Training in Lira
We spent the past month travelling about 5,000 kilometers around the country, engaging with over 1,500 teachers of lower primary, upper primary and in most cases head teachers, thanks to your financial support. We covered topics ranging from personal awareness, life skills and life purpose. We also engaged on what makes a great teacher great before diving deep into our programs, that have expanded to include a writing competition.
At the end of each training – which took about 4-5 hours in district halls or classrooms, offered to us free by the community as part of their contribution, teachers were so happy they came. They said things like, “this was very beneficial to me as a person, thank you for sharing with us;” “I feel inspired and empowered to live a better life and help learners stay in school and achieve their dreams,” and made commitments such as “I will get more engaged in supporting pupils and creating a conducive environment for them to learn better.”
At all the trainings, there was an overwhelming enthusiasm from all teachers who with a lot of energy, loudly shouted that they were the most powerful people in the world. And yes, in some of the trainings the beginning was a bit hard, as teachers wondered why we were focusing on them instead of talking about the Spelling Bee, which was why they came. But at the end, everyone felt that they had a role to play and were ready to play that role back in their schools, to become change agents.
Midway these trainings, we realized we had embarked on creating a movement of positive change that will sweep across Uganda and the World, and now we believe more than ever that we are on track to achieving our vision of having Responsible Citizens, Authentic Leaders and Credible Change Agents at the end of the day.
In these trainings, we also distributed books – training manuals and readers, that were also made possible because of your financial support. The readers are fully illustrated and beautiful, some with children written stories. The stories are relatable and attractive, making children fall in love with books. We are confident that when this happens, children will LEARN to READ and then they will READ to LEARN.
We are now preparing for the District, Regional and National Spelling Bee Competitions that are coming up in September and October. In the meantime, we are working on getting a million books to a million children in Uganda, because we believe that the change we need starts with Reading. Here is a link: https://goo.gl/iXvDHh
Join in, and buy a book (reader) for a child in Uganda at only $2. You can also share this with your network through your social media channels, and on July 12, every recurring donation will be matched 100%, so you can double your impact.
Tweet: Change starts with reading. I have joined the #1millionBooksto1millionKids campaign to get books to Ugandan children. https://goo.gl/iXvDHh
Moses demonstrating a Spelling Bee to teachers
Teachers discussing with each other
Aaron conducting a training