The world is awash with news about COVID19. 8 million people have been infected and over 400,000 died. In the midst of this crisis, education has been hit most. Over 1billion children world over are at home because schools are closed. The rich has transitioned to online learning, the poor kids are in the farm, or just playing up and about. The COVID19 crisis is exacerbating the problems of education inequality.
By the time the crisis hit Uganda we had just completed a book giving campaign in Eastern Uganda on the borders of Uganda and Kenya. There we continued to confirm the inequality in education. For many of the children, the books we gave them were the first and probably the only books they have ever owned. Lucky enough they went into lockdown with at least a book in hand they can call their own to read. The visit to Namisindwa district also continued to paint a dire picture of how children are learning with several being unable to read and comprehend.
These situations cement our efforts to continue to bridge these learning inequalities and help learners become better.
During the situation when we were on lockdown, to continue to support learning and reading, we shared lots of information relating to how parents can keep their children learning, we conducted a reading challenge and had parents record their children reading, and we shared those videos with others to encourage the culture of reading, and as a reward, we gifted every child who participated in that with a book. Thanks to your continued support.
The lockdown has been eased a bit in Uganda, and with that we would like to continue to support more children with reading. You can help us to get a book to a child. Your tax-deductible gift of $30 gives 10 books to 10 children, and they are able to even share with their friends in the communities where they live.
Thank you very much for your continued help.