FEMRITE Spreads The Reading and Writing Gospel in Uganda
FEMRITE continues to live up to its name and like a wildfire, is starting up a literary revolution in the country. With the support of the National Book Trust of Uganda, FEMRITE is using the culture of Reading Tents to instill the value of literature and reading, amongst children and students in various parts of the country.

CHILDREN'S READING TENTS IN KABALE, ISINGIRO, BUSIA AND MAWOKOTA
From 2007 to-date, FEMRITE has held reading tents in Kabale, Isingiro Busia and Mawokota. Reading Tents are purposely meant to make reading a habit amongst children, in the hope of cultivating a lifetime habit of reading amongst Ugandans.
The Reading Tent held in Kabale was hosted by Kacerere Primary school and it was facilitated by Rose Rwakasisi, Hilda Twongyeirwe and Carol Natukunda. The Reading Tent held in Isingiro was facilitated by Rose Rwakasisi, Apoohia Agiresasi and Jennifer Akech. The Reading Tents in Busia and Mawokota were facilitated by Lillian Tindyebwa and Jennifer Oketch. During these visits, FEMRITE discovered that rural schools are often ignored in the promotion of reading and Ugandan literature. there is less accessibility to books as compared to urban schools and thus negatively affecting the general academic performance of learners.

During these interactions, the pupils and teachers appreciate FEMRITE's efforts in inculcating a reading culture and are now convinced that reading is beneficial for their future and livelihood.

In earlier years, FEMRITE visited Jinja, Mbarara and Bushenyi Districts and spread the writing and reading gospel.

In 2002, FEMRITE visited several secondary schools in Western Ugandan districts namely Mbarara and Bushenyi. The schools were amongst others, Ntare Boys, Mary Hill High School, Kyeizooba Girls, Bweranyangi Girls. A few FEMRITE members including the then Coordinator, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Arac de Nyeko, Beatrice Lamwaka, Hilda Twongyeirwe and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva; teamed up with other literati of the country like playwright and poet Dr. Patrick Mangeni, published poet Joseph Mugasa, published author Laurence Ocen, published author Julius Ocwinyo and a few journalists to create literary impact in secondary schools. In Mbarara, the schools received the team with anticipation and a yearning for something fresh in joom. Many students were hungry for something to refresh their parched souls. While they had been stuffed with academic knowledge to pass their exams, few had embraced the joy of reading for pleasure. FEMRITE encouraged the girls and boys to read as much as they could because reading was an avenue to wealth, to intelligence, confidence and a better future for the nation. Reading instilled world knowledge, taught on all subjects of life and prepared one to face the future with boldness. FEMRITE also distributed its magazines and other reading material to the students and encouraged them to also take up writing as a hobby; especially to the future novelists and poets.
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