Under their umbrella body, Association of Secondary School Headteachers of Uganda (ASSHU), the educationists have applauded the Kyabazinga of Busoga, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope,IV for introducing Ekigangu kya Busoga on the Kingdom’s annual activity calendar.
In his speech at the recent training of Senior Women and Senior Men Teachers held at Victoria High School, the Vice Chairperson of ASSHU for Iganga District, Hajj Asuman Mpaata at his office recently, he observed the impact of the activity on the young people.
Hajj Mpaata also head teacher of Iganga Parents asserts that its important for Busoga’s cultural norms and values to be preserved starting with the youth.
“Its public knowledge that schools offer formal education which is a preserve for only those in school however, informal learning is equally important in our current setting.Therefore,the introduction of Ekigangu kya Busoga by the Kyabazinga to nurture the youth culturally as per our norms and values is very timely”, Mpaata said adding that traditionally, proper upbringing of children was domestically done at home which is no longer the case today.
“As people of Busoga, we must ensure that our cultural values are not eroded by the latest technological developments. We must instead cherish our heritage in whatever that we do even when faced with several opportunities to choose from.Our culture should be our first identity”.
On her part, Owek. Dr. Joyce Abaliwano Mulebeke Team Leader Ekigangu kya Busoga and Gender,Women and Children Affairs Minister noted that passing on useful and relevant Kisoga cultural norms and values to the youth in this digitalized era is one of their top priorities.
Dr. Abaliwano has since assured the public about their readiness to receive participants for the 4th youth retreat that kicks off on 7th-15th December at Victoria High School, Iganga under the theme “Using culture to end early marriage and keep girls in school”.
Participation fees is shs 50,000/=. Registration centers are at Busoga Kingdom headquarters, Batambuze grocery and bakery (Jinja), Bunya SS (Mayuge) Victoria High School (Iganga),Hindocha Primary School (Bugiri), Green Fields High School and Victoria High School (Iganga), Kiyunga SS and Nakabale High School (Luuka),Nkutu Memorial SS (Bugweri),Kibaale High School and Kisiki College (Namutumba) and KBS FM (Kamuli).
For details contact 0770805271 and 0753524158.
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