Luuka parents urged to value child education rather than wealth

Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega addressing as the chief guest at the function in Luuka District on Sunday, September 03, 2023

Luuka, (UG): A section of leaders in Luuka District have rallied parents to prioritize educating their children to acquire permanent knowledge and wisdom rather than thinking about giving them wealth in the form of tangible assets.

Led by the Busoga Kingdom First Deputy Premier and an educationist, Al-hajj Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira, the leaders were on Sunday attending a thanksgiving ceremony for the academic achievement of Ms Luwano Miria, who obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Management from Kampala International University(KIU).

Ms Luwano, the daughter of former Luuka District Speaker, Mr Luwano Baker, held the function at their home in Busonga village in Luuka town council where Dr Lubega was the chief guest.

“Your children can sell everything which you may give them but they will never sell knowledge and wisdom. If you fail to educate them and just decide to divide your wealth amongst themselves, it will take less than 40 days for them to sell everything and return to zero,” Dr Lubega said.

The educationist, who is also the the chairman of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) revealed that chances are many for an educated person compared to one who’s not educated and called upon all parents to educate their children citing that it’s the only permanent wealth anyone can give to his/her child.

“I always move telling people that education is more important and you should know that chances differ between an educated person and someone who is not educated. Let us strive so hard and educate our children since there is no wealth you can give to your children other than educating them,” He said, before adding;

“Never console yourself because others are educated but without jobs yet, but educating a child is like giving him a driving permit and in case of any opportunity, Allah will open the door and you also wonder.”

A section of leaders in Luuka district led by chairman UMSC Dr Muhamadi Lubega (in checked suit)

The member of parliament for Luuka North constituency Hon Luke Kyobe Inyensiko advised parents to guide their children about the dangers of love affairs before completion of studies and also tasked children to modify their academic statuses by studying and upgrading to become valuable citizens in Luuka district and beyond.

“Let us always advise our children especially the girls to study and avoid the temptations of falling in love affairs with men before completing their studies. Understand that the future is always very bright and when you’re educated, any man coming to you suggesting love affairs should be of an intellectual class, so try hard to study and upgrade as well,” Hon Kyobe said.

Hon Kyobe delivering his gift to the graduate

However, the NRM district chairperson Luuka district Al-hajj Hon Meddie Mulumba was concerned about the increasing cases of murder and theft in the district and called upon people to strengthen their security by cooperating with police and other security agencies by reporting suspected criminals to clean the district from all kinds of bad elements.

“Theft is increasing especially in Nawampiti sub-county where boda boda men are being killed and their motorcycles taken and others are being attacked by panga wielding goons. You should strengthen your personal security and it hurts me whenever festive season approaches and everyone feels like closing up with their animals in the house due to theft when we know the thieves and also buy meat from them,” Hajj Mulumba said.

He also advised people to ensure food security by growing food crops, especially as the season approaches citing that families without food security experience all kinds of violence and eventually fail to develop.

Luwano Miria (centre) with her fellow graduates at the function

Represented by the councillor for Luuka town council Ms. Cissy Mirembe, the LCV Chairperson Luuka District Mr Wakaze Simon commended parents who always prioritize educating their children and urged the graduate to be dedicated and honest at the workplace while ensuring integrity with a diversified nature while executing work in the community.

The function was attended by among others; the former LCV Luuka district and a turned Pastor Samuel Kakyada, Busoga Kingdom education minister Ms Nantale Nasabu, woman MP Hon Esther Mbayo who was represented by her husband Eng. George Wilson Mbayo, political leaders, religious leaders and other educationists.

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