The NGO’s Daily Activities

Written by admin on September 19, 2016 Categories: Education

Our organization runs as an after-school center, and there are many of this kind in Uganda, maybe due to the deficiencies of the local scholar system. Teachers use what is called the “soviet method”, which consists in learning by repetition and, if children make a mistake, shouting at them and telling them how bad they are at that particular subject. Everyone aims for perfection. Anyway, this way of education is not only “soviet”, as can be seen on http://www.ace-ten.com/ and certainly not just Ugandan; this still happens in the whole world, save a few exceptions, such as the Finnish education system or Waldorf schools and so on.

This organization has a young team of educators that teach different subjects every day and there are also special activities that aim at integrating children into society.

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The organization developed a program based on the idea of giving these young children a solid background to know themselves and to grow healthy. The educational program is based in education and promotion in health programs from all over the world and the plan is for the program to continue, even when the Birthright volunteers are no longer in Kampala. Topics such as hygiene, healthy nutrition and a few points about our relation with nature have been also taught.

It is essential to learn about relationships, because in this world people are involved in them constantly. So, the goal is to learn and teach (because teachers are also constantly learning everyday, and there is no age limit to keep on learning) about three different relationships. Our relation with ourselves (mind, body and soul); our relation with others (friends, family, the institutions we are in, such as work or school, and also relationships with partners, such as girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife etc.); last but not least, our relation with our world and nature (environmental studies, geography, etc.)

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Children and Media

Written by admin on September 18, 2016 Categories: Education

On this page there are some posts about how to best achieve a good balance between education and happiness in relation to the upbringing of children. To bring children into this world is certainly a big responsibility and a full time job. One can’t exc1572c59821062c96d0fc33ad32a2983_genericpect not to be busy almost all the time after becoming a parent.

Promoting reading in children is very important for their overall development. Telling stories to children from an early age is one of the ways of promoting the habit of reading. Writers of books for children say that it is one of the most noble and rewarding jobs. Emotions like astonishment, laughter or curiosity promote ideas, imagination and creativity. Telling stories to children can be a magical thing and many people feel like one will always hold a special love towards those books or writers one read as a child.

There are some spread ideas (especially among children’s literature writers and parents that support literature as a means of entertainment) that TV, especially American TV shows, underestimates children. Recently, there have been some articles publicly criticising franchises such as “The Disney Show” where they have a few kids presenting low rate cartoons and that the only option parents seem to be willing to share with their children are often The Simpsons.

On average, children watch TV three hours every day. But there is nothing interesting for them. No real content there or anything that really stimulates their developing brains. And although it is not good to generalize, most parents do not feel that these TV shows promote fantasy in their children. Also, the problem is that many parents do not spend enough time with their children and in order to entertain them, they resort to leaving them alone with smartphones, TVs, computers or tablets.

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About Kampala

Written by admin on September 17, 2016 Categories: Education

Kampala, often referred to as Kakampala-1mpala District, is both the capital and largest city in Uganda. Like many urban cities, Kampala is divided into different sectors, otherwise known as boroughs: Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Lubaga Division. In addition to these boroughs, the city is seeing rapid growth in the surrounding Wakiso District. The population of this newest district more than doubled in only one decade (2002 to 2014), bringing the population of that area alone to over 2 million (and growing).

The city is rich in history: as far as 1881 it was already known as the capital of the important Buganda Kingdom. Several monuments and historic buildings survived and still exist today, and they include the Parliament and Court of Justice. The rest of the city was rebuilt, not by choice. The authorities, rather, were forced to rebuild following the Uganda-Tanzania war which took place in the 1970s. The city now boasts modern hotels, banks, malls, universities and other educational institutions, as well as hospitals and mosques, among many other buildings of importance.

The city is known as a city of hills, having started with seven hills, like the city of Rome, and featuring other, countless rolling hills that characterize the landscape and the skyline of Kampala.

In addition to the hills, Kampala is made up of rainforests and has a predominantly rainforest climate: as such, the city has two wet seasons per year; August to December as well as a shorter rainy season from February to June. The shorter season has also the heaviest rain fall, with over 169 millimeters of rain, city-wide.

The city’s population is made up of a diverse group of ethnic groups due to a rich political and economic landscape. The population is progressive and ahead of other areas of Uganda when it comes to issues such as Inter-tribal marriage, and multi-ethnicity is definitely a thing in Kampala, with many different religions observed and a few different languages spoken: among them English, Swahili, and Luganda.

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The Importance of Literature to Children

Written by admin on September 16, 2016 Categories: Education

Promoting education in children through literature is one of the many ways to get them off the streets, develop streets and develop closer relationships with them. It is really important to read to or to encourage childr
en to read from an early age and to realize that literature is also important because of its historical context. There is a very famous children’s tale, namely Hansel and Gretel, written by the Brothers Grimm.img-big-eyed-learner

In the darkest moment of their adventure the main characters, two children, discover that the birds have eaten the strategic crumbs of bread they had left behind; a very simple system that the two siblings had devised to find their way back home. Hansel and Gretel are lost and alone in the woods and it starts to get dark. However, if the story is told to a modern child, they might wonder why they do not just pull their phones and check their GPS or call their parents. Children these days do not have a notion of life before mobile telephony.

At the same time, one may wonder how terrible literature would have been had mobile telephony always been around. Many classics of literature would have lost certain dramatic elem
ents that are key to the main plot. How easy would it have been to solve many famous mysteries and intricacies of great, historical stories of fiction? Many classic stories and their complex plots would have crumbled to pieces in no time.

