Newtown Student Takes on Literacy in Uganda

(WTNH) – Newtown student Grace Herrick shares her experiences in Uganda and her mission to increase literacy.

A recent UNESCO report, at least 250 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, many of whom have no access to formal education. In Uganda, 71 % of children drop out of primary school.

“I went to Uganda to get inspiration for my next science project. When I got there I actually realized there was a greater need, which was access to quality education and healthcare. So I decided to use the Girl Scout Gold award to create a pre-school program in Uganda,” said Grace.

Using the Girl Scouts of America as her platform, Grace is now designing a pre-school program for children under 5 that will help them acquire a basic foundation in reading and math.

Currently, Grace’s program has a max capacity of 25 students, but the demand is far higher. Pregnant mothers are on the waiting list as well as more than 100 families.

To make a financial contribution to Grace’s mission, head to  GoFundMe For Pre-School In Nakaseke Uganda.

For more information, check out Facebook.com/Uganda-reads

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