Friday February 7 2014

Bunyoro plans to start varsity in October

By Francis Mugerwa

Hoima- Bunyoro plans to start a university this year, kingdom authorities have revealed.

“By October, we shall have finalised all the preparations and be ready to start the first ever kingdom’s university,” Bunyoro’s education minister Harriet Businge said.

She made the revelation while addressing students at the kingdom’s chambers on Wednesday. The group had turned up for applications to obtain scholarships being offered by the kingdom.

The kingdom is offering 300 university scholarships to successful applicants, especially to students hailing from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Ms Businge said the kingdom is hopeful that the central government and local governments in Hoima, Kibaale, Masindi, Buliisa and Kiryandongo districts will support its initiative.

“We have for long prayed that government starts a public university in Bunyoro but our prayers have never been answered. We have decided to start our own with a hope that government will complement our efforts,” Ms Businge said.

She said there are several qualified lecturers from the region who are willing to provide the required expertise to teach and administer the university.

The kingdom argues that the university will provide an opportunity for its people to attain university education, acquire knowledge and skills that can transform the region.

The Omukama of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, has directed his ministers to earmark some of the kingdom structures for the institution.
In a related development, more than 30 girls in Bunyoro region have obtained scholarships from Think Humanity, a humanitarian NGO.

The beneficiaries hail from Kyangwali, Nalweyo and Buhanika sub-counties.
“They were selected on recommendation of local leaders and we assessed them. We discovered that they were unable to attain education due to their humble backgrounds,” the NGO’s director of programmes, Mr Emmanuel Nsabimana, said.

Ms Businge welcomed the offers, saying it would supplement government and kingdom efforts in empowering the girl child.

“Many girls are dropping out of school and getting married at a tender age. All stakeholders need to work together to support the under privileged girls to access quality education,” she said.