Help Children In Uganda Learn The English Language
Over 100 local languages are spoken in Uganda; because the country is so multilingual, English is a unifying language and commonly spoken. It’s used for everything from business to government and all public education classes. However, the children you will be teaching typically aren’t speaking English at home, which means learning English quickly and successfully will impact how well they do in school. Think about having your first day of school and sitting through a math lesson and a test in a language you don’t understand.
There’s a high drop out rate in Uganda, and one of the main causes for this is kids struggling with the language. The goal of ILP classes is to help kindergarten-age students (about 3-6 years old) speak English naturally so that they’re better prepared to do well in school now and also continue to speak English fluently later in life. All ILP programs help children learn a skill that will benefit them in the future, but in Uganda, English is a skill that’s needed now while they’re young.
There will also be many other opportunities and projects where you can serve the community in other ways if you’d like to in your free time, such as clean water projects (help preserve a spring to provide clean water to hundreds or even thousands of local people), help with health and hygiene classes, etc.