Fountain Publishers Ltd has donated learning materials valued at Shs 354m to government to support the continuity of learning with millions of learners currently stuck in their homes following the closure of schools in the wake of coronavirus.
Fountain Publishers is a leading Ugandan publishing house of instructional materials and general trade books in Uganda and East African region.
James Tumusiime, the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers said in a letter to the National Task Force on Covid -19 that the donation is in line with the appeal by President Yoweri Museveni to the private sector to join the efforts against the pandemic.
The publishing house has given an assortment of Primary and Secondary textbooks and supplementary reading books in 10 local languages to accelerate thematic curriculum. The materials are valued at Shs 354,874,500.
“We realize we need to supplement government’s efforts through the Ministry of Education and Sports in supplying reading materials to learners during the lockdown,” Tumusiime said.
He said the challenge in learning under the current lockdown is more profound in upcountry areas due to limited purchasing power to buy personal reading materials and accessibility of digital learning platforms for self-study programs.
In April, the Ministry of Education and Sports outlined government’s program to ensure learning continues during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Ministry said a framework has been developed for continuity and that it has also identified basic competencies for concepts of study.
“We have harmonized learning materials to use in continuity while learners are at home for effective learning, and prepared guidelines for local governments to ensure continuity of learning,” Education Minister, Janet Museveni said.
Self-study print materials for P1 to P7 have also been developed and they will be distributed through district leadership led by RDCs and CAOs.
These will distribute the materials to the Sub-county chiefs who will then pass them on to the Parish chiefs who will use LC1 Chairpersons to distribute the materials to individual homes.
“This is a system I believe can work especially where the leaders are active and can monitor progress and it can go down right to the homes. So children don’t run around to the districts looking for the materials”.
She said these materials will be a great resource to the learners even after the lockdown. She said Sub-county chiefs have already been facilitated under the programs of Covid 19.
Below is the list of the books donated by Fountain…