JOY AS CANDIDATES SUPPORTED BY BIDCO, EKIGANGU EXCEL IN PLE
By Joel Mugabi
There is jubilation in several homes in Busoga after candidates supported under the Ekigangu kya Busoga/Bidco Bursary Scheme performed well in the 2020 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) whose results were released by Education Minister Janet Museveni and the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) last week.
Both sponsors and parents are excited after the results made it very clear to them that their children would proceed to secondary schools. Ismail Ntambi, one of the best candidates who scored aggregate 11 at Nankoma Primary School in Bugiri District, attributed his good performance to the availability of money to clear his school dues courtesy of the scholarship.
“As a family, we would encounter challenges in meeting our obligation but with Bidco/Ekigangu paying my school fees, I was able to concentrate. That is what helped to get a first grade. I am very grateful for the support,” said Ntambi, further pleading for more support in secondary school so that he can be able to achieve his dreams.
Others who performed well included: Flavia Martha Nanyanzi with aggregate 12 from Nankoma Primary School, Bruno Azalwa with aggregate 12 from Iganga Boys Boarding Primary School, Jonathan Musasizi (child with disability) with aggregate 14 from Nabirumba Primary School in Kamuli District, Suudi Mukibi with aggregate 16 aggregate from Nabukalu Primary School, and Susan Jackline Nyomera with aggregate 24 from Butumba Primary School, among others.
This is the second year that Bidco is supporting bright but vulnerable children under Ekigangu kya Busoga established by the Kyabazinga of Busoga. Other benefiting students under the Bidco/Ekigangu Bursary Scheme go to Nabirumba Seed School in Kamuli District, Kidera SS in Buyende District, Bunya SS and Mpungwe SS in Mayuge District, Nkutu Memorial SS in Bugweri District, Walibo Seed School in Luuka District, Kiribaki SS in Iganga District, Banda SS, Kifuyo SS, and St Philips Lwangosia, Buswale SS, all in Namayingo District.
Owek Dr Joyce Abaliwano Mulebeke, the Team Leader of Ekigangu kya Busoga, noted that as an entity within the Kingdom, they look forward to increasing the number of children in school with emphasis on bright but vulnerable children and that the girl child will be given more priority.
“Increasing the number of children moreso girls who stay in school, most especially at this difficult time where many girls have fellen prey to teen pregnancy, is our top priority. We continue to deepen our crusade in agitating and supporting the education of the girl child and on behalf of management and Managing Director Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, we are very grateful to Bidco for partnering with us in this noble cause and we look forward to more of the same,” said Mulebeke, who also serves as the Minister for Gender, Women and Children Affairs in Busoga Kingdom.
Bidco’s General Manager noted that as a corporate company, giving back to the community is a priority under their social responsibility provided the support benefits and serves the genuine cause it was asked for.
“As a company, we don’t only aim at profit maximization but we also associate with community causes that are geared towards improving the well-being of the people we serve. When the Kingdom team approached us for support moreover with education, we welcomed the idea. We are pleased that our support impacted on the final performance of the candidates, something which is encouraging,” he said, further committing Bidco’s support for Ekigangu’s pro-people causes since it falls within their core value of their corporate social responsibility. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).