How I wish to talk to you about our education system in Uganda. I am grateful for all your efforts to ensure that we acquire the best out of it. But we the future generation have something to say.
There are lots of loopholes that cause me concern. Did the minister of education inform you about the rising issue of denial of access to education taking place in your dear home? This has mostly affected the girl child and no one seems concerned about it. It needs to be addressed before our dear Country goes into a crisis. Today this might not be a problem, but its consequences will affect the future.
Just imagine a home where everyone is educated; girls becoming professors. For this country needs mothers that are well-learned for the development and prosperity of future generations.
Members of parliament must not focus on putting on a show and being a spectacle for the public just for the sake of winning votes. Rather, take action now to stop this social evil. During election campaigns, I always hear: “[we will bring a] change in the system of operations.” How I wish a law would be passed to punish every leader who makes a manifesto full of promises, and fails to deliver. This should be a crime!
Let’s act before the unspeakable happens. DENIAL OF EDUCATION IS A STAIN ON OUR NATION.
By Aisha Mukulu
Education is a Human right that helps to impart more knowledge into people all over the world. It’s so hurting that the largest numbers of Girls are denied education.
The challenges faced by Girls are denial of employment opportunities and inequalities in schools, and even in homes.
Perhaps the fear is that Girl child education can lead to neglect of parents since the Girls become emancipated. But, without Girl child education, the effects are:
- It leads to an increase in the number of illiterates in the country; and
- It leads to poverty.
The solutions to the above challenges are:
- The Government should put strict laws to challenge those who do not want to educate girls;
- Girls and boys should be treated equally and fairly by their Parents; and
- The Government should provide counseling services and free government schools for children from a poor background.
By Aisha Mukulu
I am Aisha by name, born in a family of four children and one of them is boy. We grew up with a single mother who has a roadside business of roasting “gonja” and maize and she has to wake up very early in the morning and purchase them from the market. Since it’s hard for her to earn enough from this business, it’s difficult for me and my sisters and brother to sustain ourselves and cater for our basic needs, for example, clothing, accommodation, food, as well as school fees.
I studied and completed my first and second years of education. I did my first year in High Study Course (H.S.C) but, unfortunately, sat home for a year due to circumstances. I, therefore, had to work with my mother and get involved in the business for us to earn a better living. Many people started doubting me and had things to say about me; that I am a girl and my mother should not continue to let me go to school. I told my mother not to mind what people had to say.
I live in a very unsafe place for young girls because it’s full of sex workers (“Bamalaya”) who influence girls to join them and this, in turn, affects their future.
I got involved with the Rhythm of Life project which has made a great impact on my life. They are contributing towards my school fees and have taught me how to stay healthy and become a good girl leader in the community at large. I am grateful to God that I have completed my last year of High Study Course and I’m looking forward to joining university.
My advice to all young girls is to know that life is a journey and there are challenges along the way. But determination, patience and hard work is key to achieving what you need. Not forgetting that education is also the key to success, followed by respect for parents and elders.