The Speaker, Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has met Forum for African Women Educationalists – Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) officials to discuss how to continue partnering with women parliamentarians to promote girls’ education in Uganda.
The meeting took place on Thursday 16th August at Parliament House.During the meeting, the FAWEU Chairperson, Mrs Rose Izizinga, outlined the milestones achieved so far by FAWEU in promoting girls’ education noting that a total of 4564 girls have been supported through secondary school education under the sponsorship of FAWEU.
FAWEA have supported the sponsorships with support from its partners, namely: The American Ambassadors Scholarship Program – USAID; Irish Aid (specifically for Karamoja region); African Development Bank through Ministry of Education and Sports; and several other corporate and individual partners.
She, however, noted that a gap still exists in the transition from secondary education to higher education. This challenge is typified by issues such as the high cost of tertiary education, high competitiveness for government sponsored programs, and government preference for science related courses, among others.
In 2009,FAWEU launched the Higher Education Scholarship Programme and as a result, over the last three years, twenty six (26) girls in total have been supported by proceeds from various fundraising initiatives and from corporates such as MTN, Bank of Uganda, DFCU Bank, Crown Beverages, Stanbic Bank, Multiple Industries and Busitema University; and by individuals such as the Kenny Family Foundation. Out of the 26 girls, eight (8) have completed university; and 18 are yet to complete.
The FAWEU officials further briefed the Rt Hon. Speaker about the forthcoming Girls’ Education Week scheduled to take place from 17th to 21st September 2012, where among others FAWE Africa region will celebrate 20 years of its existence while FAWEU will celebrate 15 years since it was launched.
The activities during the week include: Girls Education conferences to be held in Western Uganda in Kyenjojo District, for FAWEU partner schools in the Western region; and the National Girls Conference to be held at Mengo Senior School, where FAWEU partner schools from Eastern, Northern and Central regions will converge.
The Speaker pledged her continued support to FAWEU and encouraged FAWEU to seek long-term support from some of the household corporates to support their sustainability strategy.
The meeting that was attended by the Chairperson FAWEU, Ms Rosemary Izizinga and other FAWEU Board members, Ms Petua Isabirye and Ms Esther Mwambu, as well as the FAWEU Executive Director, Ms Christine Semambo Sempebwa, Ms Christine Karungi, Senior Programme Officer and Mr Malcolm Twinomukunzi, Programme Officer.