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Without desks and books, children who are in school will not be able to learn.

Bukakata road, Luvule - Masaka
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When classrooms don’t have enough desks, children are either forced to sit five on a bench meant for two students, or sit on the floor. This can be extremely uncomfortable, and distracts them from their learning. Imagine sitting on the floor, surrounded by other students, being bitten by dust mites, trying to write on your lap, and straining your neck to see the board. It’s an impossible situation.

Children also struggle without access to textbooks. In many cases, classrooms don't have any books at all. This makes it hard to follow what the teacher is saying, and means that children are far less likely to leave school knowing how to read.

Spotlight on: WECO Uganda Schools

The impact cannot be overstated – now children can learn to read, making them far more likely to complete school.

We're supplying desks and books to support children with their learning. It is the first time young students have had access to age appropriate reading books, written in both English and their mother tongue. We're also supporting teachers with training so that they can give children the best possible education.

In 2019 we received 791 story books from our friends in Europe. They include traditional stories and fables, fiction books, riddles, songs, poems and factual books.

Grace, a teacher at WECO Uganda Schools said: "The books are good with simple sentences for early grade reading and are designed to match the curriculum. The books are nice, with attractive pictures of animals, birds, and people familiar to the pupils."

Flavia, a student from the same school said: "We practice reading to each other and to the whole class. Now I can read some simple short stories and I'm sure these books will help my reading skills."

Help Children learn to read

Stuart is 11 years old, and is a student in Uganda. His classroom is overcrowded and there aren’t enough desks.

“It makes it very difficult to write because there is not enough space and often the other students knock you. We are pushed and squeezed.”

“I am excited to move into the new classrooms. There will be enough space so I won’t have to sit on the floor, and my handwriting will improve.

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