The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has applauded Hima Cement Company for their efforts in ensuring the enrolment of the girl child in Kamuli district.
Kadaga made the remarks while commissioning a Shs95 million girl’s dormitory at Luzinga Senior Secondary School, a government-aided institution in Kamuli District constructed by Hima Cement.
“Allow me thank Hima Cement for supporting and facilitating the female students’ learning process here in Busoga. This is a big gesture, and I am honored to have been a part of it,” Kadaga remarked.
She noted that it is appalling seeing the big number of girls who fail to complete school by dropping out adding that the area has a big number of teenage pregnancies, a situation she said needs to be worked upon.
Kadaga revealed that she opened up a campaign to keep girls in school through the opening up of dormitories.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Israel Tinkasimire, Hima Cement’s Sales Director said such a gesture was part of their corporate social responsibility to enable Ugandan live better lives through initiatives like health, education and employment.
“The dormitory is one of the many social investments we have made in communities around the country. We believe that every child deserves a decent environment to facilitate their education efforts, and we are confident that this dormitory will go a long way in helping to give the young ladies at Luzinga Secondary School a safe place to rest while they study,”Tinkasiimire said.
“We are ready to partner with her (Kadaga) efforts in helping girls enroll, stay and complete school as future leaders and entrepreneurs. We seek to promote education in areas of our operation by acting on factors that negatively affect education such as congestion in both classrooms and dormitories.”
With a female population of 384 students currently, the school is confident that 300 of these will now be housed in the new facility that is complete with a 50,000-litre water tank, modern bathroom facilities and pit latrines.