Monitor scholarship scheme marks 4 years of achievement
Posted Friday, October 18 2013 at 01:00
Making a difference. Started in 2010 as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility, the programme has assisted many needy students, with the pioneers sitting UCE exams this year.
Societies that are not educated cannot move forward, goes a famous adage. And in an effort to groom citizens that can bring change to the nation, Monitor Publications Limited (MPL) rolled out a scheme, Monitor Bus to Excellence, four years ago. This was aimed at helping the gifted but needy students from each region of the country.
The Monitor Bus of Excellence Scholarship, which is one of MPL’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility projects, was rolled out in 2010 and is currently paying school fees for 96 students. Ms Jackie Tuhakanizibwa, the Monitor corporate social responsibility manager, says in helping such students, the company hopes to nurture citizens who will contribute to leadership and nation building.
The students on the programme also benefit from the full scale mentorship programme that brings together students from across the East African region.
Going an extra mile
“With the current education system, there is need to go an extra mile in imparting real life skills to our children outside work,” she says. As part of the project, every year, the company organises a leadership and mentorship workshop for the students. Ms Tuhakanizibwa also appreciates the school authorities and parents who have been very supportive.
She adds that the beneficiaries are mentored, offered guidance and counselling by a team of professionals. The mentorship programme has benefitted many students who have since taken up leadership positions in their respective schools after undergoing training in Nairobi.
Amon Asindu, a student leader at St Mary’s College Kisubi, attests to gaining leadership skills during the leadership training, saying it has built his confidence and enabled him to become a prefect at school.
Other students such as Catherine Namara Misango, a senior three student at St Mary’s Namagunga, says she has been able to share what she learnt during the training with her fellow students. As a junior social gracer, she is charged with handling behaviour of students as regards discipline and conduct. Ms Tuhakanizibwa adds that this year, they are proud to have the pioneers of the group sitting for Uganda Certificate of Examinations.
Mr Alex Asiimwe, the Managing Director MPL, says when one thinks of development, education plays a big role because it is paramount for a nation to move forward.
More support to come
“An enlightened populace is an engine for growth and development,” he says. Mr Asiimwe says the investment by Monitor is just a tip of the iceberg, promising to embark on more such ventures that serve to benefit the society.
Aside from the mentorship training, Mr Asiimwe says the scheme gives the students a sense of comfort at school since they do not have to worry about school fees and other basics which allow them to focus on the main reason they are at school. He adds that they train them in leadership development to create a wholesome citizen. Many of the students are in leadership positions in school which, he says, gives them a sense of confidence because they “know they have our full backing”.
Mr Asiimwe also calls upon other corporate bodies to partner with them to provide quality education. “UPE was a good project but there is a question of quality. If we all come together, we can make a difference by supporting the talented students,” he says.
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