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Here is our new and improved monthly update; curated specifically for you! This update is only sent to a select group of people (72 to be exact!) comprised of our nearest and dearest supporters, staff, and volunteers. We recognize the unique and important roles you all play in supporting AIA and therefore we think it is important you consistently stay informed on the happenings with our budding organization. 

Below are intimate updates of all that happened at The Center during August. Thank you to Rebecca and our team in Uganda for compiling all the content. We hope you enjoy!

With love and gratitude,
Sarah and The Action in Africa Team 
Order! Order! In the court! This month students from Primary Four class (similar to 4th grade in elementary school) transformed our classroom into a courtroom. The students were tasked to solve a case where a teacher was being falsely accused by a parent for not teaching a specific topic to the students. The students took up different court roles such as lawyers, judge, defendants, and victims.  They managed to used verbal skills to articulate their cases! It was so fun and stimulating to watch and see how brilliant our kiddos are! 
The Action in Africa staff hosted another Teacher Mixer with the primary teachers from the schools we partner with. The main focus for this day-long workshop was exploring different types of assessments to evaluate student progress. The teachers had great participation and ideas, and everyone had a wonderful time learning from each other.
We are incredibly proud of our University scholarship students as they've started school and have already been shining stars. For example, Joan Ndagire was elected as an assistant to the student representative for her graduating class. We are so proud to see our female scholarship recipients taking leadership positions at their university! Meanwhile, Courage Mugisha is at medical school and within his first week, he saw a cadaver! Yikes!
At AIA having a fully packed center is always a good sign! Schools finished their term two classes, so students in the community spent their holiday break with Action in Africa at The Center. With holiday programming in full swing, we saw an attendance of almost 700 students participating! The Center was so full we put up tarps as tents for outdoor classes as the inside rooms were filled to capacity and students couldn't all fit! We stayed flexible, positive, and grateful for every single person who walked through the gates. One of the favorite holiday activities was the students learning about special effects in movies and the roles of directors and camera people behind the scenes in the film industry. They even got to experiment with zombie make-up tutorials!  
This holiday break we also partnered with Yiya to work with our secondary students. Yiya uses engineering to make secondary education more engaging, practical, and relevant to students’ lives. The program they taught was called Pedal Power, which teaches students to use electrical engineering to design and build bicycle-powered phone chargers! The students loved the program and we hope to continue working with Yiya in the future!  
Adult Education
Jenna and Juliana worked hard all August to come up with new creative teaching strategies for the Adult students and brainstormed ways Juliana can have more support. Juliana had decided to take an online course with The British Council to learn more about Lesson Planning Strategies and we are excited to support her and watch her grow as an educator. 
Women to Women
August was an empowering month for our Women to Women group as Mildred Apenyo, founder of Fit Clique Africa came and shared her Women's Utopia camp on self-defense, African yoga, art therapy, and women's empowerment. And as always our Women to Women loved their yoga time with Sharifah.
This month our secondary students had an important discussion on social media etiquette, privacy, and the consequences of oversharing. It was a lighthearted conversation, filled with lots of laughs, but overall the students had a lot of good points and judgments about proper etiquette. 
We had so many amazing superstars this month! Rebecca (pictured right) flawlessly coordinated the facilitators and teachers for the Holiday Program, Rose and Aisha totally owned the bag check station for over 400 backpacks, and Shadia handled all the Primary School Registrations with efficiency and care.
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