BUGANDA ROYAL CELEBRATES 15th GRADUATION
By Immaculate Nantaba
On 29th January 2021, Buganda Royal Institute celebrated it’s 15th graduation with 771 graduands amidst challenges of covid-19 pandemic.
The ceremony was totally different from the previous ones due to covid-19. This time around, parents were not invited to attend the ceremony as a way of minimizing numbers in order to ensure recommended social distance.
The Katikiro of Buganda, Oweek. Charles Peter Mayiga who was the chief guest, advised graduands to use the technical skills they acquired to be innovators as Uganda needs new ideas in all sectors.
He also thanked parents and guardians for supporting girl child education which was reflected in the number of girls that had out numbered the boys in this year’s graduation. He said that training a girl is so beneficial to the nation as the future generations would as well be civilised from the learned mother’s. 444 girls graduated compared to 267 boys.
He also cautioned all graduands to follow the covid-19 guidelines to remain safe. He as well reminded them of other diseases like AIDS which are still rampant.
“Follow laws and avoid contracting diseases like Corona and AIDS, The Kabaka is the African Ambassador on fighting AIDS, so please take caution”.
The Principal of the Institute, Anthony Wamala, thanked parents and guardians for supporting the institute and called upon every one to bring more students at Buganda Royal Institute.
The overall best student, Ssebulime Nicholas from electrical engineering was awarded 500,000 shillings by the institute to help him begin life after school. The Katikiro thanked him for the hard work and encouraged him to continue doing so. Because of his hard work, his parents were the only ones allowed to physically attend the graduation ceremony.
The Archbishop of Mityana Diocese, Rev.Dr. James Bukomeko, thanked the institute and students for this achievement and urged them to be courageous in everything they do. He also thanked parents and all people who have stood with students and the Institute in all spheres.
“Students am sure your going to face alot of challenges in the field but I want to tell you that you should be strong and never quit no matter the challenges because strong and courageous people always win. God bless you in your new journey of life.”
Also present at the function were the 1st Deputy Katikkiro Prof. Kawaase, 2nd Deputy Katikkiro and Minister of Finance Oweek. Wagwa Nsibirwa, Min of Social Services Dr. Prosperous Nankindu, Min of Youth and Sports Oweek. Ssekabembe, and a few representatives from organisations that sponsor students.