Kampala. The European Union (EU) in partnership with Daily Monitor have launched the third series of the EU comic series Tesa and Luuka.
This edition is set in Mbale District and will be featured every Tuesday in the Rainbow Magazine for six weeks starting July 2.
While launching the series at the Daily Monitor head offices in Namuwongo yesterday, Ms Anna Merrifield, the deputy head of the EU Delegation to Uganda, said the comic focuses on social challenges that children face in the eastern region such as environmental degradation, trafficking of street children and female genital mutilation.
She said they will also focus on tourism in the region. Some of the features Tesa and Luuka will visit include Sipi Falls.
Ms Merrifield added: “Through the adventures of Tesa and Luuka, characters that Ugandan children can easily relate to, we seek to empower children and youth to speak out.”
Mr Tony Glencross, the managing director, Nation Media Group-Uganda, said he was glad the relationship between Daily Monitor and EU is still strong and together they shall be able to promote children’s rights in Uganda and fight all injustices through educative and fun way programmes.
He said through the series, Daily Monitor is cultivating a reading culture and reaching out to various areas within the country.
He added that they have previously distributed to more than 200 schools and more than 100,000 pupils benefited.
“As Daily Monitor, we have worked with a number of schools in Mbale through Education programmes and we are very privileged that Tesa and Luuka’s coming edition is going to be about Mbale. We call upon all parents and schools to take an initiative to buy for their children a copy of the Daily Monitor every Tuesday where they will have access to the fun and educative series,” Mr Glencross said during the press briefing.
Ms Peninah Asiimwe, the features editor-dailies, said Tesa and Luuka have given Rainbow Magazine a remarkable mileage for the last two years.
She, however, noted that she would like the comic to also expand into other products such as Newspapers in Education that reach out to mostly pupils in rural schools whose families can hardly afford newspapers.
The third edition of the comic book will also be launched on June 28, at Nankusi Pimary School in Mbale.