October 22, 2018

"Speaking to Ugandan students about peer pressure and career guidance"

A strategic plan from 2010 to 2015 was aimed at addressing the failure of Uganda's primary schools to provide literacy and numeracy skills to children

Photo credit: UNICEF / Everett

Daniella Akellot

Global Youth Ambassador from Uganda

A Global Youth Ambassador tells how she took part in a literacy project attended by over 50 children aged 12 and 13, along with parents.

While participating in a literacy project organised by my Rotary Club, I was given an opportunity to speak to Primary 7 pupils (12 to 13-year-olds).

I talked to them about peer pressure in relation to career guidance during a soft skills training seminar that took place at Bugoma Primary School in Kalangala district, Ssese Islands, on Lake Victoria in Uganda. 

Over 50 pupils were present during this training. Pupils were requested to share topics which they were interested in and questions included:

  • Life after school
  • How to become a doctor, lawyer etc
  • How to pray
  • Protection from early pregnancy
  • Personal hygiene
  • What is confidence?
  • Making right choices
  • Protection from HIV/AIDS

The majority of the speakers were parents themselves and the sessions were engaging. 

This project was covered by a local broadcasting station and will be aired on local TV. It was carried out to coincide with the Rotary Basic Education and Literacy month which is commemorated in September every year.

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