In 2006 Books Open The World (BOTW) received a grant from the Nando Peretti Foundation. The funding is directed at three initiatives:
1) adult literacy classes in Rutoro, Rukiga, and English;
2) tutor programs;
Support was for 2 years of literacy and tutor programs and 4 years for scholarships. The grant from the Nando Peretti Foundation supported the following programs for BOTW:
Literacy classes for women were performed in four villages (in five places) not only during the weekend but also during the week days in the afternoon hours when women are free after working at their fields. Some men were also interested in participating in these activities, and the classes were open for everybody. However, there were many more women (141) than men (17) learning how to write and read in their own language. In contrary, for English classes there were more men (41) than women (25) . This may be explained by the fact that still many more women first need to learn how to write and read in their own language before they can start English classes. In total 224 people participated in weekly literacy classes for two years. This shows that this type of initiative is needed in the area where still many girls drops out of school before they can read and write.
Community members had become concerned with student drop-out rates in primary schools (150-180 pupils in P1 and only 25 remain in P7). Because of the school system, classrooms are overcrowded, there is little time for explanation, limited or no teaching or learning materials, chores at home, and other obstacles, children commonly fall behind.
To address this pressing issue, the Foundation began a tutoring program. The grant allowed tutoring programs for 3 primary schools for 2 years. During school holiday we cooperated with Mituuli primary school (Ruteete) and Kigarama primary school. In Mituuli 6 teachers worked 4 hrs/day, for 3 weeks with P5-P7 classes to help students with learning problems. In Kigarama we had 4 teachers who worked with P6 and P7 during holiday. When the school started the remedial teaching continued before school.
- Ruteete – Mituuli Primary School, 6 teachers help grades P5-P7
- Kigarama – Kigarama Primary School, 4 teachers help grades P6-P7.
- Kanyawara – Kanyawara Primary School
In 2006 , through the Nando Peretti Grant, the Foundation has received enough funds to provide scholarships for secondary education to 14 orphans from extremely poor families, and would otherwise not have the opportunity to continue in school. All girls had finished the Kigarama Talents High School in 2011.
- 11 girls supported with school fees at Kigarama Talents High School