n Mousaion - Reading promotion programmes in primary schools : a study of school library management practices in Pallisa district in Uganda

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



To contribute to the promotion of reading in schools in Uganda, a number of efforts have been undertaken by the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the civil society organisations including the National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU). There has been little progress. This paper reports the findings of a study conducted in Pallisa district regarding school library management practices in the promotion of reading programmes among the primary schools. Through a qualitative case study research design, data was collected from implementers, and participants in the school development programme including teachers, children, head teachers, and teacher librarians in 20 schools selected from the schools that had benefited from the donation of books and training of teacher librarians in 2006 extended by NABOTU. This paper explains the library management practices in Pallisa district, and the participation of the school community / stakeholders in the promotion and management of books and school library resources; and it provides the way forward for developing and promoting reading in schools in Uganda. The paper observes that the current state of libraries in schools is inadequate, and this has limited reading promotion in the schools. This is why a comprehensive government planning and support programme requires a School Library Development (SLD) programme to guide these interventions for stocking school libraries with relevant books and promoting reading practices.

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