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Press Release: U.S. Ambassador Swears in 38 New Education Peace Corps Volunteers
On January 22, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLiSi presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 38 United States Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) at his residence in Kampala. These Volunteers will serve in the Education sector, focusing specifically on improving pupil literacy instruction, increasing pupil literacy and engaging the community in reading. This newest group of Peace Corps Volunteers brings the total number of PCVs currently serving in Uganda to 160.
This swearing-in ceremony was the culmination of the 10 weeks of training in the areas of teaching early reading skills, methodology supporting the Uganda National Literacy Strategy, learner assessment, managing large class sizes and creating learning aides from local resources. Volunteers will now proceed to sites across the country to begin their roles as Literacy Specialists in Primary schools and Teacher Trainers at Primary Teachers Colleges. They will work hand in hand with primary teachers, Head Teachers, Tutors and Principals to build the capacity of local educators, promote a culture of reading and increase early literacy skills by conducting reading interventions, holding teacher workshops, teaching content areas, developing school libraries and supervising pre-service teachers.
In his remarks, Ambassador Scott said, "To the people of Uganda, and to our local community partners in particular, I want to tell you how much we appreciate your engagement and support. We entrust our Volunteers to your care and know that they will be received with a warmth and hospitality that reflects well on all Ugandans. You make them part of your communities and your families and your engagement with them makes our Volunteers' experience in your beautiful country productive and life-changing. This is part of the beauty, and the magic, of the Peace Corps experience and reflects the spirit of partnership that makes the program so successful."