US launches mobile library to support education in Uganda

US launches mobile library to support education in Uganda

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Ambassador Deborah Malac reads to children inside the “Nile Explorer” (Picture: US Misssion in Uganda)

The United States government, in partnership with local-tech incubator HIVE Colab, launched the U.S. Mission’s first mobile library project.  Called the Nile Explorer, the vehicle promotes education and has targeted learning activities that build critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

While taking part in the program, students can engage in learning activities that encourage scientific exploration, improve literacy, teach engineering skills, and promote mathematical problem solving.

In addition to the learning activities, the Nile Explorer also serves as a venue to learn more about United States.

The Project is aimed at stimulating a culture of reading among learners and providing teachers with lesson materials to improve the quality of teaching in Kampala City schools and communities.

Speaking at the launch on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac said, “The Nile Explorer is a multifunctional platform to promote open dialogue and build bridges of understanding…t is dedicated to promoting education and encouraging curiosity about the world around us.”

The Nile Explorer is equipped with Wi-Fi and internet and will help connect Ugandans in underserved areas with educational opportunities online.  The Nile Explorer will travel the country and visit a number of schools this calendar year.