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About UCWIA Print

UCWIA’s MISSION

To bring together writers and illustrators of children’s books and encourage them to write and illustrate suitable reading materials with an African touch.

Objectives

  1. Bring together writers and illustrators of children’s books
  2. Develop literature the fosters interracial and democratic deals and practices
  3. Promote the development of indigenous culture through literature
  4. Provide a positive portrayal of the African child in the media

Activities

  1. Write books for children
  2. Organize reading tents
  3. Organize workshops and seminars for the promotion of children literature
  4. Work in partnership with national and international organizations to promote reading culture amongst children
  5. Participate in national and international exhibitions

Sponsorship for UCWIA activities
We sponsor our activities through:

  1. Membership subscription fees
  2. Book sales
  3. Grants from National, regional and international organizations

Partnerships, collaborations and membership

  1. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
  2. Uganda Publishers and Book Sellers Association (UPBA)
  3. The Reading Association of Uganda (RAU) which is an arm Of the International Reading Association (IRA)

Future plans

  1. Recruit more me members
  2. Write more books
  3. Participate in more book exhitions
  4. Widen partnerships both nationally and internationally
  5. Organize more workshops on children literature

Success stories

  1. Holding workshops
    • Writing and Illustration skills workshop for children’s books – May 2007
    • Importance of Book therapy for children workshop - July 2010
  2. UCWIA books selected for the Honor list of IBBY
    • "Greedy Monkey looses a Best Friend" by Ms. Evageline L.Barongo, Illustrated by Mr Jude Kasagga. Honored at the IBBY Congress in Macau, China in 2006
    • "Jonathan goes to school" by Ms.Eva Mutongole Wamala, Illustrated by Mr. Jude Kasagga. Honored at the IBBY Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008
  3. International Participations
    • Members have attended the IBBY Congresses of 2002 in Basel Switzerland, 2004 in Cape town South Africa, 2006 in Macau China, 2008 in Copenhagen Denmark, and in Santiago Spain 2010.
    • Awarded scholarships to attend conferences – IFLA (Botswana) and Africa Section of IRA (Dar es Salaam)
    • Awarded a travel grant to participate In NAMBOOK 010 held in 2010 in Naminara Island of South Korea. The award was as a result of contributing to the book “A Peace Story” which is a collection of children stories about peace in our communities