Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Rural monitor advocates for improved food security to uplift education standards

The secretary General of Bufunjo People’s Forum (BPF), Tibeeha John Bosco has appealed to both the government and local citizens of Kyenjojo District to ensure food security to enable them improve the performance of schools in the district. The forum was initiated with support from ToroDev in 2012 to improve service delivery monitoring and accountability using appropriate ICT tools.

“Each family should plant quick maturing crops that improve food security and youth should be encouraged and sensitised on modern agricultural practices to increase on productivity since they form the biggest percentage of the population to ensure that school children have food to enable them study well.” Said Tibeeha while making a presentation at the education and poverty conference for Kyenjojo District held on 25th October, 2013.

Tibeeha John Bosco
The media and Communications Officer ToroDev (Solomon Akugizibwe) who also attended the conference advocated for improved participation of the local communities and local leaders in monitoring the schools to ensure improved standards in Kyenjojo District.

Tibeeha also advocated for the sensitisation of the masses on the importance of education and enactment of laws by the Kyenjojo District local government to reduce redundancy and idleness especially among young people of school going age.

The education conference which was aimed at improving performance of schools in Kyenjojo District was organised by the Resident District Commissioner of Kyenjojo in partnership with civil society organisations in the district and line government agencies like the department of education in the district.

The key speakers in conference included the District Education Officer for Kyenjojo Ms. Tibakanya Getrude, the Deputy Executive Director RIDE-AFRICA Ms. Erina Kahunde, the former Chief Administrative Officer Kyenjojo Mr. Muhenda Rujumba and former Mwenge North MP, Hon. Tom Butiime.

Mr. Muhenda Rujumba appealed to the local citizens to embrace education to avoid being exploited by other people due to ignorance and also empower them with knowledge to enable them be productive citizens in future, “without education, we are slaves and slaves have no rights. We must deliberately liberate ourselves through education.” Said Rujumba.

The one day conference was attended by over 150 people who included head teachers of secondary and primary schools, local leaders, opinion leaders and civil servants.

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