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THE UGANDA LEARNING CAMPAIGN "LETS READ TOGETHER" "Tusomere Wamu", "Tushomere Hamwe"
Juliet Natukunda reading with her grandchild Isaac at home in Bwehundo village Kigarama Suounty in Sheema district April 2018.
The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  launched the Uganda Learning Campaign dubbed Tusomere Wamu meaning let's read together in February 2018. The campaign aimed at promoting active parental engagement in their children's reading practice at home. Campaign activities included: running daily radio adverts and jingles, weekly radio programs and TV adverts on selected stations, conducting drama shows in at least 20 communities around government aided primary schools and head teachers inviting parents to schools for one-on-one meetings on the campaign. To avail reading materials at home, 600,000 story cards were given to primary schools for learners to borrow and read with their parents at home during the campaign. The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni  presided over the function. 

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Drama show changed my mind set about reading with children at home.
"I first heard about Tushomere Hamwe reading campaign when I attended a drama show at Mushanju trading center, Bwehundo village, Kigarama Sub County in Sheema district. Many of the ideas in the drama show were new to me." says Juliet Natukunda, resident of Bwehundo village, in Kigarama Sub County in Sheema district.

On their way home together with other parents, Natukunda started discussing and sharing ideas what interested them most in the show. After listening to other parents she understood more about the reading campaign to encourage parents to be more active, pay more attention and give their children at least 20 minutes per day to read together.

Ministry of Education and Sports with support from USAID/Uganda Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity is running a national reading campaign aimed at improving parental engagement in their children's reading practice at home in 98 districts. Drama shows are part of the community engagement activities.

Natukunda is a mother of five children and a peasant farmer. Right now, she is looking after her three year old grandchild, Isaac Ainomugisha a learner at Nshonji preprimary school.

"Before attending the drama show, I didn't consider reading seriously. Although I spent a lot of time with my grandchild, I hardly paid attention to what he learnt at school. I never even bothered to read with Isaac or ask him what he learnt at school," confesses Natukunda.

She appreciates the organizers of the drama show because it was of great impact in her life. She has now picked interest in reading with her grandchild which was a rare occurrence in her community. Interestingly, "I have also influenced my neighbors to also read with their children at home."

To improve on Isaac's reading skills, she recently developed a time table to encourage them to read together daily. Besides interacting with Isaac, Natukunda has also bought a story book so that they can read together during his free time or after having supper.



Posted 12th, March 2018
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