By Kampala Post Reporter
SEMBABULE. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah wants the Ministry of Education and Sports to provide the necessary support to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Education sector, especially those constructing institutions of learning in rural areas.
According to Oulanyah, government does not have enough resources to reach all areas in the country, hence the need for support for NGOs to fill such gaps.
He was speaking after commissioning Bwogero Community Primary School in Sembabule district on Tuesday. The school was constructed with support from an NGO, Building Tomorrow Uganda.
Oulanyah said that if it was not for such an organization, it could have taken government several years to construct a school in Bwogero.
He however raised concern that it is unfortunate the Ministry of Education is hesitant to support the initiatives of NGOs.
“May this act of Building Tomorrow change the attitude of those in the ministry of Education. May they begin to see that this is not a competition, but a complimentary effort and all they must do is to support you,” said Oulanyah.
He was quick to add that despite limited resources, government has registered successes in improving the education sector in the country.
Oulanyah advised parents to take advantage of the availability of education institutions countrywide and ensure their children maximize on such benefits.
“It is only through education that the son and a daughter of a poor person can become a doctor, it is only through education that the son of a local person can become an engineer,” said Oulanyah.
He asked the people of Sembabule to reject situations which promote instability and instead promote peace, if they are to enjoy benefits of developments in the country.
“It is our collective responsibility to protect the peace and stability brought by the NRM government. If anybody comes to Sembabule and says that let us riot, stop that person. Our past has been so bad that we don’t want to ever go back there, let us protect what we have,” said Oulanyah.
The MP for Mawogola South, Hon. Joseph Ssekabiito Kitayimbwa also encouraged parents to embrace education, saying that it is the only weapon that can change the world.
“A man called Malcom said that the password to the future is education,” said Sekabiito.
The Country Representative Building Tomorrow Uganda, Joseph Kaliisa Bagambaki requested the District Education Officer Sembabule to provide the necessary supervision to schools for sustainability.
“We do not have enough resources, but if schools are given the right supervision, they will be able to provide the right education to children,” said Kaliisa.
Bwogero Community Primary School is a government seed school which was started in 2014 with children studying mostly under trees.