More Than 3,000 Books Donated to Uganda Program

June 25, 2019

Pupils at public schools in rural Uganda begin learning English in 4th grade. Their final exams for admission to secondary school are given in 7th grade in English. Many students understand the concepts being tested but have difficulty communicating in English on the exam. To help students learn reading and writing, the ISU - Uganda Program began an after-school reading program. CALS students in the 2019 Uganda Service Learning Program collected more than 3,000 children’s books during spring semester to take with them to the Kamuli District of Uganda, and now pupils read aloud in small groups. They learn vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and public speaking skills with the help of service learners from ISU and Makerere University. Farouk, pictured above, is a p6 pupil at Namasagali Primary School. “We are learning good English and the books help us concentrate on our English in a fun way,” he said.