In an attempt by kata kata cartoon magazine to encourage reading and writing amongst learners in primary schools in Uganda, the organisation is in talks with leading Primary Schools in the country, among them, Sir Apollo Kagwa Primary School Kisaasi, a member of a wider group under Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools.
Under this program, Kata Kata youth ambassador Liam Katabira, an Old Boy (O.B) of one of the Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools, will be visiting schools to achieve Literacy development.
Speaking during a meeting held on 30th of March with Mr Mugajju Simon, the head teacher of Sir Apollo Kagwa Primary School Kisasi, a branch of the school in Kisasi, Kata Kata emphasised the importance of encouraging youths to become conscious of their environment through reading and writing. To achieve the goal, Liam Katabira will be visiting the schools, interacting and engaging the pupils personally. Furthermore, other issues were discussed during the meeting, including establishing and launching the Young Writers Club in the school, buying and adding more books and magazines in the school library to encourage young readers. The marketing manager of Kata kata Magazine, Uganda, Ms Luutu Quintus Babirye, who represented the organisation during the meeting, equally discussed extending such initiatives to other branches of Sir Apollo Kaggwa Schools Uganda.
The Young Writers Club will be a literary club amongst youths to turn them into young writers and tomorrow’s ambassadors. The club will encourage members to read and write and be involved in different activities such as writing competition, excursion and other social activities.
During the meeting, several issues were discussed, among which were:The need to develop self-motivated and knowledgeable writers
– Encouraging critical thinking and deeper engagement with stories
– Providing accountability for children in reading and comprehension
– Promoting the love for literature in a friendly environment
– Boosting children’s confidence and self-esteem
To achieve the above, the parties agreed that Kata Kata would be organising workshops and storytelling meetings in which the nine-year-old brand ambassador in Uganda, Liam Katabira, will motivate and encourage fellow children to write. Liam, whom Kata Kata has nurtured to become a writer, has published two of his books. The Dark Well and The Art Boy. More of his books will soon hit the market.
Likewise, Kata Kata made a similar arrangement with the Lower Section of Brain Tree Nursery and Primary Schools and Kampala. Speaking with the Deputy Director of Studies of the school, Ms Lwantale Desire Lucy, the school promised to start the school initiative in July after the lower section (Primary one) resumes school after one and half years of closure, as a result of the pandemic. Ms Lwantale, who has shown much enthusiasm, ordered two hundred each of Liam’s books for the library.