VIDEO: Uganda education ministry could learn a thing or 2 from Kenya
Uganda’s Education Ministry and its line ministries that of Finance inclusive have a lot to benchmark from Kenya’s system as far as the running and managing of National festivals especially of Music, Dance and Drama are concerned.
Kenya’s private, public and international entities and agencies wholeheartedly support and sponsor their thing’s life right from trophies and the like.
Kenya’s Central Bank was for instance the main sponsor of last year’s event held in Kasarani, Nairobi.
Whilst here in Uganda, our Bank of Uganda is not even aware of the existence of MDD in the country’s schools.
Corporate entities and individuals who matter like MTN Uganda, Airtel, Wavamuno, Salim Saleh, Kaguta Museveni, Nathan Nandala-Mafabi, Asuman Kiyingi, Kadaga, Opondo, Justine Kasule and all the rest could each front a trophy under their good names in the National Music, Dance and Drama festivals to be competed for by all the schools countrywide.
Suffice it to say that last year’s festival was hosted by Mbale Secondary School while 2017’s will be in Western Uganda, Mbarara, and subsequently 2018’s in the Northern part of the country, among others.
This is to break away from the hitherto Kampala’s National Theatre’s monopoly.
And now that Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is spearheading a dialogue that will bring on board Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi in an Eastern African Confederation of MDD, we are yet to realise and achieve a higher sense of social justice, cultural tolerance, appreciation and sense of belonging and togetherness as one East Africa.
KARIM NANYIRI is a teacher at Mbale S.S.