Ruhinda North Member of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa last weekend launched a fund to support four government aided secondary schools in his constituency.
The project dubbed Ruhinda North Education Development Fund was launched on Friday in Kiyanga sub county by First Lady, Janet Museveni who is also the Minister of Education and Sports.
Energized by fellow Members of Parliament, corporate organizations, Makerere University Council members and wealthy business associates, the youthful legislator said individual initiatives like that can bring significant impact on society.
“I came from this area, went through the schools in Ruhinda and proud to say that I have achieved something in life. I don’t want to see everything being left in the hand of government; individual input can achieve great impact,” said Tayebwa.
The heavy downpour did not stop event from realizing over a hundred million with Shs 86m coming from Tayebwa alone.
Other contributions came from entities including Makerere University (Shs 10m), National Water and Sewerage Corporation contributed (10m), Energy Ministry (Shs 3m), Uganda Electricity Distribution Limited (Shs 10m) among others.
Businessman King Ceasor gave Shs 40m to the project which will cater for four secondary schools.
MPs including Herbert Ariko, Nathan Itungo, Guma Gumisiriza, Prossy Akampulira, Minister Ephraim Kamuntu and others contributed between Shs 1m to 3m each.
Tayebwa said at the event that the schools still lack critical facilities like libraries, laboratories.
“The schools don’t have science laboratories, libraries, classrooms and others which have negatively affected performance of students. I decided to reach out to friends to address what we can afford,” said Tayebwa.
The First Lady acknowledged the challenges affecting government schools and appealed to citizens to pay tax for government to realize funds to support education sector.