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Copy of Reading Culture and Social Change

How does having a rich reading culture help to create positive social change?

amika matsui

on 8 August 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Reading Culture and Social Change

Kolb's Model of
Experiential Learning
Education in Uganda
Reading Culture and Social Change
Ahimbisibwe Dan - Head Librarian
Kristi Choi, Amika Matsui and Ellen Wiltsie-Brown
Kitengesa Community Library:
Reading Culture and Social Change
Republic of Uganda
Located in east-central Africa
Lingering Questions About our Impact
"What colour is your English?" by Gillian Creese
Our Largest Impact on the Community
What is a muzungu...
British Colonialism brought diverse population into a single entity
Government strategy to eradicate poverty

Universal Primary Education (UPE) policy, 1997

Pressure to meet UN Millennium Development Goal on education

Repercussions of UPE policy implementation
Economy of Uganda
1986 - : Structural reform -> Increase in GDP

But... since 2006, decline in GDP


global economic crisis

insecurity in Northern Uganda

What is a reading culture?
Reading Culture

Why is it important?

To get the benefits of reading:

Development of literacy
Personal growth
Socioeconomic development

Reading Culture
Reading Culture
How can we establish?

Reading as an enjoyable practice

Incorporation of the oral tradition

Relevant materials
Primary Reading Program
Youth Leadership Program
Comprised of secondary school students

Weekly meeting to discuss relevant topics
(nutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, farming etc.)

Created to help disseminate information to the community

Develop leadership skills and research skills
Rose's Lesson
Planting seeds
Theory Practice

Reading Culture

1. Silent reading

2. Students read aloud to each other

3. Reading aloud with Luganda translator

4. Comprehension questions
The three of us (Ellen, Kristi & Amika) with our host parents, Dan and Ameila
Richness of culture
Organic community
Greater understanding of theoretical concepts

The Community's Impact on Us
Population of Uganda
Why is it difficult to establish?

1. Viewing reading as a part of school culture

2. Oral tradition contradicts the idea of reading

3. Lack of relevant reading materials

Primary and Secondary School Enrollment Rate
Vicious Circle
Sociology 435 - Participatory Development: Theory and Practice in International Development
Six credit course: Pre-departure seminars

Theoretical Knowledge
It is when there is a habit of reading for enjoyment for everyday life (Jönsson & Olsson, 2008)

Republic of Uganda
Population: 34 million

Urban/rural divide
Reflective Observation
Abstract Conceptualization
How can we establish reading culture?
Lingering Questions About our Impact
Sustainability and maintaining partnerships
Thank you
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