UBA holds virtual mentoring and reading sessions in commemoration of day of the African child

By Edwin Muhumuza

UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) , joined the rest of the world to celebrate African children in this year’s edition of the International Day of the African Child.

The United Nations set aside June 16 every year, as the International Day of the African Child to celebrate children in Africa where it recognizes the courage of students who marched for their right to better education in Soweto South Africa.

The Managing Director, UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, said, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lock down on educational institutions, they were not able to visit schools and community centers as is its usual practice, however, the Foundation held activities online, where students of secondary schools were afforded the opportunity to watch and listen to virtual mentoring and reading sessions.

During the virtual session, Bola Atta, spoke to the students on various issues, ranging from financial literacy and the importance of imbibing good reading culture to nation building further explaining why UBA Foundation centers on three key pillars of Education, Empowerment and Environment, adding that the bank through its foundation, recognizes the huge role that education and indeed a good reading culture has to play in the lives of the youth.

She said, “These days school children barely make out time to read and are easily distracted by the presence of electronic social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others; and to curb this declining culture of reading across the continent, UBA Foundation came up with the ‘Read Africa’ project, designed to resuscitate the reading culture amongst our youths across the African continent.

“As a pan-African institution, we believe that the future of Africa lies in her youth and for this reason, UBA Foundation is actively involved in facilitating educational projects and bridging the literacy-wide gap on a pan-African scale, and is helping to rekindle the dwindling reading and literacy culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education,” Atta said.

While emphasising the belief that a highly educated and well-informed youth is critical to the future of Africa, Atta seized the opportunity to read a few passages of the recommended novel to students and encouraged them to visit the UBA Foundation website to register and gain access to read some more at their leisure.

UBA through its Foundation has been at the forefront to developing the manpower needed by Africa to exploit emerging opportunities and propel the continent to higher levels of development.

Children’s rights in Karamoja continue to violated as Africa prepares to commemorate the day of the African child

By Waswa Deo

Leaving home for the street,  committing suicide or denying parents are some of the choices children may resort to if they are extremely neglected and abused by their parents.

14 year old Lagit Caroline who goes to school at Katikit primary school in Amudat district was survived being married off by her father after he was promised cattle by the would be groom. Lagit fled home to her auntie’s place in Moroto.

While speaking at the celebrations of the day of the African child in Kapchworwa, Lagit urged authorities across the country to put in place tough laws to deal with parents who deny their children rights especially  to education.

After Lagit’s experience she initiated and championed the  Katikit Pupil’s rights club which advocates for children’s rights in the karamoja region.

On 16thth June, Africa will be commemorating the day of the African child but children especially in the Karamoja region continue to be subjected to violence and neglect under the guise of cultural norms despite efforts by the government and partners to curb the situation.