Kigozi Tips Students on Business, Economic Empowerment

Student leaders and teachers from atleast 10 secondary schools in the central region have been sensitized on making informed decisions in sexual reproductive health and rights.

The one day sensitization that was held at Kisubi High School organized by Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) raised awareness on HIV, pills gender equality among others.

Teachers were reminded of their significant role in passing on sexual related issues since students spend the most time at school.

Dr. Naboth Coole, a professional cousellor and lecturer at Makerere University cautioned teachers to spare time off their lesson plans to educate learners on non-academic topics.

“Research indicates that students pay more attention during non-academic issues compared to the curriculum. These children need this information irrespective of the status of their family.”

Popular comedian Kenneth Kimuli alias Pablo challenged teachers to avail all information on sexual issues with all facts to enable them make informed decissions.

“Young people will always listen to teachers as long as they show them that they care. However you must ensure that you approach your message positively so as to win their trust,” he said.

He urged them to tackle issues on menstruation cycles, anger among HIV positive students and those with special needs.

ChimpReports spoke to Ms. Deborah, the senior woman teacher at Kisubi High School to understand the dynamics and platforms available for imparting sexual education.

She disclosed that she holds meetings with female students to discuss their pressing issues in addition to gathering their queries raised through suggestion boxes.

“The most common challenge is puberty escpecially among the new Senior one students who don’t know how to go about menstruation. Students who are HIV positive also feel stigmatized and find huddles opening up to us,” she told us.

Many schools continue to allocate limited time to address extra academic education and counselling which leaves students prone to early pregnancies, HIV and STDs, smoking among others.
Former Executive Director at Uganda Investments Authority, dosage Dr. Maggie Kigozi has advised young people to take keen interest in business so as to be economically empowered.

Kigozi made note of the fact that with the current high rates of unemploymnet and few jobs available, the only solution remains in undertaking business ventures.

She was the guest speaker at Kisubi High School where Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) made an outreach on sexual reproductive health, themed ‘Boys for Girls’.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, RAHU engaged student leaders from 10 different schools and role models in a conversation about gender equality and empowerment of the girl child.

The engagement centred on the role of both men and boys in achieving gender equality and contributing to a prosperous society that accommodates every gender equally.

“While you are in school, begin to discover what business you can do after school. To the young girls, you shouldn’t expect money and every provision from the men, yo must make your own money,” Dr Kigozi told the gathering of students.

In her remarks she also gave tips on how to succeed in business highlighting values including integrity, character, trust and seeking for the right information.

“Your character is very important in business because it determines whether people can trust you. Looking out for the relevant information is also essential otherwise the business will collapse.”

Kigozi encouraged the young students to exploit the opportunities that lie in tourism, culture as well as agriculture which she said is now exciting since it has been modernized.

“There’s a lot of potential in agriculture if you can talk to your parents to avail some land for you. Agriculture is no longer boring as young people often perceived it because it has been integrated with technology.”

She further urged them to enroll in short courses that will equip them with business skills.

The Director Kisubi High School Ms. Catherine Stevens expressed gratitude to RAHU for the outreach adding that while gender equity is critical in offering quality education.

She also hailed the role models like Dr. Kigozi whom she said provide inspiration to the young students to enable them discover their potential.

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