BENEFITING: WOMEN WIN FOUNDATION INC
We need funds to construct a Community Library and Information Center because most rural Ugandan schools have poor infrastructure most of which are made of mud and wattle, they do not have libraries, some schools have just a few reference books and most of them do not have at all, the reading culture among the school going students is so poor due to inadequate knowledge on Education and limited access to reading materials.
This has caused a big setback in the academic progress of children in the rural communities, by the age of 14 years most rural children are unable to confidently read and express themselves in writing.
Literacy level in the rural communities is so low; we strongly believe that literacy level can improve with the existence of a rural community library that can avail children's reading materials, text books, magazines, newspapers, journals and novels.
A report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows that Uganda has the highest school drop-out rate for females in East Africa, staggering at 71%.
The largest number coming from the rural areas where access to information and scholastic materials is scarce.
To even achieve better results in our Library intervention, we need to have a community hall for frequent meetings with our stakeholders (the parents, students/learners, teachers, and schools representatives)
“One of the causes of School dropout in Uganda is Lack of sensitization in the community about education and two of the remedies
1. Sensitize children about importance of education.
2. Work with parents to keep children in school." Arise Foundation Uganda
Community Hall/Common meeting point, where the parents, community leaders and school representatives could sit and discuss important Information and issues for the development of their society, including girl child education is very vital at this stage. We have had our meetings disrupted by rains and too much heat (sunshine) in several occasions because there is not housing/a hall in the community.
Therefore, Community Library and Information Center we propose to you today is not a new project, it is a campaign under our Schools and Community Sensitization Project- http://pce-foundation.org/schoolsse.jsp.htm whose main objective is to sensitize and create awareness on the values of education in the rural schools and communities.
The Community Library and Information Center would in enable over 5000 students and pupils from over 48 schools (Primary and Secondary) and local vocational institutes, community based organizations and researchers to have access/share books, and have access to a descent reading/research environment in a year and for so many generations.