Iteso Cultural Union Patners With Schools to Support Needy Students

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Lillian Akiror, 28, a graduate of Education from Makerere University, says the move by the cultural institution will gradually address challenges of school dropout among needy children in the region.

The Iteso Cultural Union has partnered with several schools to support bright needy students, especially girls.



Through the partnership, Iteso Cultural Union negotiates with school proprietors to provide bursaries for bright students who can't afford paying fees.

 
Jonathan Maraka, the spokesperson of Iteso Cultural Union, says the partnership is aimed at promoting bright but needy students. He says much as the cultural union has partnered with some schools such as Halcyon High School in Soroti, Olila High School all in Soroti district, Pal and Lisa S.S Pallisa district among others, they are struggling to bring on board more schools.  


 
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Without specifying how the selection of the beneficiaries is done, Maraka says they will provide ten slot to needy students this academic year. The Union has also signed a memorandum with Kumi University to provide partial scholarships to needy students. 



He says the partial scholarship will cover 25 percent of the tuition, while the students will meet the remaining percentage.

 
 
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Francis Apalu, a resident of Soroti town is excited by the partial scholarship scheme, saying it will help needy students to complete their studies. He calls for transparency in the selection of beneficiaries to ensure that it benefits the intended students.
 
 
Lillian Akiror, 28, a graduate of Education from Makerere University, says the move by the cultural institution will gradually address challenges of school dropout among needy children in the region. She called on youths with lucrative jobs to surrender part of their salaries to finance the education of needy children.




 
So far more than 200 needy children have been able to acquire education through the scheme. Each year, the union selects 10 children with distinctive performance to benefit from the Emorimor education scheme.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.