Last December, YOLRED celebrated "DPAC DAY" with children from the Aswa Primary School. DPAC is the "Day of Prayer and Action for Children" and was officiated by the local community chairman Ojara Martin Mapenduci, parents and chairmen of the Parent Teacher Association. We donated textbooks, teachers' guides, balls for play and athletics, national flags, a school atlas and a copy of the Ugandan constitution to the Aswa school. The items supported the parents and school administration in elevating the academic standards and learning capacities of attending students who are in a highly rural area. The program was the first in an envisioned evolving relationships between YOLRED and educational institutions throughout war affected areas of Northern Uganda. As is well documented, many schools in the region are under resourced and lacking supplies, qualified teachers and instruction manuals for primary school pupils. In the coming year, we are looking to mount more events focusing on individual schools not only in providing them supplies, but also assisting parents in building alliances to best support their children's educations. The primary impetus for these special school days is to affirm the children in their educational pursuits, but also build partnerships with schools in greatest need using a festive, celebratory atmosphere. Further, we believe we need more donations and sponsorship from businesses and government agencies to have even more successful interactions. In regards to this effort, the best call to action we can make to the Ideo community is for networking suggestions with regional and global entities interested in supporting primary education in a county such as ours in post conflict.
YOLRED in the schools
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