Bishop Rt. Rev. Bishop Onesmus Asiimwe of the North Kigezi Diocese called upon parents and stakeholders to advocate for the education of boys as well as girls if the country is to progress at the same rate.
He made this statement while speaking at a fundraising event at Buyanja Grammar School, which aimed to raise funds for the completion of their unfinished science and computer labs block.
Accompanied by Maama Florence Asiimwe, the Bishop noted that while there has been a focus on girls’ education, it is now crucial to shift efforts towards educating boys. He expressed concern that if boys are left behind, they may face difficulties in the future.
Bishop Asiimwe also encouraged students of Buyanja Grammar School to lead lives centered on faith, avoiding distractions that may divert them from keeping God as their top priority, believing that a strong connection with the Almighty would guide them through life’s challenges.
Dr. James Tweheyo, a commissioner from the President’s office, who served as the guest of honor, emphasized the importance of students avoiding drug abuse. He stressed that prevention should start in schools, with student leaders and teachers playing a vital role in raising awareness and promoting a culture of abstaining from drug abuse.
Dr. Tweheyo attributed the rising incidence of mental illness among adolescents to drug abuse and called on parents to take responsibility for their children.
Mr. Sabiiti Eric Banard, the director of Buyanja Grammar School, expressed gratitude towards the school’s alumni for their significant contributions towards celebrating the school’s silver jubilee and raising funds for the completion of their building. He thanked parents, friends, and well-wishers who supported the fundraising efforts, emphasizing the importance of using the collected funds wisely.
Anthony Nshoborokigwe, the chairperson of the school’s alumni association and the speaker of Buyanja Town Council, also expressed his appreciation for everyone who contributed to the fundraising.
A total of 182,300,000 million Ugandan Shillings in cash and pledges, along with 87 sacks of cement, were collected.