4040 Launches Literacy Program: Merowa Junior School, Kikubamutwe
We take many things for granted – the fact that we wake up every morning; that we have families that love us or homes to; or that we have and make choices, based on knowledge acquired from reading and writing.
Not everyone is that lucky.
According to the 2013 Uwezo report on literacy and numeracy in East Africa, on average, Ugandan children aged 10-16 years (between P.5 – P7) display both numeracy and literacy skills at P.2.
This is even worse for children without families and in public schools. If we are going to change this, investing in their education and literacy abilities will go a long way in offsetting the process.
We also need to do this creatively so that we can make children want to come to and stay in school. That is what our literacy program for community schools is about. We are integrating creative fun activities to enable children to learn and love reading, as well as comprehend and express themselves.
Over the next two years, this literacy program will be introduced and supported in 10 community schools, 5 in Kampala and 5 in Luwero. We hope to grow the program and cover more parts of the country.
The purpose of the literacy program is to integrate different aspects into children’s stories. The stories are tailor made to meet the needs of children in each of their capacities. These stories will focus on health and sanitation incorporating practical activities including demonstration of first aid, community healthcare by doctors, debates, writing, news reading, art, poetry, ICT for kids among others.
The end goal of the program is to create more avenues for the children to learn, increase/improve their functional knowledge and express themselves. With such a learning environment, children in these schools stand a higher chance of falling in love with the concept of school, thus curbing the school dropout rates.
The program also creates opportunities for youth volunteers to actively take part in impacting the future of vulnerable children. People who are interested in volunteering can get in touch through any of our online platforms or call 0782433333. Support in any form (technical, material, finance, referrals et al) is welcome as well.
The literacy program was launched on Friday, 11th March 2016 – with Merowa Junior School, Kikubamutwe, Kibuli Makindye division being the first school.
The schools will collaborate on some of the project, and it is through such joint efforts that the program will belong to the schools and not merely be a 40/40 initiative. Fortnightly visits will be made to the school to follow up until the school is able to continue with the program, with minimal support. The schools enrolling the literacy program create a network, which we believe should enable the schools that are not doing well by learning from those that are.