US launches mobile library to support education 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.”
Great morning at Kisowera Primary School launching the Nile Explorer, our Mission's first mobile American Space that will travel all over #Uganda providing educational opportunities to kids. pic.twitter.com/dlt5wXxIfu
— Amb. Deborah Malac (@USAmbUganda) June 18, 2018
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.
Happening now: Ambassador Deborah Malac is launching the “Nile Explorer!” A mobile bus, a mobile library, a classroom on wheels📚🔬🖥 pic.twitter.com/vQk0NxEu7B
— U.S. Mission Uganda (@usmissionuganda) June 18, 2018