Ireland’s contribution to Uganda’s education can be traced from the 1940’s when Schools like Mount St Mary’s Namagunga were established by Irish Missionaries.
The Minister for of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Prof Ephraim Kamuntu has applauded the Irish government for its continued support to Uganda's education sector which has fostered Uganda's development.
While addressing the public during celebrations to mark the European year of cultural heritage in Uganda, Kamuntu expressed his appreciation to the Irish Ambassador, William Carlos.
"Through your support you are giving us hope and confidence that we shall have a bright future. I want to thank you for supporting us," Kamuntu said during celebrations held on Monday at the National Museum.
He said education is key and important in every aspect of life adding that people would appreciate heritage more when they are educated.
Ireland's contribution to Uganda's education can be traced from the 1940's when Schools like Mount St Mary's Namagunga were established by Irish Missionaries.
However for the last two decades Ireland has been giving direct financial support to the education sector.
Ireland has also been the main sponsor of the Vision Group's Teacher's Making a Difference Competition.
While attending the awards ceremony for the Teachers Making a Difference, early this month, Ambassador Carlos reiterated Ireland's continued support to Uganda's education sector.
"Between 2016 and 2020 Ireland will invest over Euros 180 million or over 23% of our budget in the education sector targeting both Karamoja and national level," Carlos said.
Carlos highlighted that Ireland has been supporting the education sector in Uganda for over two decades.
To celebrate the European year of cultural heritage, the European Union delegation to Uganda chose to celebrate it by supporting the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Unganda in implementing a project for the protection of historical buildings and sites in Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe.
The most four notable sites in Kampala are; Mengo Primary School, Bulange, The Mayor's Parlour and the National Museum.
The European Union Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, attended the event and urged European countries to up the support given to Uganda.
"I want to tell my European ambassadors that let us do something more than what we are doing for Uganda now," Pacifici said.
He urged Ugandan's to preserve their historical sites like buildings.