A female education activist said, "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world." Teach to LEAD (Leadership in Education for African Development) stands firmly on this belief; there are luminous possibilities that emanate from teachers awakened to the power of creative voice, critical reflection, and gender equality. The objectives of the LEAD Literature Circles Project are to expose future teachers to contemporary African voices in literature, provide structured support for their own personal reflection and group discussion of the selected texts, and teach literacy methods that they can use to promote reading comprehension, critical thinking, and creative writing in their future classrooms. The texts selected for LEAD Literature Circles include many contemporary female African authors and discuss many gender-related themes relevant to the current educational climate in Uganda. During the annual Teach to LEAD camp, future teachers will gather together in daily literature circles and learn to use various reading comprehension strategies as they reflect upon and discuss the contemporary African texts. At the conclusion of Teach to LEAD camp, students will return to their various colleges with a book bin containing 50 books of a selected title. They will also receive other teaching resources for support as they continue holding literature circles on a weekly basis at their college. They will train other students to use the reading comprehension strategies, critical thinking skills, and creative writing strategies learned during LEAD Literature Circles. Furthermore, continued discussion of the selected texts will promote deeper discussions pertaining to gender equality and girl-child empowerment in Uganda. Teachers that are themselves active, critical readers and writers are then able to inspire pupils to the same. Teachers that value the importance of the written word, the power of seeing your lived experience reflected in a text, and who hold firmly to the belief that ALL children are capable of achieving at high levels, are positioned to bring this vision to fruition within their classrooms and communities. Indeed, "one child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."
Your contribution increases the impact of Ms. Hall, her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers, and their communities; and makes a brighter future possible for young women in Uganda.