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FAWE needs sh6b to fund needy girls’ university education

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th September 2010 03:00 AM

FORUM for African Women Educationalist Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) has urged the Government to support arts students at University so as to cater for FAWEU beneficiaries.

By Vision reporter

FORUM for African Women Educationalist Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) has urged the Government to support arts students at University so as to cater for FAWEU beneficiaries.

Rose Zizinga, the chairperson of FAWEU, said this while addressing guests at the Faweu breakfast meeting held at Sheraton Hotel recently. She said many beneficiaries of the initiative missed out on government sponsorship at university because they did not take sciences at A’level.

Izizinga said: “It hurts to see the girls rejoicing after attaining good results but are left out to cater for themselves. Since many of them are needy girls who have been sponsored by FAWEU, they end up dropping out of school because they cannot afford the high tuition for private sponsorship.“

The breakfast meeting was meant to solicit funds from corporate leaders in support of the FAWEU higher education scholarship programme to cater for bright needy girls.

The organisation needs about sh6.6bn to sponsor girls for six years.

Izizinga explained that this programme would target former FAWEU beneficiaries who have already completed secondary education but are unable to afford higher education.

FaweU, which was established in 1997, has so far sponsored 4,474 needy students while 709 are still at university but catering for themselves.

Martha Muhweezi, the Faweu national coordinator, said seven girls had been sponsored at higher levels by a Canadian Kenny Family, and another three by Busitema University, leaving many of the other FAWE beneficiaries stranded.

She said a solution to help these girls must be sought because it would be useless to cater for them for six years and then leave them on the streets.

Meanwhile, Simone de Comarmond, the FAWE regional chairperson, has appealed to Fawe leaders to come up with sustainable projects in order to cater for the many needy girls who are dropping out of school.

Muhweezi said 65% of the girls who are out of school worldwide are in Africa.

FAWE needs sh6b to fund needy girls’ university education

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