The United States mission in Uganda has launched a study group program to provide continuity of learning for Ugandan early grade learners who are not able to attend school due to school closures to minimize the spread of Covid 19.
While launching the home learning program worth US$148 million (over shs533bn) at Lake Victoria school in Entebbe Municipality. The US Ambassador to Uganda H.E Natalie E.Brown said when children acquire early grade reading skills in primary school, it improves their chances for success in life.
The study groups program supports Uganda’s Ministry of Education and sports covid 19 preparedness and response plan and is part of the US Agency for international Development’s (USAID) integrated child and youth Development (ICYD) project. The project will work with the government of Uganda to improve the quality of education service delivery in 50 districts and expected to reach more than 4 million children over five years with early grade reading support.
According to Ambassador Brown, the study groups program will be providing early grade reading materials and instructional support to 17,500 learners in primary one through primary four in 11 districts at home, in community based study groups and will also help Ugandan children to access learning while schools remain closed.
She further noted that many children in Uganda have been turned into child labour while other teenagers have been impregnated because they can no longer access school.
Daniel Ndagga the Entebbe Municipality Education officer said, the intervention through the provision of these home study materials is not only timely but a wonderful gesture of goodwill. “The approach adopted to reach out to the benefactors is customized to suit the uniqueness of the locality,” noted Ndagga.
The activity will also train 42,000 teachers, provide 5.5 million copies of teaching and learning material and strengthen district government capacity to effectively supervise schools. Since 2013 more than 3.2 million Ugandan school children have benefited from early grade reading support provided by USAID in partnership with Uganda’s Ministry of Education and sports.