lawrence Muganga
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BornFebruary 14, 1976
OccupationProfessor of Authentic Learning Education, Education Consultant, Researcher, and International Curriculum Speaker

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Dr. Lawrence Muganga, is an Education Thought-Leader, Professor of Authentic Learning Education, international education consultant, award-winning best-selling author and international curriculum speaker based in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Dr. Lawrence Muganga is the author of the award-winning book called “You Can’t Make Fish Climb Trees: Overcoming Educational Malpractice through Authentic Learning”. Currently, he is a professor of Authentic Learning Education at the University of the People.

Life & Career[edit]

Lawrence Muganga was born in Uganda and moved to Edmonton in 2011. Dr. Muganga earned his MA in Economic Policy Management from Makerere University and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Muganga holds a Higher Education Teaching Certification from Harvard University, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.[1][2] He is an Authentic Learning Education Model researcher and Apologist.

His book "You Can't Make Fish Climb Trees"[3][4][5] secured him a deal worth $1.3 million. secured him a deal worth $1.3 million. He is also a recipient of $1 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the same book.[6][7] Muganga[8] was also introduced to the Vice President of Uganda His Excellency Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.[9] He was also recognised by Alberta, Canada for initiating and successfully managing a crime prevention project in the Province of Alberta.[10] He has held positions in Canada, Ethiopia, and Rwanda focused on researching, planning, developing, implementing, and assessing policies that contribute towards human capital development and improving the quality of life for populations.[2][11]


  • B.A. Social Sciences, Specialisation in Economics, Makerere University, Uganda
  • M.A. Economic Policy Management, Makerere University, Uganda
  • M.Ed. Adult Education, University of Alberta, Canada
  • PhD. Educational Administration and Leadership, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Higher Education Teaching Certification, Harvard University, United States

Books & Articles[edit]

  • You Can't Make Fish Climb Trees[2]
  • Teacher-Centered vs. Student-Centered
  • Here are the ABCs of teaching to maximize students’ learning
  • Instructors’ Perceptions of Authentic Learning in the Pedagogical Approaches of Post-secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Instructors’ Perceptions of Authentic Learning in the Pedagogical Approaches of Post-secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case for Uganda
  • Instructors' Perceptions of Authentic Learning in the Pedagogical Approaches of Post secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Importance of Hermeneutic Theory in Understanding and Appreciating Interpretive Inquiry as a Methodology
  • The Fate of Schools Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The 8Cs That Every Teacher Needs To Inspire Students
  • The Dearth of University Education
  • Are our schools overrated?
  • Let's unravel our education dilemma
  • Authentic Learning in African Post-Secondary Education and the Creative Economy [12]


  1. Huncar, Andrea (2019-05-05). "Edmonton author signs $1.3M book deal in Africa". CBC. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mangula, George (2019-04-12). "Meet Dr. Lawrence Muganga, award-winning author and recipient of US$1.3m book deal". Eagle Online. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  3. You Can't Make "Fish Climb Trees" at the FriesenPress Bookstore. 2018-08-02. ISBN 978-1-5255-2536-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. "You Can't Make "Fish Climb Trees": Overcoming Educational Malpractice through Authentic Learning". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-05-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Muganga, Lawrence (August 2018). You Can't Make "Fish Climb Trees": Overcoming Educational Malpractice through Authentic Learning. FriesenPress. ISBN 978-1-5255-2534-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "Canadian Based Ugandan Professor Wants to Fix Uganda's Education System". ChimpReports. 2019-12-22. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  7. "OUTSTANDING AFRICANS IN CANADA 2019: Dr. Lawrence Muganga, Jadé Olayinka, Dieudonné Ella Oyono and More". Dami Adeniyi. 2019-12-19. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  8. "Student-centred teaching the future of education". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  9. "VP Ssekandi hails business acumen exhibited by Ugandans in Canada". Smart24tv. 2020-01-10. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  10. "Rwandan wins Canadian Innovation Award". The New Times | Rwanda. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  11. Kakande, Arthur (2019-03-19). "Is one-fifth of the world's population currently in school?". Medium. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  12. "Lawrence MUGANGA | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) | University of Alberta, Edmonton | UAlberta | Department of Educational Policy Studies". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2020-05-10.

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