Change African Child Int. will teach 450 women living in poverty the basic skills of reading and writing in the mother tongue, numeracy and English. The project is in Wakiso District, Uganda. Groups of 25 meet twice weekly for six months with a trained group leader and learn by discussing their life challenge and create their own texts. The aim is to make the women able to take charge of their own livelihood, understand their rights and provide a good future for their children.
Early forced marriage, child labour, HIV/AIDS-orphans are all rampant in Wakiso district, leading to high illiteracy among women. Only 40% of children complete primary school. Illiteracy leads to exclusion, low self-confidence and hinders women from realizing their potential. Their children are less likely to succeed in school. By educating the women and girls, this project will break the poverty cycle and enable the next generation to access full education.
Providing adults with reading, writing and numeracy skills improves self-confidence and the ability to make a living. Learners discuss their life situation and look for solutions. This results in life changes, like sleeping under a mosquito net, boiling drinking water, refusing bribes, preventing child marriage, starting small businesses, taking up leadership positions, planning household expenses and starting savings associations. This transforms their lives and affects communities positively.
The project will enable 450 women and girls to rise out of poverty, run their own businesses, defend their rights as well as participate in decision making in the community. They can express themselves in writing both in Luganda and English, and understand written communication. They can make a budget and control their own economy. They understand the importance of girls staying in school, thus breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in Wakiso-Uganda.