Project information

“The Page Forward” Project

APP is developing a model library designed to assist the inmates participating our Functional Adult Literacy programme. The project will introduce knowledge to combat illiteracy of prisoners, which will result in genuine rehabilitation within the prison environment.

January 2014 - January 2015

Charity information: AFRICAN PRISONS PROJECT

  • Need


    Uganda is ranked 143/177 in the Human Development Index, with 1/3 of its adult population unable to read and write with understanding. Access to education is poor; many prisons have no library facilities or books. The illiteracy rate in Ugandan prisons is at 90 % in rural prison. Improving education is essential to help combat poverty, improve economic prospects, and improve health. There are also children in the prisons & babies are born into prisons with no access to education.


    Our project employs both formal and informal adult learning methods with the aid of music, dance, drama and art to help inmates become self-sufficient. Having a library that supports our FAL curriculum which focuses on health, legal and life skills training, will allow APP to meet the demand for prison infrastructure at a low cost, and it will provide access to books and education to inmates, prison staff and their families, when they would otherwise have access to none.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the learning culture of prisons inmates


    » Initiate a full FAL programme
    » Teach FAL Learners based on three topic areas of Health, Legal and Life skills
    » Incorporate Music Dance and Drama

    What success will look like

    • 50% of illiterate prisoners enrol for the FAL programme
    • 80% of enrolled inmates qualify for next level of education

    Aim 2

    To increase access to and utilisation of information/education programmes


    » Refurbish 2 prison libraries
    » Select and stock libraries with relevant information
    » Introduce exciting with activities like book clubs, debates , creative writing

    What success will look like

    90% of the prison population access to books and information materials

  • Impact


    Our project aims to alter the learning culture of prisoners, inciting them to have access to legal-related, health-related information as well as vocational training. In the long run this rehabilitation within the prison setting will result to greater societal unity, positive transformation of individuals and subsequent reduction of crime.


    The possibility that prisoners may not often visit the library. However, our statistics of recent progress in regard are impressive. APP has dealt with that by firstly, having developed a detailed, consistent program of supervision and contact with the inmates aimed to organization and discipline, but also, at the same time, allowing the inmates to have an utterly free choice of the books, resulting to a feeling of control from their part, and not one of enforcement


    Donors will be contacted via email, once every three months, by a detailed report addressing the progress of each inmate individually, the individual choice of books made overall, the initial challenges faced, and the way they were overcome.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Project Administration 12 months salary for FAL trainer, Library Trainer, M&E)
      £4,000 Library Refurbishment (2) fully refurbished library with shelves, furniture
      £1,000 Programme Supplies Stationary for FAL programme
      £3,000 Training Costs transport, Library Assistant and FAL trainees costs
      £1,500 Books Fully stocked library
      £1,500 M&E Monitoring
  • Background


    The project will be implemented in Northern Uganda in APac and Oyam districts. The area is still recovering from 20 years of wars from the Lord Resistance Army with over 90% of the population have been displaced in camps.


    • 340 prisoners (men and women) will be the primary beneficiaries
    • Prison staff
    • Families of the prison staffs

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    APP has extensive experience of implementing educational projects in prisons since 2007. In particular, APP has experience of establishing and refurbishing prison libraries, most recently refurbished a library at Gulu Central Prison that will support the education programmes within five prisons. APP has been invited by the Uganda Prisons Service to develop a model Functional Adult Literacy Curriculum to be rolled out in Ugandan prisons.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    BookAid International

    APP work in partnership with BookAid International (BAI). BAI provide APP with regular shipments of books which will supply the containers.

    Miss Glorias Asiimwe

    Glorias Asiimwe is the Head of Education for APP, she has much experience of education in prison & initiated the library collection development policy

    Ugandan Prisons Service (UPS)

    The UPS will play a pivotal role in the success of this project, allowing us to access the inmates and staff on a regular basis to provide education.

Donor talking about why she supports APP

Being in the library makes me feel for once that am not in jail because I can move around freely, read a book and work on a computer

Kilama, Inmate, Kampala Remand, Attendee of APP Book Club