By Jolly Gwari
The Uganda Table tennis club Slum Ping Pong (SPP) has officially started the SPP project which involves using the Table Tennis sport to get slum children into school as they enjoy playing the sport. In this way, they believe that maybe education alone is not appealing to them but in combination with sport, they can be kept in school and they study.
Using the SPP project, which is funded by International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to a tune of 30,500 Euros plus 8,540 Euros from other sponsors, Uganda Table Tennis has kept 20 children in school and 6 coaches on the payroll for up to 3 years.
The funds sent in 3 installments each year cover school fees and meals for these 20 children for the entire period of 3 years. The project supports children in 4 different schools within Kampala with one of them being a school for the disabled. SPP with its headquarters at Railways Primary School, Nsambya, received the first installment last month and the project is ongoing.
Robert Jjagwe, Uganda Table –Tennis Association (UTTA) president talking to pepper sport said they are happy to partner with Slum Ping Pong (SPP) and this will help them to eradicate youth idleness and the dangers that come with it.
“This is one of the many coming examples of how the Table Tennis sport of Uganda will help contribute to the commercialization of Ugandan Sports while resolving social challenges, In this case, the dangers of life in the Slums of Kampala also glad to join the Ugandan government in providing jobs to our people” said Jjagwe. The SPP project is added onto ongoing Hoima Network of Child Rights Clubs (HONECRIC) Project that has been running in Hoima since 2012 to date with ITTF support to this project with about 40,000 US Dollars to date.
Meanwhile, HONECRIC’s main focus is to use the Table Tennis sport to enable Children with disabilities to have better rights and integration in society, it runs in 6 schools in Western Uganda town of Hoima and this year it expanded to a total of 12 schools with additional funding from ITTF.