From Homer’s Odyssey to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Borges’ The Man on Pink Corner, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes etc. Regardless of the intellectual level of the text, whether popular or philosophical, or its geographical setting. With a phone in her hand, for example, Penelope would not have waited with uncertainty and anxiety for the warrior Ulysses to return from the combat.

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The Project and Our NGO

Written by admin on September 15, 2016 Categories: Education

Since November of 2remote-site-solutions-bg_ngo-sector015, various volunteers found themselves involved with the city and its reality. With open hearts and souls, these youngsters were touched by the big inequality and poor conditions in which many people live and many children grow up. The holiday project was the first practical approach in which volunteers raised money and bought necessities for the families -especially children- living in Kampala; there were metal containers given to people by the government after an earthquake in the 80s (links to pictures of the quake can be found on newcasino.org.uk), promising them new houses, but this never happened.

The NGO started working because of the existing urge to get involved more deeply with the people living in Kampala. The situation required much more than mere charity. People living in poverty are used to receiving clothes, food and other stuff, from the government or, mainly, from private institutions. They are used to this kind of help, but they are not used to being challenged in any way.

The members of the NGO first thought about community development, implementing a “cultural space” committing with the community through different activities, such as lessons or open days when performances were held (music, dance, drama, etc.). This was thought as an open space where local and abroad volunteers from different organizations could gather and create new activities every month, discuss about Kampala’s reality and organize effective ways of solving problems. This idea did not flourish in the end though.

There was then a project about implementing a health and sanitation educational program aimed to the same families again; especially thinking about the healthy development of children. Two documents were drawn, specifying why and what to teach, and also how. Initially, the volunteers wanted to go house by house, to create a personal relationship with families. In the end, this idea did become a reality but in a different way, namely, through a center that holds an after-school program for children who live in poverty conditions.

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Volunteering in Africa: What We Do

Written by admin on September 14, 2016 Categories: Education

Here you will find a collection of articles about volunteering and school projects in the developing world. In Africa, more children than ever go to school, but many schools still lack basic facilities and enough educators to teach in the classrooms. Also, the number of girls who receive schooling in Africa are far less than the number of boys. In order to help all students fulfill their potential, as well as promote equality and fight discrimination in the continent, morefree-volunteer-africa teachers and social workers from around the world are needed in these communities.

Providing children with education is crucial in many ways, especially in Africa and other parts of the developing world. As the gap between rich and poor is growing around the globe, education will be the key to a better and safer future for future generations. Those who do not go to school are less likely to be successful. Instead, they fall further behind their age group, eventually making it much more difficult for them to catch up later in life. Many fall into child labor, while some are lured into child prostitution and human trafficking.

Volunteers can help these children before they become vulnerable to crime. As a teacher or a social worker you will be an influential part of the local community. Not only will you be doing an important job, you will also encounter a new culture and ultimately grow as a person. Volunteering is a challenge, but the experience will benefit both you and the children you take care of.

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Heart of Gold

Written by admin on September 13, 2016 Categories: Education

Every child has the right to a good education, adequate and healthy nutrition and access to healthcare. All these are possible in a perfect world, but this is not the case in our world today. So many children – the number going into the millions, are forced to make do without the most basic of needs which is heart wrenching. There are children who go to sleep with an empty stomach, others are forced to provide casual labor in order to get some money to kids-painting2buy food while others have to live in abusive and violent environments.

It is for this reason that we were inspired to start a place that provides some form of safe haven for our children. A place where they can play in a safe environment, learn important life skills and have some decent food. Children are little angels on earth and it is our collective duty to keep them safe and provide them with all their basic needs.

Our belief is that if we empower our children and youth, then we will be building a healthier and stronger society for the future. This will help reduce crime, dependency, idleness and violence. Children are tomorrow’s future and we fail them at this stage, who knows who they are going to grow to be. Ideally, our children should have a better life than we did back when we were kids.

It’s not just a matter of providing children and young people with physical needs. Overall wellness and strengthening of their minds will stay with them all the days of their lives. If we all work together with the aim of empowering our children, then we will have done the greatest service to our children and our future. Giving back and lifting the less fortunate to the point they can now stand on their two feet is the true measure of humanity.

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Volunteers Improving Education

Written by admin on September 12, 2016 Categories: Education

Merowa Junior Academy invited volunteers to help with the educational needs of children living in Uganda. Some remote areas of the country have no schools at all. Therefore, there’s a crucial need for volunteers to aid in assisting children with theducation-opportunitysmalle necessary tools to learn English, math, science, and in many cases computer skills.

Without the volunteers, many children would not have the opportunity to receive an education or could only be taught by their parents, and they may not know many subjects at an academic level – which instead could help them receive a high quality education.

The volunteers won’t only be working with children but will also be there for local teachers. They will provide them with any assistance they need, for instance by perfecting their level of English as well as providing computer skills that they can pass onto their students.

Becoming a volunteer for any educational subject, be it to help teachers or children, is very rewarding as it will improve the overall lifestyle level of the areas involved in the program and will reach out to students and families regardless of their location across Uganda.

Volunteers are a huge part of the Merowa Junior Academy, as they can work with teachers to improve the way in which they operate. Much of the effort on their part, as a matter of fact, consists in educating the teaching staff, so not only better opportunities are given but also jobs posts are created, populating at the same time Uganda with quality leaders.

The same goes for all educational subjects and tech classes. All of these subjects will help improve education and allow students to help their communities. Students will be able to attend college in Uganda or any country once they have the basic educational foundations. At the end of their academic course they will bring back knowledge to their country and ultimately improve the lifestyles of their towns through many different careers that without basic education will be impossible goals to be reached.

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