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09 January 2009

Empowerment through women’s literacy - preview

John Lampen describes this Ugandan project

Craftwork. Photo: John Lampen

Craftwork. Photo: John Lampen
When I started working in western Uganda there was a guerrilla war (similar to the Lord’s Resistance Army in the north) which happily ended in 2002
  • I was staying near a displaced people’s camp in the previous year when two teenage boys came to ask me to find them sponsorship for schooling
  • They told me that only eight to ten people in the camp were literate and we discussed the possibility of their starting a reading club
  • On my return a year later I was taken to the camp; astonishingly they had started a literacy school with no buildings, materials or money, but wih an unpaid trained teacher and a helper, and around 150 students of all ages and huge enthusiasm
  • When I asked the teacher what she needed, expecting a request for salaries, she said that some letter and number charts would be very useful

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