Schools with refugee students in Hoima ask for govt's hand

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Schools with refugee students in Hoima ask for govt's hand
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A secondary school with one of the biggest population of refugee students in Hoima has asked the government to consider supporting refugees enrollment.

Geneva Secondary School administrators say the majority of refugee students not have school fees.

"We believe in togetherness and equality for all, our school has a lot of refugees but the challenge most of them don't have money for fees, so we are requesting government to consider supporting schools training refugees," Mr Joshua Kakooza, an administrator at the school, said.

Nathan Kitwe Isingoma, former Hoima district speaker, asked Bunyoro Kingdom to avail land to refugees so that they can do farming and move on with life.

"We know their food rations were cut, but they have to survive. Bunyoro Kingdom has land, so through the Bunyoro prime minister Andrew Byakutaga and our King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, consider allocating refugees land where they can do farming for livelihood, most of them are not sure if they will ever go back home," Kitwe said.

Beatrice Mukandayambagye, one of the refugee students from Kyangwali camp, guided her fellow refugees never to keep quiet when they are being challenged.

"The worst situation is keeping quiet.  As refugee we tend to be reserved and fearful not able to open up on challenges, but not all Ugandans are bad many have good hearts, share with them the challenge you face, I didn't know would ever go to school because of fees, but I opened up and got support," Mukandayambagye said.

Kitwe also asked the general population, schools, Bunyoro Kingdom to embrace and love refugees, saying anyone can be a refugee.

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