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Minister Anite in education, women empowerment drive

By Henry Sekanjako

Added 6th March 2020 08:41 PM

From last week, Anite has been visiting institutions, villages and launching new programs in the area, aimed at economic empowerment of her electorate.

Minister Anite in education, women empowerment drive

From last week, Anite has been visiting institutions, villages and launching new programs in the area, aimed at economic empowerment of her electorate.

EDUCATION  WOMEN

KOBOKO - As the 2021 general elections draw near, most MPs are camped in their constituencies to account to their electorate, their five years' journey in parliament, after the 2016 general elections.
 
One of such MPs is Evelyn Anite the Koboko municipality MP, who doubles as the minister of finance in charge of Investment and Privatization, who spent the better part of the week, in Koboko municipality with her electorate.

From last week, Anite has been visiting institutions, villages and launching new programs in the area, aimed at economic empowerment of her electorate.

 
During the busy week, Anite officiated over the launch of the refugee response framework project dubbed "Technical assistance to Koboko Municipality under the theme: inclusive urban development and mobility in Koboko, Uganda."
 
The main purpose of the project which is to run from 2020 - 2022 is to help Koboko Municipality address the dual challenges of the growing number of displaced persons that have settled within the Municipality and wider urbanization.
 
The project which is an initiative of government of Uganda and funded by the European Union will help the Municipality through strengthening its urban planning and service provision as well as creating spaces of communal dialogue.
 
According to Anite, the program will help improve on the living conditions and opportunities for refugees and their host communities which will likely decrease the risk of conflict between these groups.
 
"Refugees can't host refugees" I therefore reiterate that Ugandan youth shouldn't trivialize the peace and stability we have in this great nation but rather cherish it," she said.
 
While in Koboko, Anite attended a great church service at Nyangilia Church of Uganda and other places of worship in the area.
 

 
She later inspected the construction of the new St Paul's Church in Koboko Archdeaconry, which President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni offered Sh1.1 billion towards its construction.
 
Upon completion, this church being built in memory of the late Archbishop Silvanus Wani will be the biggest in West Nile.
 
She proceeded to share a delicious meal with the congregation as she listened to some of the issues affecting them.
 
The MP also visited three schools in Koboko municipality; Ombaci Self Help, Nyarilo P/S and Teremunga Primary School with a combined total of 7000 pupils.
 
She donated books and other learning materials to all schools and pledged to provide more support from both herself and the Government of Uganda.
 
Anite implored the students to always remember and keep reminding themselves that their bodies are the Lord's temple and must therefore abstain from sexual immorality.
 
She also visited Noor Islamic nursery, Birijaku P/S & Ogo P/S all in Koboko Municipality where she distributed scholastic materials and also had several discussions with teachers about ways to improve their teaching and learning environment.
 
During the school visits, she emphasized the need to intensify the battle against early pregnancy and sexual harassment in schools.
 
"Adolescent pregnancy is a major contributor to maternal and child mortality and has various negative social & economic effects on girls and their families," Anite said.
 
‪Despite the challenges, the MP said she was pleased to see a great improvement in the schools' performance since her last visit a year ago.
 

 
She implored teachers to constantly encourage parents to get directly involved in children's education regardless of their income. This she said helps kids do better in and out of school.
 
"Education is one of the things I hold very near and dear to my heart and it's certainly no secret that children are the future pillars of Uganda and therefore a worthy asset.
In that spirit, this week, I will be visiting all schools in Koboko municipality," She said.
 
During her school visits in Koboko municipality, she conducted mentoring sessions and donated scholastic materials as an effort to improve on the pupils' educational experience.
 
Anite also presided over the opening of the inaugural Koboko Women Forum Conference organized under the theme: "Education key for women empowerment."
 
In her remarks, Anite focused on Gender based Violence which she said was one of the major social evils hindering women and girls from exercising their fundamental freedoms.

"Gender based violence also limits women's economic empowerment and holds them back from fulfilling their potential hence the need to intensify the fight against it" she said.

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