Save the Children renews NiE partnership with Vision Group

Monday 7 March 2016

On Friday March 4, 2016, Save the Children and Vision Group renewed the memorandum of understanding for the Newspapers in Education (NiE) partnership for the third year running.

The contract was signed at Save the Children’s offices in Kamwokya between the Country Director Barbara Burroughs and Vision Group Chief Operations Officer Gervase Ndyanabo, in the presence of Vision Group’s Managing Editor Ben Opolot and Save the Children’s Senior Officer–CRG, Samuel Komakech.

 “This is the third time I’ve had the pleasure,” said Burroughs, just before she signed. “Newspapers in Education is a great way to get reading material to children in the rural areas.”

About the partnership, Ndyanabo said, “It is always a pleasure to work with Save the Children, not for the sake of it but for the benefit it gives children and people out there. It reflects our vision: we work towards advancing society and targeting children is the best way of targeting everyone.”

Opolot, the Managing Editor – English Newspapers, had a glowing review of the project. He started off with an anecdote to show just how important NiE is.

“Growing up in my little town of Kachumbala, in Tororo… I don’t even know if I can even call it a town…we did not have libraries or a place to find relevant reading material,” he said. “Speaking as a teacher, I can’t summarize the value of this project. I know there is still a gap but what Save the Children is doing is enormous. And speaking as Vision Group, we are glad to be part of this partnership.”

The implementation of the Children Rights project was spearheaded by the partnership between Vision Group and Save the Children Uganda early in 2013.  It reaches out to 56 primary schools nationwide. Under the partnership, The New Vision newspaper supplies 100 copies of The New Vision and Rupiny newspapers every week with Newspaper in Education pullouts about child rights. The project continues to run successfully in Kampala, Nakaseke,Wakiso, Kotido,  Moroto, Amuru, Nwoya, Kasese and Ntoroko districts.

Newspapers in Education (NiE) is a worldwide movement that strives to make learning child-centred and the classroom environment more stimulating. The Country Office is grateful to Save the Children Norway for its support to this programme for the third year running.

Newspapers in Education (NiE) is a worldwide movement that strives to make learning child-centred and the classroom environment more stimulating. The programme helps teachers learn how to use newspapers as a learning resource. The use of newspapers as a learning resource has the immense benefit of instilling lifetime reading habits in children. It not only brings the real world into the classroom but also increases the learners’ awareness of their world.

In Uganda, child rights awareness building still continues with the support of Save the Children; however, many people still have limited knowledge about the extent to which parents, guardians, teachers and adults in general understand the rights of the child. There is still a need for developing and disseminating child-friendly and easily accessible information about rights and responsibilities targeting children in and out of school and the general population in Uganda.