Bweranyangi Girls’ recall a journey of 100 years
Posted Sunday, October 7 2012 at 23:00
Ministry of Defense PS Rossette Byengoma, an old girl, says the institution was managed on strict religious principles. “There were evening prayers which almost every one was expected to attend. There would be singing and praising,” she says.
Like any community, there were stubborn characters in the school. One of such student was women rights activist Miria Matembe. She was naughty which earned her endless reprimands.
“While at Bweranyangi I was very naughty and stubborn. I used to disturb teachers and had several warnings from the headmistress then, Ms Joan Hall. I remember I used to go under desks and start making fun during prep time,” she says.
Ms Mary Kamuli, a legal officer with Uganda Revenue Authority while in senior one in 1993 got a harsh punishment she has never forgotten. “For some reasons I cant recollect I got a punishment and it was to mug (lift) manure from the manure pit behind the dining hall to the banana plantation. The composition of this manure was mainly uneaten bean and posho, Gosh that stuff stinks, to this day I can recall the smell,” she says.
“When I finished carrying the basins I had been ordered to deliver I went to shower, little did I know that we had to report to the farm manager to be cleared. This was on the last day of the school, the next morning I could not get my report because, apparently, I had not done the punishment.”
The St Kaggwa attack
A horrible incident occurred in 1988 when boys from St. Kagwa High School attacked Bweranyangi and beat the girls. The invasion was triggered by an abusive letter to the school written by one of the girls.
The vision of the school is “To produce God-fearing girls of high integrity who will impact positive change in society.” The mission statement is “Molding the girl child into a lady through quality education” while the school Motto is “Sow to Reap.”
Information Minister Karoro Okurut an old girl says the strong Christian foundation makes a Bweranyangi girl to live for a cause greater than herself, and is calm and recollected.
“A Bweranyangi old girl always stands out from the crowd. An average Bweranyangi girls is well groomed, calm and recollected with a commanding presence, courteous and respectable at first glance,” she says.
The First Lady Ms Janet Museveni who was at the school in the 1950s says that as a result of the religious principles Bweranyangi has produced a great number of useful women since its inception.
“…we are called upon to sustain the values and principles that have made the school the paragon of virtue that it is. It is not easy to do so in this age of communication which has made the world a global village, but is absolutely vital to hold on to our values, if we are to retain our identity,” Ms Museveni says.