Hoima's Best PLE Candidate Gets Bursary from Chinese Firm
By Denis Otim
At 14 years, Alituha Rashida, the best Primary Seven candidate in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations from Kigumba Intensive Primary school in Kiryandongo district with aggregate 8, already has a clear dream of becoming a doctor.
However, it was until a week ago that Alituha put her worries of not accomplishing her dream, given her father’s meagre income from vending vegetables had to cater her six siblings, too.
Chinese construction giant, Sinohydro Corporation, the contractor for the Karuma 600MW hydro power project has now committed to fully sponsor Alituha’s O’ level education.
Under the initiative, “Take a Girl to School” campaign, Sinohydro has earmarked US$ 4,000 (about Shs 14 million) to educate two best performing students from Kiryandongo and Oyam districts.
The Chinese firm said it would spend Shs 7.3 million to pay for Alituha’s school fees at St Andrea Kaahwa College and another Shs 7.3 million towards Angela Akello’s school fees at St Katherine Secondary school in Lira district. Akello scored aggregate in last year’s PLE, becoming the best in Oyam district.
while handing over of the school bursary cheque to Rashida at St Andrea Kaahwa College in Hoima district, Sinohydro Administration Manager Li Ji said; “The scholarship will help bring Rashida closer to her dreams of becoming a doctor.”
He noted that Sinohydro Corporation has strengthened their relationship with the people of Uganda through the construction of the Karuma Hydro Power Project and also through the several Corporate Social activities in Kiryandongo and Oyam districts where they operate.
He encouraged both girls to stay in school and study harder for their future.
Fr Kihika Paschal, the Head teacher St Andrea Kaahwa College lauded Sinohydro Corporation for their initiative to sponsor a girl child to school.
The Oyam district Education Officer, Silvia Omodo, said the scholarship should be extended to other girls in the region, whose parents or guardians face serious financial difficulties.
Simon Kasyate, the Corporate Affairs Manager Uganda Electricity Generation Co Ltd [UEGCL], said educating children is at the core of the country’s quest for middle income status, since it adds to the numerous efforts in educating and skilling human resource.