By Ronald Kabanza
The Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese Rt. Rev. Benon Magezi has decried high number of children who are not attending school just because their parents or guardians canâ€™t afford the basic requirements.
Bishop Magezi made the remarks while presiding over the newly introduced educational Program, The Turyamuhweza Foundation â€“ YORORA Ministries Education Program whose objective is to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged children are supported to remain in school.
Bishop Magezi noted that the research reports commissioned by the church have established that one out of every 5 children in Rukungiri District are not attending classes and this translates to 7000 children altogether which is worrying number.
The Bishop hailed Rujumbura County MP Hon Fred Tumuheirwe Turyamuhweza who has partnered up with YORORA Ministries to support the children in Rukungiri District the move he said will go a long way in making the children useful Ugandans.
â€œAs the Diocese of North Kigezi, we are working hard to revive the glory of the church by ensuring that children go to school and reach at a level where they can get life skills to help them become self reliant in future, so we welcome everyone who comes on board to support us in the education sectorâ€ He said.
Bishop Magezi said that he was happy that the main objective of the Turyamuhweza Foundation â€“ YORORA Ministries Education Program is to support basic education and skills development which is a great catalyst for positive change in both local and national Outlook and it will be a good gesture when extended to higher Institutions of learning.
According to the Executive Director of YORORA Ministries Rev Eng Emmanuel Mwesigwa, 125 children in Rujumbura County have been identified through a careful selection to start benefiting from their support.
Rev Mwesigwa explained that their organisation pays school fees for the children and also provides basic needs for the selected children who remain studying in their respective schools.
He also pledged that although the organisation intends to support the children through primary education, the guardian should not relent in supporting them to attain higher standards of education.
Education is in fact the key that unlocks doors through which Uganda can enter into middle income in the first world status.
Counties that have developed have taken education as a serious issue and this has lifted such counties from bagging status to lending status.
If Uganda is to join the ranks of the most developed counties like England, America and others, the government must get our countryâ€™s national priorities right Instead of wasting scarce public resources on the regime survival and double education investment
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