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Rotary International President Pledges to Aid Long Distance Learning

Today, as he concluded his three-day visit to Uganda, the Rotary International President Shekar Mehta pledged partnership with the government of Uganda to support distance learning through raising resources to procure supportive equipment like radios and televisions. He was addressing journalists after a visit to Makerere University which hosts one of the seven Rotary Peace Centres across the World.
Sheka Mehta with his delegation at Makerere University

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Rotary International President Shekar Mehta has pledged to partner with Uganda in supporting long-distance learning amidst the high demand for virtual collaborations that came with the closure of educational institutions.

The institutions have remained closed since last year as one of the measures undertaken to keep coronavirus at bay. The measure left more than 15 million learners stranded in communities, while urban schools devised online platforms to ensure continuity of learning.

During the first lock down, the Ministry of Education tabled a proposal worth 330 billion Shillings to purchase nine million radios that would be distributed to households across the country for learners to attend to lessons. However, the idea was rejected by parliament.

Today, as he concluded his three-day visit to Uganda, the Rotary International President Shekar Mehta pledged partnership with the government of Uganda to support distance learning through raising resources to procure supportive equipment like radios and televisions. He was addressing journalists after a visit to Makerere University which hosts one of the seven Rotary Peace Centres across the World.

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In his speech, Mehta stressed that literacy is one of the areas through which Rotary has devoted to offering service to communities in addition to peace, hygiene, water and sanitation and preserving the environment, among others.

According to him, a similar system has worked in India where they have worked to ensure that each household with learners has a television for distance learning to be inclusive. He adds that the process can be gradual where the government starts off with some households until all are covered in the long run.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University commended Mehta for impacting the education sector through scholarships for students at the Rotary Peace Centre. The service organisation awards up to 130 fully-funded scholarships for dedicated peace and development leaders from around the world to study.

“You have elevated our status as an institution even ahead of celebrating 100-years, we are ready to offer support and engage in activities by Rotary at every opportunity especially to advance education," Nawangwe said.

Since Shekar Mehta arrived in Uganda on Monday, he has visited several Rotary projects and programs including the Rotary Centenary Bank Cancer Ward at Nsambya Hospital, Mengo Hospital Rotary Blood Bank and Empower Girls Initiative among others.

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