Our Community Library and Learning Hub is the first of it's kind in Uganda. From here we run classes for adults in English and basic Computer Skills, most of whom have never received a formal education. We run reading-for-leisure clubs in schools and for the poorest we sponsor children and their families through primary and secondary education.
Our library has become the hub for the community. The library currently has over 3,500 books, 4 computers and a room where the Adult literacy classes take place. It is visited by a school at least once a term, as well as being used by students coming to revise.
Through the library we have set up a reading programme called ‘Read to Lead’. This programme is offered to nearby primary schools and it enables us to take our books into schools and encourage children to read for leisure. This programme has also taught teachers how to make reading a joy to children.
MCU impacts education through:
- Providing English classes to the Wakiso community. (Reading, writing and speaking skills for 12-18 months duration)
- Sponsorship for qualified teachers to teach English classes and to work in under-staffed village primary schools.
- Wakiso Community Library (WCL), with over 3,500 books.
- Providing computer training opportunities to the community through WCL.
- Sponsorship for children/ families in need of assistance with school fees.
- Mentoring and yearly assessment of sponsored children and their parents.
- Providing the Read to Lead reading programme to primary schools.
Our Current Statistics:
- We run 4 English classes twice times per week
- We sponsor 1 teacher for the adult classes.
- We sponsor 47 primary children
- We sponsor 3 secondary school children
- We take the Read to Lead initiative into 2 primary schools
- We run 1 computer training session per week
Three of our supporters took part in the 2016 London Triathlon and raised funds for the purchase of 4 new computers for our Community Library and Learning Hub. We have witnessed more people engaging with the library through the internet cafe. We aim for the Library to become a community hub and we are starting to see this happen.