Four public primary schools in Mautuma Ward of Lugari constituency have benefited from 50 desks donated by a local well-wisher.
The donation is expected to help the identified schools boost the number of pupils with desks as some of them are experiencing shortages.
According to Charles Anyona, the well-wisher, the donation was to ensure the learners studied in a conducive environment.
Anyona said he has always thought about how he could put his own effort in helping pupils in public primary schools have adequate desks which is one of their main challenges.
“It has been in my thoughts to be part of those improving learning conditions in public primary schools,” Anyona said while delivering the desks to Sipande, Mahiga, Muviki and Nabemo primary schools in Mautama.
The well-wisher regretted the unfavourable condition pupils in various primary schools in the area were learning saying they were overcrowded and classrooms neglected with learners being forced to sit on the dusty floors, stones and logs.
“This donation is part of my commitment in investing in education so as to achieve improved educational outcomes for our children. By supporting education, we are investing in the future of our youths,” said Anyona.
Anyona has promised to continue supporting more schools in the area and ensure improved academic standards disclosing that apart from the donations he is also currently supporting 27 high school students from Mautuma ward who are in different secondary schools in various parts of the country.
He used the opportunity to plead with school heads to allow pupils to stay in schools as parents struggle to ensure they meet other school requirements.
“Our children are safe in schools, sending them away every time is so dangerous because some of them engage in very bad activities along the way which are likely to sway them away from the academic path and spoil their future, so I beg let us keep them in school,” said Anyona.
Muviki Primary School Head Teacher Henry Vidonyi thanked Anyona for the support, saying it will boost education standards in local schools which is wanting partly because of inadequate learning facilities.
His sentiments were echoed by Nabemo Primary School Head Teacher Jessica Iyadi who said the school had had an acute shortage of desks and other learning materials.
Iyadi challenged the locals to follow the example of Anyona by assisting the schools in whichever capacity they have.
By Geoffrey Satia