Extend reading programme to rural schools, Monitor told

By: Stephen Otage

Kampala: Monitor Publications Limited (MPL) has been asked to design a communication programme to promote reading in rural schools where there is currently a crisis.

The request was made by Inter-Aid Uganda, a non-governmental organisation, as MPL launched this term’s Newspapers in Education (NiE) programme recently.

MPL, which is the publisher of the Daily Monitor, Saturday Monitor and Sunday Monitor, already runs another reading programme, Excel in PLE, every school term.

While meeting the NiE managers at the MPL offices, Ms Ijoru Kalsum, the education officer at Inter-Aid Uganda, said her organisation is facing a challenge of finding a communication channel to educate children and communities in rural areas yet the media has proved a dependable channel of communication.

“We have a problem of sex education and early pregnancies in schools. In some communities, the spirit of volunteerism has died out and children no longer have respect for adults. Could you help us find a solution for some of these challenges?” Ms Kalsum said.

Mr Alex Asiimwe, the MPL managing director, said NiE was introduced to re-ignite debate so that Uganda can have informed leaders who can socialise.

The organisation, which has been using the NiE programme to teach and sensitise urban refugees, announced that it would increase the number of schools to benefit from the programme from the current 25 in the five divisions in Kampala to 81 before taking it upcountry.

Source: Daily Monitor

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