Ten Thousand Backpacks Bolster Students' Education in Uganda

Posted by Cynthia J. Day
September 27, 2010
Children Attend Class in Uganda

About the Author: Cynthia Day serves as a Desk Officer in the Bureau of African Affairs.

Ten thousand students in Uganda received backpacks for Ramadan, thanks to a donation from Africom. U.S. Embassy Kampala representatives traveled to Muslim-majority secondary schools to distribute the backpacks and talk about the United States with the students. The embassy volunteers also brought with them books in both English and Arabic for the schools' libraries.

The U.S. Embassy community worked together to document the donations and captured the reactions around the country and smiles of students as they received the backpacks. One person on the team was designated to use a flip cam to record parts of the events and interview students. The result is this engaging video, which you can watch here on YouTube.

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Oystercracker
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United States
September 27, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

These children need proper desks to sit in a whiteboard and books. If you go in August and look in the trash dumpster of American schools you'll find very expensive, perfectly good school materials that the taxpayer overpaid for. Why can't these materials be recycled? This would fit into the government's green agenda. As an American I feel embarrassedn that these chilren have so little mostly due to corruption but a lot having to do with will. There is no reason why these children shouldn't have beautiful things, a backpack full of school supplies being the least of them. The effort isn't good enough. The world's children deserve to have a beautiful school life even if it's a recycled one.
The world promises so much yet delivers so little. We should all be ashamed.

Oystercracker
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United States
September 27, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

When children don't have beautiful, clean surroundings it inhibits their dreams and aspirations. A cinder block school with a cement floor, tin roof and clean surroundings could be built on a shoestring and outfitted with books, games and materials. This is where American taxpayer money should be spent.
How much does cinder block, rebar and concrete cost? You could probably get the fathers to help build the village school for free. I don't believe it's 2010 and we're still talking about the same thing. Where is the taxpayer's money going and is this all we have to show for it? Americans are better than this. Bring peace to the world by saving a child's education. It's inept stupididity and corruption that can't get it right. Have we become so callous and mindless that we accept so little of a future for these beautiful children. These children need a dream so that they can change Africa's destiny
forever.

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