One of the fundamental challenges faced by Ugandan communities is the lack of passionate, skilled, peace-makers and community-minded leaders. The breakdown of family strucures due to economic harships and diseases leads to leadership crisis, thus negatively impacting the governance. At Bitone, we acknowledge a need to develop future leaders. To achieve our goal, we engage our students in regular workshops in which values, morals, and principles of leadership are discussed. In fact, many of our children have been voted as school prefects and leaders mobilizers in their respective schools.
ART AND CRAFT
Making and designing art and craft enhances the development of a creative mind – a vital skills needed for young people. In so doing, children explore new ways of doing things, which fosters problem-solving skills. By engaging in art and craft activities, they acquire a sense of self-esteem as arising from their finished products. The process offers them a sense of accomplishment. Art and craft is one of the ways Bitone children learn about their world by exploring textures, materials and in turn develop fine motor skills from manipulating, sorting, arranging objects. Some of the items children create and design include: Beaded necklaces, ear rings, bracelets, and other jewelry art, paper crafts, drawings, and paintings. These beautifully designed art pieces by children are sold to raise funds to support their daily needs.
We are seeking resources (including computers, a printer, a scanner, computer DVD tutorials, and typing software) to open up a Computer Literacy Center which will serve both the Bitone children and the surrounding local community. The computer literacy program will provide opportunities for the kids to learn basic computer applications, facilitate literacy and education research. In doing so, we prepare them for a competitive world in science and technology.
Through direct participation in garden activities, children acquire not only a quire basic garden skills but also learn to appreciate the importance of managing a garden as a food resource. We initially seek to grow vegetables, maize, beans, and fruits. The Bitone garden project is also aimed at supporting our food budget and ensuring a healthy diet