Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Rubango Primary School gets good facilities

Rubango Primary School is located in Katooke Sub County, Kyenjojo District. The school holds a total number of over one hundred and fifty pupils with only six teachers. The school had only one toilet that was constructed by parents which was in a sorry state and being used by both teachers and pupils. There was also a problem of water access, as the school used a nearby swampy well. Rural monitors intervened to save the situation by using ICT tools like radios and phones to raise the issue to the concerned leaders. 

“Rubango Primary School was in a sorry state. We went on radio and talked about the issue several times appealing to different local leaders both at the district and sub county levels to intervene. We also used other plat forms like face book to post the pictures of the dilapidated structures. As I talk, two toilets have been built at the school, and also water has been connected. However, we are still going ahead to see that the school gets new buildings, because the existing ones are in a poor condition and not enough”, said Muzoora Godwin, the Chairperson Of Katooke People’s Forum in Katooke Sub County, Kyenjojo District.
ToroDev's M&E Officer Shilla Amanya at Katooke market
Rural monitors have also gone ahead to advocate for better services in Katooke town council most especially the market. “Katooke market attracts many local citizens from areas of Katooke Town Council, Kyarusozi, Muhoro, Mabira, and Bufunjo and among other Sub Counties. However, the market is in a poor state with poor market stalls and a muddy compound. The market also has a health problem with a two stance latrine that was constructed in June 2014, and is being shared by market vendors and the town council. ”, said Mujunju Francis, the Secretary of Katooke People’s Forum.

ToroDev's Shilla at the 2 stance latrine in Katooke T/C
Meanwhile, the rural monitors are also lobbing for better roads in their sub county. “Our roads are all poor apart from Myeri Road that was previously worked on. Roads like Nyakisi – Kisojo, Kafunda, Kinogero – Hamuzigiti, Nyamwandara – Kisangwa, Nyakisi – Rubango, Irara – Ikoba – Munjeru, Munjeru – Kabatooro are all poor with a lot of pot holes.  This is affecting the local people’s transport most especially farmers who are facing a hindrance of accessing markets. We have approached our local leaders and they are promising to work on some of the roads”, said Mugisa Innocent, a member of Katooke People's Forum.
The advocacy forums are supported by SIDA/CIPESA on a project aimed at using appropriate ICT tools to promote democratic engagement in the Rwenzori Region, Western Uganda.

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