Lango pupils to benefit as NiE returns
Posted Monday, September 30 2013 at 01:00
Education. The programme will focus on reading and writing skills to improve performance and confidence.
Often, even by midday, there are only a handful of teachers who have arrived at Amuda Primary School in Dokolo District.
In class, a teacher stands in front of pupils seated on the ground. Since pupils are many, a teacher cannot effectively reach out to all of them hence only a few can grasp what has been taught. But through Newspapers in Education (NiE), a programme that runs in several schools countrywide, pupils in Lango sub-region have been given an opportunity to learn about their country starting today.
The Daily Monitor pullouts will be delivered to schools weekly. Mr Allan Ssempala, the Monitor Publications officer in-charge of taking NiE to schools, last Friday said they would focus on reading and writing skills to improve performance and confidence among pupils. “We want to motivate them outside the classroom so that they can appreciate why they have to go to school. If the kind of society they are coming from does not value education, the fear is that they might also not value education,” he said.
Ms Grace Ageno, the programme officer of education and livelihood at Lango Child and Development Federation, an organisation that has sponsored 15 schools, said average test scores in the north are below the rest of the country.
“Majority of children in the north leave school without basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic,” she said.
Ms Grace Pamela Lanyero, the organisation’s federation manager, said none of the schools in the area could compose a drama in English in a recent competition.