Ruth Nankabirwa, the Kyankwanzi Woman Member of parliament, says that she approached Building Tomorrow Uganda for help after receiving complaints that several villages dont have schools. She asks the community to extend the necessary support to the NGOs to ensure the schools are built as planned.
She says each of the schools will comprise a seven classroom block, a nursery section, head master's office, and staff room, two latrines for teachers and pupils plus compound designing. Namugenyi explains under the partnership the community will offer unskilled Labour and other necessary support, while the district will provide furniture and staff once the construction work is complete.
The new schools will be located in Byerima, Butemba, Kyankwanzi and Bananywa sub counties, where there is limited access to school. Namugenyi disclosed this during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of one of the schools in Kijubya village last week where she represented Joseph Kaliisa Bagambaki, the Country Director, Building Tomorrow Uganda.
Ruth Nankabirwa, the Kyankwanzi Woman Member of parliament, says that she approached Building Tomorrow Uganda for help after receiving complaints that several villages don't have schools. She asks the community to extend the necessary support to the NGOs to ensure the schools are built as planned.
Ibrahim Kabuka, the Kyankwanzi District Education Officer, says currently some of the children trek as far 5 kilometers to access education contrary to the government policy requiring that each parish has a public primary school and Universal Secondary School in each sub county. Currently, more than 12 parishes with 30 villages lack primary schools. While seven sub counties lack a single government aided secondary school.
For instance authorities that more than 500 children in Kijubya parish in Byerima Sub-county aged between 5 and 15 years of age are out of school. Kabuka explained that because of the long distance to school some of the children stay at home and end up in child labor. Peninah Kabonesa, the Byerima Sub-county Chief, says a child from Kijubya village must trek over 6kilometers to the nearby Byerima primary school.
Mande Venansio, the Kijubya parish councilor, said he started a private school in the area to support education but realized that more than 80% of the parents couldn't manage paying school fees. Venansio says he has since given the 3acres piece of land to the community for government to establish for them a public primary school for children in the area to access education.
Robert Kashaija, the Kyankwanzi Resident District Commissioner, says once completed government will immediately code the new schools. Andrew Ntege, the Kyankwanzi LC V, said they are overwhelmed by the support from Building Tomorrow Uganda.