'Voluntourism' Wins Soft Power Education 1st Place in Educating Africa Award

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Soft Power Education (SPE), a British registered UK Charity and Ugandan NGO set up to improve the quality of life through education in Uganda - has been awarded first place in the 2008 'Pan-African Entrepreneurship in Education Awards' out of 250 charities in 29 countries.

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Soft Power Education (SPE), a British registered UK Charity and Ugandan NGO set up to improve the quality of life through education in Uganda - has been awarded first place in the 2008 'Pan-African Entrepreneurship in Education Awards' out of 250 charities in 29 countries.

The awards were run by Teach a Man to Fish (http://www.teachamantofish.org.uk) and in conjunction with Educating Africa (http://www.educatingafrica.com) with a first place prize of $10,000.

SPE has harnessed the ever increasing 'Voluntourism' market by offering a 'One Day Volunteering' programme allowing tourists the opportunity to work at grass roots level. The volunteers assist with the School Rejuvenation Project by painting and helping to build much needed classrooms.

"We average about 1000 day volunteers every year mainly from overland tour adventures with an additional 250 volunteers returning to spend up to three months with us" enthused Hannah Small, Founder of SPE.

"We were very impressed with the unique concept of voluntourism and its impact on children and families in Uganda" remarked Nik Kafka Founder of Teach A Man To Fish.

The $10,000 prize money from the award will assist SPE to provide power at the Amagezi Education Centre for a new community library and to power additional computers to teach children and adults.

To continue with its mission of making a difference in the lives of Ugandan children and their families, Soft Power Education is actively seeking donations and volunteers and for more information visit http://www.softpowereducation.com.

Contact Details:
Sharon Webb
email: sharon @ softpowereducation.com
Tel:+256 774 162541 for further information or digital images

PRWeb Contact:
Sara Waller
email: sara @ sarawaller.com
Tel:+ 350 5400 5538

Background Information:
SPE has made a significant impact on the educational environment through a unique way of assisting Uganda in meeting the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of achieving free primary education for all children.

The Ugandan Government introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE) in 1997 but underestimated the significant increase in enrollment numbers, which the infrastructure of the primary schools failed to accommodate.

SPE runs a Primary School Rejuvenation Programme providing clean, safe and inspiring learning environments for the children in the Jinja and Masindi Districts of Uganda. To date they have worked at 35 Primary Schools and refurbished, built or painted over 350 classrooms as well as providing water tanks and pit latrines. SPE also runs 2 pre schools for 240 orphans; partners with 23 schools to give them the opportunity to learn at a specialised Education Centre (http://www.softpowereducation.com/Projects/AmageziEducationCentre/tabid/56/Default.aspx), built and operated by SPE; coordinates and facilitates community development programmes for adults and children to enhance life skills and is also partnering with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to build another Education Centre in Murchison Falls National Park focusing on conservation education.

People volunteering for Soft Power Education say they are fortunate enough to find themselves in the position of being able to affect a phenomenal improvement in the lives and education of children in Jinja. But they need support. "As they say, there is strength in numbers. We cannot do this alone. We need the help of others," one of Soft Power Education's volunteer said.

To continue with its mission of making a difference in the lives of Ugandan children and their families, Soft Power Education is actively seeking donations and volunteers in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and the rest of the world.

For more information or ways to support this truly unique charity log onto http://www.softpowereducation.com

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