Improving reading and writing skills in Uganda

This programme is aiming to boost reading skills at primary school level for 300 children

Uganda is in the process of recovering from two decades of conflicts. Around 95 percent of the population have now returned to their homes after long periods of living in refugee camps, and are getting their lives back on track. The government has been successful in getting children back to their local schools, but the quality of the education remains low. Hempel supports the Save the Children CHANGE programme, designed to address the poor reading skills of children in primary schools in the Nwoya and Amuru districts of northern Uganda.

The project aims to boost reading skills at primary school level for 300 children with the following activities:

  • monthly training courses for teachers, assistance with implementation and follow-up processes for effective reading tuition at selected schools;
  • establishment of local centres with local government funding to provide books in the local language and English, and give pupils access to reading materials of an appropriate level;
  • provide reading support at local community level through the organisation of reading promotion events, such as a "reading friends" system, reading camps held during school holidays and municipal reading marathons.