KAMPALA – Fountain Publishers on Wednesday gave textbooks worth over shs30 million to the Archdiocese of Mbarara Development Association (AMDA), an umbrella association uniting all Catholics that hail from Mbarara Archdiocese living in Kampala ahead of its forthcoming caravan in Ibanda.
Handing over the learning materials, Mr. Bwebale Nicholas, Publishing Manager, Fountain Publishers noted that the move is geared toward supporting learners in primary and secondary schools who might not have had a chance to access them due to financial constraints.
“As Fountain Publishers, we are glad to help our learners in accessing learning materials. As a publisher, we excel to educate and this is a great moment where we are giving back to the community, and to schools that don’t have these learning materials.”
He added, “This is an opportunity for us to expand beyond Kampala to the rural communities.”
He pledged to continue cooperating with AMDA in its coming events in order to transform lives.
Ms. Ndyagambaki Scholastica – Vice Chairperson AMDA commended the publisher for the gesture as one of their partners.
She noted that AMDA has seven pillars, education being one of the key. She explained that the caravan is one of their biggest activities which was started in 2013 as a way of giving a hand to less privileged communities.
“Under education, we have parents, children, and teachers. We shall not only give them the learning materials but also take teachers through the new curriculum because, among the books we have been given, there are those of the new curriculum. We have success cards to give to candidates.”
“We also meet school managements and give them tips on how to administer their schools because we have experts amongst us but also tip the parents on their roles.”
According to Ms. Ndyagambaki, there are some students in the villages who have never seen a textbook because their parents and schools cannot afford and through such community events, a lot of learners will benefit.
“So we feel our schools are not well catered for and it is our responsibility also to give them aid where we can.”
During the caravan, experts will also take the communities through the environment and economic empowerment. A number of trees will be given out.
The four-day caravan taking place from 7th to 10th September will climax with a medical camp in which 6000 to 7000 people are expected to turn out for treatment.