Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Humanities - Make a Difference: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Humanities - Make a Difference: Resources

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Unicef Day for Change is raising money for children in Uganda.

With its rolling savannahs and picturesque mountains, Karamoja is a beautiful - if troubled - sub-region of northeast Uganda. But its relative isolation and small population have meant deprivation for many children, particularly girls, who seldom go to school and traditionally get married at 18.

Unicef has been working with British schools on its annual Day for Change for more than 20 years. And this year's campaign, which launches today, will fund Unicef's Sport for Development programmes in Uganda to engage vulnerable children, build their confidence and skills and give them a sense of teamwork.

The charity has worked with the Sports for Life in Karamoja (SLIK) project since 2007 and has already succeeded in giving many young people a much brighter future. For Catherine, 16, from a remote village in Karamoja, it has meant an entirely new life. She began running to fetch water as a child with her sisters; now athletics and Unicef have given her a different future.

"My father thought it was important for me to go to school, even though I was a girl," Catherine says. But it was when Catherine was 11, and won a 5,000-metre athletics race, that her life began to change. …

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