By Vision reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has said that despite Uganda and the African continent being endowed with abundant natural resources, the continent is the least developed because of lack of the necessary skills to tap the resources and put them to good use for her people.
"Although something has been done in intellectual awakening of the population, more needs to be done especially in skilling the population to be able generate wealth, multiply it and preserve it for future generations," he said.
The President was speaking during the Ntare school old boys annual re-union during which occasion the school also cerebrated 58 years of her existence. The President is an alumnae of Ntare school and the patron of Ntare School old boys association.
He commended the outstanding contribution of Ntare School in the intellectual nourishment and skilling of Ugandans since 1956 when the school was founded thus laying a strong foundation for future generations by intellectually nourishing them and making a formidable input in the development of Uganda.
During the colourful ceremony, President Museveni commissioned a new dormitory block and laid a foundation stone for the construction of a modern sports complex at the school. He challenged the students to continue from the foundation laid by people of his generation noting that his generation had done their part by providing a peaceful and conducive learning environment and also organized society better than they found it and asked the young people to learn from them.
He appealed to the students not only to concentrate on the intellectual work but also focus on wealth creation and multiplication. He urged teachers to incorporate the fight against household poverty especially through modern agro production in their curriculum and be agents of change.
Museveni commended Ntare School for her reported excellent performance in academics and sports and contributed 100 million shillings towards the construction of the school’s sports complex. He also thanked Rwandan President Paulo Kagame an old boy of the school for always identifying with Ntare School and for the different support he has extended to the school.
In a message delivered for him by the Chief Justice of Rwanda Prof. Sam Rugyegye, Rwandan President Paulo Kagame appreciated the role played by Ntare School in grooming and molding the many Rwandans who came to Ntare for their education.
He noted that it’s the nurturing that most Rwandans got from Ntare School that turned most of them into responsible citizens who have contributed to the development of Rwanda after the country going through a period of total destruction. He contributed 30,000 US dollars towards the construction of the sports complex.
In his report the Head teacher Ntare school Mr. James Turyagyenda, said that the school’s educational standards had improved both in quality and quantity with the school becoming the third best in the country in last year’s national exams.
He commended the President for his visionary leadership that introduced UPE and USE that have seen the children of the poorest of the poor access education. He also commended the government for the prevailing peace in the country that has made teaching and learning easy.
The function was also graced by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi , several cabinet minister as well as several government and civic leaders.