Inclusive and equitable quality education are featured in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Words Into Deeds established a grants program whereby teachers could apply for financial assistance to set-up student outreach projects. The first project drew upon teachers’ skills at traditional bead-making crafts. This taught students how to make beads from paper and then assemble them into jewelry and purses. The items would be sold both within the Gulu community and in the USA, in some cases aligned with in-school outreach projects. All proceeds are sent to the UNIFAT School scholarship fund. From the first two sets items produced, nearly $900 has been raised.
A second grant has been awarded to set-up a student-made vegetable garden. Here students will learn about sustainability of resources and healthy nutrition. As crops become available, they will be incorporated into the on-site meal preparations facility at the school, which now also includes meals for in-residence students.
Partnership With The Wawoto Kacel Cooperative Society
Founded in 1997, this cooperative in Gulu, Uganda supports individuals, mostly women, who are unable to work or are ostracized due to having HIV/AIDS or other chronic diseases, loss of families, and other issues that make them vulnerable https://www.facebook.com/wawotokacel/. At the co-op center they learn a wide array of traditional and contemporary craft skills. Words Into Deeds has partnered with them to also provide craft items in support of the UNIFAT School scholarship fund, and has plans to have artisans from the co-op work directly with UNIFAT students, teaching them new craft skills.
Digital Literacy for the 21st Century
Access to the internet and skills in the use of electronic media are not yet available to most teachers and students at the UNIFAT Primary School, and this shortfall was a major need identified at the November, 2019 workshops. Words Into Deeds, in partnership with Friends of UNIFAT, raised over $5000 in private donations and obtained a matching Rotary International Grant to renovate and furnish a vacant room to serve as a computer center, and hire an IT education specialist. Working with teachers, a grade-by-grade set of curricular goals has been established, and will be implemented when classes resume.