‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ – Nelson Mandela.
Many of us take access to an education for granted, however education, one of our four pillars, plays an integral role in all parts of every Cotton On Foundation project.
When we began our work in Mannya, Southern Uganda, we never expected that we would be teaching adult literacy classes and that it would have such a big effect on the community. Classes are held once a week on varying days due to community events, weather and location. Our teachers run a syllabus that covers English, Numeracy, Economics and Sanitation; which includes hand and clothes washing, boiling water, water collection, personal and feminine hygiene.
Our adult literacy classes are empowering people through education. On a recent trip to Mannya, Paul Spence our International Development Manager, was told by a local lady that being able to sign her name and write simple words has made her ‘more powerful’.
We currently have adult literacy classes set up near Mannya Village, in Nabunga Village there are 29 students and Lwemisege Village there are 46 enrolled. In Busibo Village there are 68 students enrolled with another 11 in a nearby outreach village called Busumbi, totalling 154 students in our program.
In February this year we were extremely excited to have 70 students from the Busibo adult literacy class graduate.
The new school year has just commenced and we can’t wait to see the results in the coming months!
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