My Pen Pal In Uganda

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Imagine that you are back in elementary school. Every morning, you wake up, put on clean clothes, and eat a nutritious breakfast. You probably ride in some sort of a vehicle or take a short walk to get to school. After you arrive, your teacher goes through all sorts of interesting lessons using books, videos, games, or art. When you get home from school, you change into more comfortable attire, eat a snack, do your homework, and relax until dinner. Finally, you end the day with a bath or shower and crawl into bed. Sounds nice, right? Unfortunately, not all students can enjoy this luxurious reality. In Uganda, elementary school students suffer to an unimaginable extent. Some must wake up very early to do chores on their farms and walk a far …show more content…
Since kindergarten, I have written to a pen pal in Bumwalukani, Uganda named Caroline Watsemba. My family sponsors her, which means that we pay for her education. Caroline went to a school called Arlington Academy of Hope, which was created by two Ugandan parents at my old school. Out of 19,000 schools in Uganda, AAH is one of the best primary schools in the country, ranking in the top 1%. It is well structured, full of adequate materials to teach with, provides each student with a uniform and lunch at school, has a tutoring program, and gives children opportunities in academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The school is so good that every child passes the Primary Exiting Exam. Unfortunately, other schools in Uganda do not provide for their students in the way AAH does, and that is why I believe this discrepancy is a significant issue. Uganda is a third world country, so it is very far behind other countries, particularly in regards to its economy and health care. The only way to fix these issues is to establish a good school system, which the country failed to do under its Universal Primary Education system. Establishing a quality system enables more students to pass the Primary Exiting Exam and further their education, which means that they have access to more jobs. With this access and knowledge, they can create positive change within Uganda and fix its political, economy, and health care …show more content…
This source is really beneficial because it provides statistics, critical qualitative and quantitative analyses, great descriptions, and quotes from different Ugandans, ranging from high ranked officials to civilians. Also, Mwesigye uses a lot of credible and diverse sources to provide his information, such as information from the World Bank, United Nations, Ugandan acts and laws, and the Education Policy Review Commission report from 1987. Mwesigye is a senior lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. “Developing Uganda” by Holger B Hansen and Michael Twaddle is a book that analyzes how Uganda has tried to recover from previous rulers under the command of President Museveni since 1986. The book looks at both achievements and failures that the country has faced in that period of time and uses that information to make inferences on the future of the country. This book is really helpful because it provides information on UPE, particularly how the system came to be and the government’s role in it. Hansen is the director of the African Studies Center at the University of Copenhagen and Twaddle is a politics and history teacher at the University of

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