20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda

by enjuba Spelling Bee
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
20,000 Books for Children in Rural Uganda
Sep 4, 2019

Books make an Impact

In 2018, we launched a Book Giving campaign and got a lot of support from you, getting books to children. We took that first batch of 300 books to Kaabong District in Karamoja sub-region. It's a place that not many people have been to. It takes almost 10 hours to get there, and over 600-kilometres from Kampala - the capital on the bumpiest road you will ever know.

According to Schooling Uganda, Kaabong has about 53 primary schools and its population has been estimated at over 1.2 million people. Statistics from the Uganda National Examination Board show that only 5.7 per cent of children who did Primary Leaving Examinations in 2016 got first-grade results.

The goal of the Book Giving Campaign was to provide reading material to the children and to read with them so that they understand that reading regularly is both fun and essential, it could transform their learning experience. Stephen Krashen the author of The Modern Language Journal provides evidence to support this claim, "The best hypothesis is that competence in spelling and vocabulary is most efficiently attained by comprehensive input in the form of reading."

So when we got to Kaabong, we went to Kalongor Primary School and Komukuny Girls Primary School and spent the day reading with children in both schools. Teachers confirmed that there was a desire to read but the children lacked the materials. The reading activity was very engaging for the children. "It made them love books and reading. They will continue reading, gain the confidence to stay in school and pass their exams." Fardosa Ahmed commented.

We went back to Kaabong this year to conduct a Spelling Competition for the 3rd year. The highlight of the day was that the team from Kalongor Primary School spelt all their words correctly and won! They were ecstatic as they fist-pumped among themselves and celebrated their excellent teamwork. Last year their team was eliminated early in the competition.

Their teachers Loduk Phillips and Chiyo Dominic Savio said that they went back determined after the enjuba teacher training and trained the children. Kalongor Primary School has a total of 1009 children. The Observer ranked the school number 6601 out of 12700 schools in a 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations Ranking.

Teacher Loduk Phillips is currently studying a bachelor's degree in English and Social Studies from St. Lawrence University. He said, “This year we did things a little differently, the children have been reading and we encouraged them to write articles and present them at the school assembly. We also got the children to read in church more often to gain confidence."

"Kalongor Primary school is from the remote rural area but we won some town schools so the district is shocked." He continued. He is positive that they will excel at the National Spelling Bee on 12th October 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

 

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Aaron Kirunda
Kampala, Uganda

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