Student Spotlight: Dixon’s Contribution to Ugandan Education

We love to hear about the impact that ABF alums are having around the world.  In Kampala, Uganda, Dixon Ampumuza has put his passion for education to good use in his position as Advocacy Manager for Media in Education at the country’s leading daily newspaper, New Vision.

Dixon in the classroom with his team  (2nd from right)

Dixon and his team recently received a silver award from the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) for developing a feature series that teachers primary students important lessons about clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Dixon’s Newspapers in Education program has reached 400 schools nationwide and helped  train 834 teachers  to use the feature series in their teaching! Partner organizations that leant their support to the project include WaterAid Uganda, Save the Children, Bwindi Community Hospital, the National Drug Authority and United Bank for Africa supported the program.

This year, New Vision was the only newspaper in Africa to receive the World Young Readers Award from the World Association of Newspapers, and this is the first time that the media house has received an award from the international newspaper organization since 1986.

With help from The Albert Baker Fund, Dixon earned his Master’s Degree in Education Planning and Management from Ndejje University in 2012, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Makrere University in 2010.

He recently wrote to us, “I am really entirely thankful for the whole ABF team in Africa and the team in USA for the opportunity that has enabled me to give back to communities through innovative projects  that have a heart …a principle I learned from Christian Science and ABF.”

Thank you to our Africa Programs Manager, Lamech Katamba, for sharing Dixon’s good news with us!