The executive director, Kampala capital city authority, KCCA –Dorothy Kisakka, warmly received the US Ambassador to Uganda, Ms Natalie Brown as she rallies communities to support children’s reading culture, saying it is a key ingredient in shaping productive citizens in the country.

Evidence shows that when children acquire reading skills early in primary school, their chances of succeeding over their life span improve and this helps in long term academic performance, which in turn contributes to national development.

USAID and the government are jointly running a five-year programme -Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) to strengthen government systems and improve the government’s ability to deliver basic education and services to children and youth, including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), in 50 districts across Uganda, with so far 38 covered.

The programme intends to improve early grade reading outcomes for at least 2.5 million Primary school pupils through materials enhancement, teacher development and support, and community engagement.


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