Shs90m collected in Koboko school fundraising drive

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By Andrew Cohen Amvesi          June 27, 2022

KOBOKO. A total of Shs90 million was on Sunday collected in cash during a fundraising drive at Nyarilo primary school ground in Koboko Municipality.

The function was organized with the aim of raising funds for the construction of a classroom block, a girls’ dormitory and a mosque at Koboko Darul Tahafizul Quran Islamic school.

The school which was started in 2015 specializes in Quran memorization. It has a population of over 50 learners, mainly boys aged between 7-15 years. The school has a plan of introducing a girl-child program to increase the enrollment, a reason the fundraising drive was held.

Several dignitaries including a Minister, Members of Parliament (MPs), Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Educationists turned up to support the noble cause.

The function was presided over by Hajjat Medina Naham, the NRM Director of Finance and Administration who represented the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Thomas Tayebwa. The two government officials contributed Shs10m each to support the project.

Other dignitaries who extended their support are; Peter Ogwang, the state minister for Economic Monitoring, Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister for General Duties, Hudah Oleru, the State Minister of Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, several MPs led by Jackson Atima Lee Buti, the Regional Government Whip for West Nile, Muni University staff, Businessmen; Hamis Kiggundu and Hassan Basajjabalaba who gave Shs5m cash and promised to extend another contribution of Shs20m in three-week’s time.

Flanked by her hubby, Dr. Twaha Ayub, Medina managed to raise Shs40,540,000 and USD1000 in total from friends and her family.

During the function, Medina commended all the people who have supported the initiative which she said is geared towards supporting the girl-child.

“Religion plays a very great role in guiding children generally, not only Moslems but even Christians. I have Christian friends who also talk about the role of religion in upbringing children. So, Islam is very emphatic on the girl-child being guided with the right discipline and even the boy child. So, coming up with a school that is going to preach and bring children closer to God, in one way or the other, is a way of making sure our children are within the recommended practices of the society,” Medina said.

“I am sure that through educating children, we shall be able to come up with an upright society and religion is the way to go. Islam preaches knowledge and education for the girl-child which any of us who is a human being need to embrace and we encourage all our girls to embrace this school and learn to be in school as opposed to early marriage,” Medina advised.

Similarly, Dr. Charles Ayume, the Koboko Municipality MP said most of the girls in Koboko are dropping out of school because of early marriages.

“We want to get married at the age of 15, 16 years old. When I go to the hospital as Dr. Ayume and I check the records, I see girls giving birth at 15, 16 and 17 years old and in Parliament, they are always mentioning Koboko. So, I am very happy that I have come to make a contribution to the education of the girl child because once we have women who are educated, girls who are educated, then we have a stable home, stable marriages and a stable society,” Ayume said.

The area MP pledged to continue supporting the girl child in education.

The colorful event was also graced by various Moslem communities from different parts of Northern Uganda, who later walked away with various prices including a brand-new motorcycle, mattresses, smart phones and cushions among other things after competitive contributions they made.

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