U.S. Ambassador Swears In 42 New Peace Corps Education Volunteers

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi presided over the swearing-in ceremony of forty-two U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers at his residence in Kampala.  This newest group of Peace Corps Volunteer Literacy Specialists brings the total number of Peace Corps Education Volunteers serving in Uganda to eighty-three.  Five of the new volunteers hold doctoral degrees.  In total, there are 166 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in the sectors of community health, agriculture and business development, secondary education, primary education, and teacher training.

This swearing-in ceremony was the culmination of the eleven weeks of training for the forty-two new Peace Corps Volunteers. They received technical school-based training at Shimoni Core PTC and Kira Town Council Primary School and traveled to their volunteer sites in various corners of Uganda.   Volunteers were hosted by Ugandan families for four weeks to learn about local cultures and languages and share their American culture.

“For Americans and our partners around the world, the Peace Corps represents the highest ideals of volunteerism and service.  I am honored to have the privilege of swearing in our new education volunteers today and I thank all of you for your commitment to service and your desire to help make the world a bit better every day,” said the Ambassador during his welcoming remarks.

Peace Corps Education Volunteers serve in primary, secondary, and teacher training schools throughout Uganda.  Through the Peace Corps Uganda Primary Literacy Project, they work hand-in-hand with Ugandan teachers to learn and share teaching methodologies that help tap the potential of one of Uganda’s most precious resources: its children.
For further details, please contact:
Peter Eriki, Information Assistant, U.S. Mission Uganda
Tel: +256 414 306 410 Cell: +256 772 221 412, +256 784 846 334
Email: Erikipp@state.gov