The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has called for functional literacy as a major weapon in overcoming all global challenges including terrorism facing most parts of the world today.
Ssekandi speaking during the launch of the Literate Earth Project Library and water extension for Kyazanga Modern Primary School in Lwengo district on Wednesday, said that, the best way to create global peace and harmony is through orienting the minds toward the desired destiny of peace and prosperity.
The Vice President said that wisdom from books is precious adding that God used them to communicate to humanity in the Bible and the Quaran and that books have the capability to refresh people about the past, refer to the present and predict the future.
He pledged Government support to private stakeholders contributing to the education sector in the country, saying equipping libraries in primary and secondary schools is one of the Government deliberate policies to enhance UPE and USE and promote literacy of Ugandans.
He said that Uganda will not remain poor and backward with more than three quarters of the population educated adding Government aims at transforming the country into an upper middle income country as stated in Vision 2040 and education is one of the key tools to realize this goal.
During the same function, Bukoto West MP, Abdu Kitata urged Government to extend grid power to Kyazanga Modern Primary School to enable the pupils and teachers to revise at night toimprove their academic performance.
Lwengo District Chairman George Mutabazi commended the people of Lwengo for their participation in implementation of Government programmes especially in the education and economic empowerment inthe district which he said has led to rapid progress in the district.
Literate Earth Project Director, Jeff Fonda said that his organization is to put up similar libraries for selected schools in Luwero, Masaka, Rakai and Ssembabule Districts and emphasized the importance of inculcating a reading culture among children to positively impact the future generations.