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Schools told to start EAC clubs

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th July 2015 04:47 PM

Schools in Uganda have been advised to start forming East African Community (EAC) clubs for strengthened integration of youths into EAC affairs.

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Schools in Uganda have been advised to start forming East African Community (EAC) clubs for strengthened integration of youths into EAC affairs.

By Oyet Okwera

Schools in Uganda have been advised to start forming East African Community (EAC) clubs for strengthened integration of youths into EAC affairs.

The schools were advised that cultural diversity encourages skills development for more business opportunities.

This was disclosed by Salvatore Amutende, principal education officer at the ministry of EAC during a recent function at Luyanzi College to celebrate 5 years of excellence.

Amutende noted that encouraging more youths into EAC affairs will facilitate knowledge sharing which can enhance skills development for more business opportunities.

"I advise all schools to form EAC clubs and start activities like writing stories, ICT innovations among other activities where students within member countries acquire practical skills for increased opportunities," said Amutende.

He believes that with the current free mobility across member countries, youths should interact freely and learn skills across borders of member countries.
 
However, Amutende said this free interaction is not possible if schools do not facilitate integration of youths into EAC affairs by forming clubs.

He advised the EAC youths to focus on developing domains including; economy (business), ICT, technology and the environment. Youths were also encouraged to harness technology and the environment using solar energy and access to clean water.
 
Wang Lihong, the school's principal, welcomed the idea of forming EAC clubs observing that it will expose students to the EAC integration affairs. Lihong believes that unity is the way to go in encouraging acquisition of skills among students.

"We will definitely form the EAC clubs here at Luyanzi College because I have no doubt this will facilitate cultural diversity. I will work with teachers to ensure that the club start immediately," said Lihong
 
Last year, representatives of young people within EAC asked for maintenance of the ultimate full regional integration within member states. The young people decided on resolutions concerning economic activities, unemployment, and conflict resolution among others.

Joab Tumwebarize, director at Trinity College Kabaale believes that business skills enhancement and innovation should begin at school.

"Let us all begin teaching these youths at school and equip them with business skills so that by the time they accomplish school, they can start up own projects," said Tumwebarize

 

Schools told to start EAC clubs

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