WGEF's literacy program 2010 will be completed on October 10th. We have served over 95 women, and their children this year, with classes being held twice a week for 8 months. Participants attend class twice weekly, two hours on Tuesday and all day on Saturday. Saturday's class includes lunch, tea and child care for one child. Often this is the only programming a child might receive; children read books, colour, and play in a supervised atmosphere. It is a very challenging commitment for our clients, which have to make arrangements for her business, family and children obligations, water collection, etc.
To celebrate and highlight their accomplishments, the class of 2010 is holding a debate, Educating Women, in Gulu on October 3. I will be attending and will post a report and photos upon my return. This is an impressive undertaking, especially considering just three short years ago, many of our clients were living in the IDP camps, unsure of their future and fearing for their security.
Our literacy program is a critical component in our organization, understanding that when you give women the opportunity to learn to read and write her whole world can open up and opportunities are created. We are looking ahead to January, 2011, our hope is to expand our program to include 150 women next year. Understanding that this is only possible with proper funding we hope you will want to support this important program! Thank you for your commitment to women, social justice and sustainable development!
Our literacy program resumed in February, with 57 women in the initial offering and additional women women joining weekly. The program includes two classes per week, child care for one child, materials and our amazing instructors are leading the instruction. The participants are also provided with lunch, tea, and refreshments; the children are given the opportunity to read books, colour, and play in a safe, structured environment, with many of the children encouraging their moms to attend because it is the only programming they receive.
Our goal is to serve 100 women this year, and we are well on our way! The WGEF literacy program is the most important opportunity we offer, many of our clients missed the chance to attend school and learning to read and write helps them with their businesses, helping their children with school work, and self esteem. The woman featured above is 61 years old, she did not know how to write her name, or read basic words. Our literacy program enabled her to achieve a basic level of literacy, and as important, the pride and sense of empowerment by having this knowledge.
Being literate and having access to education is not a privilege but a human right. Your contribution and support ensures that we are able to continue to provide this critical programming.
Thank you for your support!
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