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Why we Love Literacy 

By Rhionah Ssemakula

· education,literacy,community

Interventions are great!

When you hear that a friend is in trouble, maybe they have lost their job and have a family to care for, what would be your first reaction?

Hopefully, you would intervene! 

You may offer to pay for his/her groceries for a week or to take his children to school. Whatever seems most helpful, you may choose to do.

These are great interventions, obviously, however, if your desire for your friend is that they would have everlasting help, the best interventions would be those that would help him get back on his feet, perfectly able to sustain his family again without depending on you. 

You would help them to find a job! 

This is why we love Literacy. 

We know that Uganda, let alone Africa, has many unique troubles. Our systems do not always work to serve the people, quality education is poor where it can be found or inexistent at worst, health care systems are broken, stable employment an impossibility for many. 

On the surface, you might think that interventions like injecting financial aid into different sectors are the best.

However, once you look deeply, you will find that a more systemic intervention is what will bring long-lasting effects that not only break the bond of dependency but launch a people into wholesome flourishing.

This is why we at Enjuba love Literacy!

That accessible ability to read and write fluently is an open door to every kind of opportunity. 

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If a quarter of Ugandans are given, the tools at a very early age to be truly literate people, it is a proven fact that many of Uganda’s issues will be addressed in an organic way that will last into centuries. 

Frederick Douglass, an American Abolitionist was born into slavery. Having learnt the basic alphabet from his mistress, he depended on little white boys to teach him how to read and pronounce what he learnt. 

He later became one of America’s most prolific writers and orators, sounding the alarm against the heinous practice of slavery. 

When children have the tools to read and write well, to decode their experiences through the tried and tested, timeless truths they encounter with words, change will come. 

Not may, but will come! 

We must intervene, alright. From where we are standing, literacy is the very best way. 

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