Support to Girls and Women's Education

Project location: UGANDA
Project start date: February 2007 - Project end date: January 2009
Project number: 2006-49
Beneficiary: Books Open The World in Uganda


Final Report

After-school education assistance for students, especially for girls, with problems in primary school

Since April 2007, three primary schools were participating in the after-school program (Kanyawara, Kigarama and Mituuli). This program was finished as planned in December 2008. After-school coaching were performed for classes five to seven. Each school provided teachers who were available for students one hour before school officially starts and, one hour after, every day. During school holidays (April-March, August and December: 3 weeks each), remedial teaching was performed from Monday till Friday, from 11am-4pm. In 2008 there were 245 students participating in this after-school assistance in education.


1. Kanyawara Primary School

In this school, 65 students are participating in after-school education assistance with help of 4 teachers.


2. Kigarama primary School

In this school, 4 teachers assist 92 students during after-school time.


3. Mituuli Primary School

Here, 88 students are coached by 5 teachers during the remedial teaching.


Establishing fund for secondary education for the best female students

Funds received from the Nando Peretti grant supported in 2008 secondary education of 14 girls. All these girls are either orphans or come from very poor families there were not able to send them to school. With the money received, they will be supported as to finish secondary school (until the end of class four) and the rest of the money from this program will allow the organization to assist other girls to go to school.


Literacy classes for women (adult literacy classes)

In 2008 literacy classes for women, were performed in four villages not only during the weekend but also during the week days in the afternoon hours when women are free after working at their fields. In December, the last classes were done and in January all students will have final exams and receive diplomas.

Some men are also interested in participating in these activities, and the classes are open for everybody. However, there are many more women (78) than men (11) learning how to write and read in their own language. In contrary to 2007, the same number of men and women participated in English (23 and 25, respectively). In total, there were 137 people participated in classes.

1. Kanyawara classes

In 2008, classes were done for 6 months only because our literacy teachers moved to other school and we have not found new ones.

In Kanyawara, there were writing and reading class (2/week) of local language (Rutooro) and class of English for beginners (2/week). All classes were in the afternoon and because of many participants, they were using two rooms of Kanyawara Primary School for lessons. In 2008, local language class had 28 students (25 women and 3 men), and English class has 14 students (5 women and 9 men).

We had two teachers there: Ruth Kangume (Rutooro class) and John Karatuunga (English class). Ruth was Deputy Headmistress of Kanyawara Primary school, and John was Headmaster of a Secondary School and he volunteered to teach the English class.

2. Kigarama classes

Literacy classes in Kigarama village were performed three times a week, with 14 students (12 women and 2 men). We have two teachers there: Rose K. Balyeganira and Deogratius Isingoma. Rose is a librarian in Kigarama Community Library and Deogratius is a disabled ex-teacher.

3. Nkingo classes

Literacy class in dominant language in that area (Rukiga) and an English class for beginners started in Nkingo village in January 2007. Classes were performed four times a week in the large study room of Nkingo Community Library. There are 13 students (11 women and 2 men) participating in the writing and reading program, and 10 (3 women and 7 men) in the English class. Our teachers there were Allen Kobusingye and Clovice Alikonyera. Allen is a librarian in Nkingo Community Library and she is a primary school teacher. Clovice is a teacher in a primary school.

4. Ruteete classes

Classes in Ruteete started at the end of May. There is a writing and a reading class and English for beginners. In the Rutooro class there are 34 students (30 women and 4 men) and at English class: 17 students (7 men and 17 women). There was one teachers: Clovice Rugumayo.

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