“Disability is not inability but one has to look beyond to be achiever in life.
By Wilfred Sanya
Blind students of Sir Apollo Kaggwa secondary school in Nazigo sub-county, Mukono district will be able to walk freely without moving in groups to find direction after being aided with 30 white canes .
The school was started by Ernest Kaggwa, the brother to Sir Apollo Kaggwa during the reign of Kabaka Mutesa 1.
It was later taken over by government in the 1980s.Today it has 320 students thirty of whom are blind.
“Disability is not inability but one has to look beyond to be achiever in life. Even if you are vision impaired you can still be useful to society as long as you are focused”, said Standard Chartered bank representative, Harriet Muwonge, during the handover ceremony of 30 white canes, 20 reams of brail paper, a 5000 litre water tank and other scholastic materials on September 20, 2014.
The head teacher Lydia Rwendeire lamented that even in the two new buildings built by government, students find it difficult to move freely because they were designed for normal students.
Rwendeire also said some blind students were abandoned and have never been visited by their relatives since they were brought to school.
She urged parents to support their children with disability like they do with other children.
“Thank God today will be a memorable day to us because we shall no longer move in groups to find directions. In the past it was hard to find direction to classes and accessing water in the dormitory was another issue”, said Norah Nabatanzi one of the students.
Disability is not inability when one is focused