Bunyoro Kingdom urged to advocate for full bursaries for vulnerable students

Kiryandongo, (UG):- In a passionate plea directed towards the leaders of the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, Musao Matthew, the Kiryandongo District Male District Councilor, has called for the advocacy of full bursaries for vulnerable students within the region.

Musao’s heartfelt concern stems from the pressing need to address the alarming rate of student dropouts, a persistent issue that undermines the educational aspirations of numerous talented individuals in the community.

During a recent gathering between the Kiryandongo District Council and representatives from the kingdom, it was revealed that half bursaries are currently accessible.

However, Musao contends that these partial scholarships still impose a substantial financial burden on students.

Highlighting the fact that financial constraints should not impede deserving students from pursuing their education, Matthew emphasizes that many promising young minds are forced to abandon their academic pursuits due to economic limitations, resulting in missed opportunities and unrealized potential.

“The half bursaries provided by the Kingdom are still too costly for our students,” remarked Musao.

In a meeting attended by a delegation from the Bunyoro Kingdom, led by the Kingdom’s minister for production, Owek. Wairindi, it was disclosed that half bursaries are available for continuing students.

Advocating for the provision of full bursaries presents an opportunity for the Bunyoro Kingdom to dismantle these barriers and establish a more inclusive and equitable educational system.

Councillor Musao making his remarks

Furthermore, Musao underscored the importance of prioritizing skills development, particularly among the youth, as a means of fostering self-sufficiency and sustainable livelihoods.

“In an evolving job market, equipping young individuals with practical skills not only enhances their prospects of employment but also empowers them to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic advancement of their communities.”

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Given the urgency of these issues, he urges the leadership of the Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom to actively engage with students, especially in Kiryandongo, where there exists a strong allegiance to the kingdom.

By initiating a dialogue with the youth and attentively listening to their needs and aspirations, the administration of the kingdom can gain a deeper insight into the challenges they encounter and work towards implementing viable solutions.

The campaign for full bursaries and a heightened emphasis on skills development transcends mere altruism; it represents a strategic investment in the future of Bunyoro. By nurturing the talents and ambitions of its young populace, the kingdom can cultivate a more educated, empowered, and prosperous society.

Musao’s impassioned appeal serves as a clarion call for the Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom to prioritize educational equity and societal advancement. By championing the cause of vulnerable students and investing in their academic and vocational endeavours, the kingdom can lay the groundwork for a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.

The leadership must heed this call to action and take proactive measures to ensure that no student is left behind in their pursuit of knowledge and opportunity.

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Moreover, the councillor urges the kingdom to expedite the appointment of a successor for the late Dabanja Alfred, the Kibanda County Chief to the kingdom.

He believes that this is vital for ensuring that the concerns of the people in Kiryandongo continue to be effectively conveyed to the kingdom’s leadership.

Through robust communication channels, the kingdom can more effectively address the needs and aspirations of all its constituents.

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