Seven Kasiisi Project/Kibale Forest Schools Program schools participated in Uganda’s Drop Everything and Read Day on March 5th – Kasiisi School lent books to Pere Achte, Iruhuura, Kiko and Kiamara. Kigarama now has its own library and Kyakatara was able to obtain books through its Peace Corps Volunteer.
At Kasiisi literacy teacher Musinguzi Moses addressed the entire school and then selected teachers took responsibility for each class and they spread out around the school compound. Groups from primary six and seven read silently, sometimes as individuals and others in groups of three or four. Younger pupils had one classmate at a time reading out loud to them.
Project Field Director Jim Fenton read two books to the nursery children. Most of them were completely engrossed and greeted the colorful pictures on each new page with ‘wow!’
At Kigarama 250 parents attended and read along with their children. Teachers read aloud to younger children with older kids taking a book each. Kigarama alumnus and local business Richard Tooro – owner of safari company Kabarole Tours – read alongside the children and then told them how important reading has been to his success and how every Saturday he would walk 15km each way to Fort Portal library to borrow 2 books a week.