Welcome to Victoria University, thank you for choosing to be here today, we don’t take your presence for granted.
At Victoria University we say, We’re The University of You.
We are here today to address Victoria University’s relationship with Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa.
We would like to tell the public that Victoria University has an innate mandate to transform society through providing quality and meaningful education that works for everyone without discrimination or segregation.
We believe that anyone who wants to better himself or herself should come to Victoria University because we are proven problem solvers.
We believe that every human being with a desire to transform themselves into valuable members of society should be given a chance to change and evolve into the person society and their family can benefit from.
Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa came to Victoria University with an overwhelming desire to better herself and become a decent contributing member of society and a role model to her children.
For those who don’t know, Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa is a mother of 4 incredible children that she loves so much like any parent should always do. As a mother she yearns to become their good role model as she continues to raise them into responsible citizens of this country.
Society knows very well Ms. Shanitah’s inequities, she understands them as well, and she is remorseful about it. That’s why she is trying her best to walk away from her past into a better and transformed Shanitah Namuyimbwa that her children and society can be proud of as a mother, sister, advisor and friend to many.
Uganda is famously known for her generosity when it comes to supporting the vulnerable, for example receiving refugees who escape persecution to seek a better life and Ugandans being a warm and hospitable population,
they welcome these refugees with open hands to give them a second chance in life. Victoria University is emulating this culture of supporting the vulnerable — and those in need in this country of Ours.
It was against the above background that Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa reached out to us seeking our support to help her become a better person.
Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa expressed her passionate desire to PUrsue two shon courses at Victoria University and her priority courses were English and Digital Marketing.
Ms. Shanitah has a goal of becoming a fluent English Speaker and Digital Marketing Guru and that is how Victoria University comes in to help her like any other Ugandan to realize such an incredible dream and becoming a decent contributing member of society.
As Victoria University like many institutions of higher learning in this country, we are not discriminative when it comes to educating people, we cannot even afford to judge anyone because of their past or inequities.
Our job is to transform and rehabilitate those that desperately need help to become better people and Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa becomes a better example of such vulnerable people that need urgent help to hand-hold them to ably transform their lives.
It is also very important that I make this clarification to you all and with significant emphasis. Victoria University is only here to help Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa to improve herself to become a better and productive human being through pursuing impactful English Language and Digital Marketing Short Courses offered by Victoria University, Victoria University has not paid any money to Ms. Shanitah Namuyimba.
It is also equally important to note that all Victoria University Students and the Alumni Community are our Ambassadors; therefore, since Ms. Shanitah Namuyimbwa is our student, she automatically becomes a Victoria University Student Ambassador.
As you may all be aware, it is not news anymore that systems of education in Africa are letting down so many students on our continent including our own children here in Uganda; an example of such disappointment is when students sit Senior Six and fail to get 2 Principle Passes or even manage to get only 2 subsidiaries. Because of their inability to pass these S.6 Exams, the education system categorizes them as Failures. At Victoria University, as transformers of society, we say We’re The University of You, we also say that No one should be categorized a failure by a mere exam, we believe that education systems are the major culprits here that fail to understand the potential of students.
At Victoria University, we say that if you managed to get One (1) Principle Pass or you only managed to obtain only Two (2) Subsidiaries, do not worry you are not a failure and we welcome you to Victoria University to pursue our Higher Education Certificate (HEC), which has been approved by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
You do not need to repeat S.6, do not waste more time because through the HEC Programme offered by Victoria University, we will prepare you to achieve a Degree of your Choice — just come to Victoria University, we will grow together after all We’re Are The University of You.
Let me end with scripture to help bring us together, I want to refer you to John 8:3-10
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. ” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
Therefore, Victoria University calls Upon the public to join us in transforming lives and education, join us in helping those in need, join us in supporting the vulnerable and kindly join us in rehabilitating those that are broken.
Let us not judge others; we should leave that to God because he is Mighty.
Dr. Lawrence Muganga, Vice Chancellor, Victoria University