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Many women from the rural villages in Kangulumira, Uganda, never learned how to read or write. They never had the opportunity to attend school past primary level 2. When money was tight, sons were sent to school and daughters worked the fields and were married off as soon as possible.

Annah is one of them. Accessing information about her community, voting, reading to her granddaughter, or writing an e-mail was impossible for Annah. At the age of 70, she decided to join forces with other grandmothers in her community Kirugu to learn how to read and write.

In 2017, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) received generous financial support from the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany to implement a project whose aim is to empower vulnerable women and their families in sub-Saharan Africa by providing them with...