She said this during a press conference at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to launch the D.E.A.R Day events. D.E.A.R stands for Drop Everything And Read. She revealed that the US mission will for the 8th year be joining Uganda to mark DEAR day.
“Uganda’s most important resource is its people; and the US strongly believes education and literacy are the center of transforming Uganda,” Brown said.
To recognize this day, Dorothy Kisaka, the KCCA Executive Director always makes it compulsory for Pupils to read for a full week. This is also done to improve their reading culture.
“Through the DEAR Day, our pupils will strengthen their basic skills in reading and numeracy. We want to ensure that we have a strong reading culture in all our schools,” Kisaka said.
Mike Ssebalu, The Rotary Governor for District 9513, expressed interest in this activity. He also thanked government for their participation in this. As Rotary, they have promised to equip libraries and teachers too in this regard.
“There is need to enhance children’s access to literacy in Uganda. We will equip libraries, teachers and learners. This program will also cater for the deaf,” Ssebalu said.
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