In a bid to reclaim their traditional position academically, leaders should encourage the children to stay in school.
According to the Gender, Women and Children Affairs State Minister in the Kingdom also Team Leader Ekigangu kya Busoga, Owek. Dr. Joyce Abaliwano Mulebeke, the King is concerned about the general performance and learners’ turn up within schools.
Many children are dropping out of school because of teenage pregnancies and early marriage.
The Busoga youth retreat is one of the forums created by the Kyabazinga to open dialogue on how best to reduce this vice that has dominated the Kingdom.
Speaking to different students of Kidera SS, Baligeya Memorial Seed Secondary School and Budiope SS on Tuesday at their respective campuses about the forthcoming Youth Retreat, Dr. Abaliwano argued that the King wants all children in school because it is the safest place for them at this time.
“Recent statistics show that we are not doing well academically. So the Kyabazinga feels that all children should be supported to stay in school”, she revealed before proposing to the audience that the minimum academic qualification should be a Bachelors Degree.
Dr. Abaliwano also appealed to the students to prioritize their future in whatever they do by setting personal goals because success is a personal choice.
On his part, Dison Bwire, District Education Officer for Buyende commended the Kingdom for using a bottom to top approach in addressing the plight of academic performance in the area.
Head teachers of the different schools welcomed the Youth Retreat idea and committed to associate with it.
This year’s 4th edition to be held at Victoria High School from 7th-15th/12/2019 is running under the theme; “Using Culture to end early marriages and keep girls in school targeting girls aged 9-25 and boys aged 9-15.
Participation fees is Shs50,000/= with registration points being Busoga Kingdom headquarters, Batambuze grocery and bakery (Jinja), Bunya SS (Mayuge) Victoria High School (Iganga),Hindocha Primary School (Bugiri), Green Fields High School and Victoria High School (Iganga), Kiyunga SS and Nakabale High School (Luuka),Nkutu Memorial SS (Bugweri),Kibaale High School and Kisiki College (Namutumba) and KBS FM (Kamuli).