According to the Emmanuel Muwanvu, the headteacher, the new classrooms will create 720 additional places for needy students.
Kyambadde and Mutekanga commission the block. Photo by Andrew Masinde
It was all joy on Friday as residents of Mawokota in Mpigi district witnessed the commissioning of a classroom block at PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) Samling Nama High School.
PEAS is a UK-based NGO, that was started to absorb soaring numbers of learners into secondary schools.
With operations in Uganda and Zambia, PEAS operates with the aim of improving and increasing access to better education services in hard-to-reach communities. In Uganda, PEAS runs 28 schools, serving close to 15,000 learners, 52% of whom are girls.
However, the soaring numbers of students always create a need for more classrooms. It is against this background that MTN Uganda, through its corporate social responsibility decided to construct a classroom block worth sh735m.
According to the Emmanuel Muwanvu, the headteacher, the new classrooms will create 720 additional places for needy students. He said that the building will also support the cause of providing quality education to the less privileged students.
“A good learning facility definitely leads to better performance,” he said.
Enid Edroma, the MTN Uganda corporate services general manager, said they are committed to supporting education in Uganda.
“We are aware that a good learning environment improves the learning which in turn improves learning outcomes. We are, therefore, happy that we are able to provide that for the students in PEAS Samling Nama High school,” Edroma said.
Dr George Mutekanga, the education ministry commissioner for private schools, who was the guest of honor, commended MTN for supporting government programmes through investing in education and schools.
“This venture shows that the organisation is a good development partner to the Government, Mutekanga said.
Amelia Kyambadde, the area Member of Parliament thanked MTN for the support to the school.
“All these good things are evidence that the company is not here to only make profits. It is here to also positively impact all Ugandans,” Kyambadde said.
Speaking at the same event, Henry Senkasi, the PEAS Uganda country director, thanked MTN for showing compassion towards needy students by providing them with modern infrastructure.