MTN Uganda, through its corporate social responsibility arm, MTN Uganda Foundation, has Thursday this week handed over a newly finished and furnished classroom block to Malongo Ark PEAS High School in Mayuge district.
This will specifically go a long way in enhancing Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope’s Girl child Initiative which he started to keep the girl-child in school.
Last month, MTN donated Shs50M to this cause and on Thursday 18, the MTN Foundation, in a bid to widen access to education in the region, commissioned a three classroom block and a sanitary facility to one of the schools in the hard to reach Malongo village in Mayuge district.
This is part of a Shs1.3Billion partnership between MTN Foundation and PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) a UK based Non-Government Organization.
It is part of the 2nd phase of the project that includes the construction and furnishing of 6 PEAS affiliated schools across Uganda.
The beneficiary schools include; Samling PEAS Nama high school in Mpigi, Onwards & Upwards secondary school in Bujuuko, Wakiso, Apeulai PEAS high school in Amuria, Aspire, Noble PEAS high schools in Ibanda and Malongo Ark PEAS high school.
Malongo Ark PEAS school was started by PEAS a UK based NGO, to absorb the soaring numbers of learners who had no accessible and affordable secondary schools to join upon completing their primary education.
In order to create more space for the ever-increasing number of primary school leavers, PEAS entered a partnership with MTN Uganda Foundation.The partnership saw MTN donate Shs735M for class room construction in 2017, thereby creating 720 additional school places for needy students.
Following that successful partnership, MTN Uganda Foundation entered into a second phase of the partnership that saw the Foundation donate Shs1.3billion to construct and furnish classroom blocks and sanitary facilities in 6 schools under PEAS across the country.
While speaking at the classroom block grand opening ceremony, Mr. Henry Muwagga, the senior Manager, Enterprise Sales, MTN Uganda stressed MTN’s commitment to supporting education in Uganda as an ongoing, long term project.
“Our reason for supporting Malongo Ark PEAS High school with a new classroom block was to create space for more students to be enrolled to the school,” Muwagga said.
The fully furnished three classroom block will create space for 200 students in Malongo Ark PEAS high school. The school started in 2012 with 224 students. Today, the school boosts of over 422 learners.
Speaking at the same event, Norah Asiimwe, the Deputy Country Director PEAS Uganda expressed her gratitude to MTN for showing passion and compassion for needy students by providing them with state-of-the-art infrastructure.
“We are happy to note that with this new classroom block, the school will be able to enroll more learners and also decongest their old classroom. This will improve their learning and performance.”
Owek Nantale Nasabu Otana, the minister of education in Busoga Kingdom thanked MTN for supporting the Kyabazinga’s mission of boosting education in the region.
“We thank MTN for this new classroom block. This is not the first time they are reaching out to us. In the past, MTN set up a fully equipped computer lab which has provided our children with commendable ICT skills,” said Otana.
The MTN Internet bus was as well at the school to provide computer literacy classes to the students of Malongo Ark PEAS High School.
With the MTN’s partnership, up to 200 students in Mayuge district will now have an opportunity to pursue secondary school every year rather than dropping out upon completing their PLE.