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Tour operators donate life jackets to pupils

By Titus Kakembo

Added 11th July 2019 02:56 PM

“My mother has always held my hand to say a prayer before I leave home in the morning,” narrated Princess Miracle 7. “This is because at the time the boats would turn upside down and the passengers would die."

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Life jackets have not been a priority for these pupils at Little Angels as they cross the lake from one island to another twice a day. (Photo by Titus Kakembo)

“My mother has always held my hand to say a prayer before I leave home in the morning,” narrated Princess Miracle 7. “This is because at the time the boats would turn upside down and the passengers would die."

More than 400 Little Angels Primary School pupils sang themselves hoarse and danced themselves lame when they heard that the Association of Tour Operators (AUTO) were donating life jackets, plates, learning aids, and a sumptuous lunch on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi.
 
“My mother has always held my hand to say a prayer before I leave home in the morning,” narrated Princess Miracle 7. “This is because at the time the boats would turn upside down and the passengers would die." She would ask God to protect me.”
 
The proprietor of the school, Duncan Musinguzi says the community have come to appreciate the benefits of education but are yet to spend on their children.
 
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“They pay sh10, 000 per term,” revealed Musinguzi. “This is expected to avail the pupils: transport, lunch, books and other required scholastic materials. We ferry them from 29 distant islands in the neighbourhood.”
 
Classes begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm to enable them get back home in time.
 
“It is not easy to sustain the 15 teachers who enable us get three first grades in Primary Leaving Examinations last year,” said Musinguzi. “Good enough with the help of kind hearts the school bought a boat with an engine at sh22m. The challenge is to fuel it daily.”
 
“I challenge the pupils here to join the tourism industry,” said AUTO Chairman Everest Kayondo. “Come on board as tour guides, operators and drivers. Opportunities are waiting for you out there.”
 
 
 
He challenged them to preserve forests, swamps, mammals and primates which are part of the nature-based variety of attractions destination Uganda is endowed with.  
 
“Tourists are ready to pay for your music, dance and drama besides eating the organic crops from your gardens,” said Kayondo. "The things we take for granted are attracting tourists in droves."
 
 

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