‘My name is Susan. I come from Awimon in Minakulu, in Gulu Uganda. I am 53 years old. I am a mother of 6 grown children and grandmother of 2 children aged 8 and 11 years who live with me in my hut. Both of my grandchildren go to school at the primary school.
Most of people of my age from our village and other villages around me did not have the opportunity to go to school. It was not a common practice by our parents to send people to school, especially girls. Never has there been any opportunity for us to learn until Africa Educational Trust and LABE introduced the home-learning project in our community. It was special because it not only provided learning opportunities for children, but also covered adults as well.
In 2010, I enrolled as an adult literacy learner at my local literacy class which later transformed into a home learning centre. Together with my other 15 colleagues, we meet twice a week and learn how to read, write and tell stories. My grandchildren also come to the Home learning Centre to play and interact with fellow children.
In December last year, the community members selected me as a representative on our Home Learning Center management committee (HLCMC). I gladly took it up and underwent training in May this year. I am ready to take up my responsibilies as a member of the committee which include ensuring children’s saftety at the centre, making sure play materials are in good condition and that there is proper hygiene at the centre. I will also be mobilising fellow parents to come and to send their children to the home learning centre.
I call upon all the community members to embrace children’s education and send their children to school without discrimination. Parents should make deliberate efforts to follow up with their children’s learning and visit schools to see how they are doing. It is our responsibility as parents to protect and look after all our children in our community.’