Pupils of Sseke Primary School in Masaka district have received a new lease on their education after Airtel Uganda fulfilled its pledge to refurbish their school under its “Adopt-A-School” program. The official opening of the refurbished school was presided over by the Vice President of Uganda, His Excellency Edward Ssekandi.
Adopt-A-School is an initiative in which Airtel Uganda; under the guidance of the Ministry of Education and Sports selects or, “adopts” a school, and goes on to improve all of its facilities including classrooms and libraries. This program ensures access to quality education for underprivileged children from disadvantaged communities, in an effort to contribute to the overall development of the country. At present, this program, across Africa and India, has changed the face of education in over 300 schools.
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Mr. Tom Gutjahr urged the both the students and, teaching staff to fully utilize the opportunity presented to them.
“Airtel Uganda believes that quality education the most important tool for social–economic development of Uganda. Education is a vital weapon in the fight against poverty. By adopting a school we are igniting the curiosity of the students and at the same time fueling their learning,” he said.
The Guest of Honor and Vice President of Uganda, His Excellency Edward Ssekandi commended Airtel Uganda supporting Ugandan communities in different rural areas. “I would like to commend Airtel Uganda for partnering with the Ministry of Education and Sports as well as the local community to provide educational opportunities for less privileged children in Uganda,” he said.
“I call upon the students of Sseke Primary School to utilize these facilities well. It is through education that you shall get jobs and improve your livelihoods, your community, and eventually our entire country,” he added.
Sseke Primary School is the fourth school to be adopted by Airtel Uganda and permanently remains a member of the Airtel Uganda family.
Other schools that have been adopted by Airtel Uganda – Ndeeba Church of Uganda Primary School in Kayunga, St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary in Makindye and Nanfugaki Primary school in Jinja- have undergone extensive work to renovate and help improve the conditions of their student body.