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Parental Care Primary School Bushenyi Wins Big at the 3rd Virtual National Students’ Anti-Corruption Challenge 2023/24

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Mr Tayebwa Desmond The Clubs Teacher At Parental Care P/s Posing For A Photo With His Students At 2023/2024 Virtual National Students’ Anti-Corruption Challenge Award Ceremony Held Ar PDDA Tower, Nakasero in Kampala.

The 2023/2024 Virtual National Students’ Anti-Corruption Challenge Award ceremony was held today at PPDA Tower in Nakasero, Kampala, marking the conclusion of an event that began in December last year.

The competitions attracted hundreds of students from 53 schools across over 90 districts nationwide. Participants showcased their creativity and abilities in various categories such as Art, Poetry, Public Speaking, Songs, and others, all standing against corruption.

Among the 53 participating schools were Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga, Parental Care Primary School Bushenyi, Bweranyangi Girls’ S.S, Immaculate Heart Girls School, Buddo Secondary School, and many others.

Parental Care Primary School scooped awards thanks to their bright and well-nurtured students: Tumuhimbise Sherry, who won the Songs category, and Nowembabazi Esther, who won the Poetry category. Tumuhimbise is in Primary Six, while Nowembabazi recently completed her Primary Seven.

Asked about the secret behind the school’s consistent success in various competitions, Mr. Tayebwa Desmond, the clubs teacher at Parental Care, noted that the school focuses heavily on promoting talents. They invest considerable time in nurturing their students to ensure success not only academically but also in areas that contribute to the country’s development. He mentioned that they have participated in several debating competitions and are currently the champions of Western Uganda.

“Yes, we are also the champions at the national level because recently we represented the country in Nairobi, Kenya, where we qualified and won the continental primary schools debating competition,” said Desmond. He urged parents to trust them with more students, highlighting their leadership in both academics and extra-curricular activities.

Parental Care has also made a name for itself in other competitions, including spelling bees, drama, debates, chess, and math contests, winning on several occasions both nationally and internationally.

The Impact of Parental Care’s Participation in These Competitions

Speakers at the ceremony commended Parental Care and other schools for encouraging their students to participate, highlighting the role of young people in the fight against corruption. They emphasized that participation should be encouraged at the student level, urging students to lead by example and hold those around them accountable, including their parents.

National Debate Council Uganda (NDC) Executive Director Mr. Gasta Kakaire provided a background on the origins of the Virtual National Students’ Anti-Corruption Challenge, noting that the idea came about in 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Corruption is among the key barriers to every country’s growth. We realized we had enough time with our children during the COVID lockdown, and this was an opportunity to engage them in the fight against this vice. That’s how we came up with this edition, and it has been a successful one,” said Kakaire.

Stephen Kateregga, Assistant Auditor General Corporate, said, “Corruption breeds inequality and weakens our economy. This platform empowers us to combat it through engagement, innovation, and solutions. Equip yourself with knowledge, be a voice for change, and inspire positive transformation in your communities.”

Tassillo Von Droste, head of governance and civil society at GIZ Uganda, called for visible consequences for corruption, stressing the importance of leadership in this area. He stated that powerful individuals should not protect other powerful people who are corrupt.

“Corruption kills. A genuine commitment from students to combat corruption is essential. Everyone deserves quality services, which can only be achieved when we all fight against corruption. Imagine police officers refusing to take bribes when an offense is committed—this is the change we need,” said Tassillo.

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