By Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
South Africans in Ugandan recently celebrated Mandela day in Kiteezi Communities in Gayaza, a few Kilometers from Uganda’s Capital, Kampala.
Led by their High Commissioner H.E Major General, Prof. Lekoa Solly Mollo,the staff of the South African Embassy in Kampala, decided to engage in 67 minutes Volunteer activities in Kiteezi Primary School along Gaba road.
The activities were:
-Planting of fruit trees by High Commissioner and the Headmaster.
-Commissioning of Water by High Commissioner and the Headmaster
-Handing over of donations to the Headmaster by the High Commissioner and Headmaster
Lady teacher receiving Sanitary-ware for the girl Child.
According to South Africa’s Ambassador to Uganda ,Major General SolloMollo,also a Prof. of Political Science had this to say:
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (1918 –2013).
Mandela Day is a call for all of us to promote social justice wherever we can.
The United Nations launched Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 on Mandela’s birthday, July 18, in honor of his lifetime of sacrifice and devotion to end racism and apartheid in South Africa.
His contribution to the world remains an inspiration to
the next generation. Near the end of his life he said, “It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.”
On this day we recall Mandela’s lifetime of service in a collective global effort to make the world a better place.
In Uganda, this year’s celebrations were marked at Kiteezi Primary School, a centre for Children with disabilities.
Major General Prof. (rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo said that everyday should be made a Mandela day as long as it improves the lives of the vulnerable groups like the elderly,women,Children and people with disability. Making everyday a Mandela Day celebrates UTata/Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
Mandela Day calls for on all of us,everyday,to make the world a better place.The theme for this year’s Mandela Day is “Action Against Poverty.”
Poverty is not only about food but educational facilities, Clothes etc.
Take Action! Inspire Change
Every year on 18 July beginning with 2010 — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.
The Resolution recognized the long history of Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s leading role in support for Africa’s struggles for liberation and Africa’s Unity and his outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-united SA racial,non sexist, democratic South Africa. It further recognized Mr Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, as a humanitarian, in the fields of conflict resolution, racerelations, promotion and promotion and protection of human rights,reconciliation,gender equality and the rights of children and vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. The resolution, moreover, acknowledged Mr Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Quoting the exact words Mr Mandela” It always seems impossible until its done”.
Iam sure parents,teachers and learners,you agree with me that you never thought the School will be able to have safe drinking water again after the tap was disconnected.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation was dedicated to this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
How the Day came about
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
General Assembly resolution recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Nelson Mandela Rules
In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of p`articular importance.
General Assembly resolved not only adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they should be known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules” in order to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle referred to above.
Mandela’s name in in Uganda is not difficult to get.The Government of Uganda renamed Namboole Stadium as Mandela National Stadium.I wish to remind that the use of Mandela name falls within legal jurisdiction of the Mandela Foundation and therefore his name should not be used for commercial purposes or to solicit funding.
In keeping the legacy of Mandela alive,MakerereUniversity,Uganda’s oldest University, hosted the Annual Mandela Commemorative Lecture on the 31st Aug,2017.
In celebrating our leaders, this year is the Centenary of Olive Reginald Tambo,one of the leaders who fought hand in hand with Mr Mandela for South Africa’s liberation. If Mr Tambo was alive, he would be 101 years old this year.In this regard,the Oliver Tambo School School of leadership hosted the O.R Tambo Memorial Lecture in Kawewe in October 2017.
He applauded partners like Mandela National Stadium,MetropolitanUniversity,Volunteers from MakereUniversity,KawottoSavious Primary School from Kajjansi,the South African team attached to UN in Entebbe,Toyota Uganda, Nissan Cars,Mr Brian the Artist.
On the 18th of July,we are called upon to celebrate the life of sacrife well lived by the World Icon,Mr Mandela, by contributing 67 mins of our time to the service of our communities as Mandela Spent 67 years of his life serving humanity.
The head teacher MrGimei William said,”we do remember Nelson Mandela as a Servant Worldwide who served the World fighting for Anti-apartheid,humanrights,promoted reading and literacy in lives of learners in S.A, eradication of poverty and peace in the World.
This School started as a School for people with disabilities in 1997.It started operating as an inclusive School embracing all children despite of their status.The Current Population of the School is 376 including 52 Children with learning disabilities.The School has 10 teaching staff and 3 non teaching staff.
Expectations of the School
To produce Children who are literary sound and skillful in order to be self-reliant in Nation building.
Achievements of the School.
Constructed permanent Class rooms courtesy of Japan Embassy and Wakiso District Local Government.
(2) Constructed a water tank worthy 25000litres courtesy of Nanagereka Development Foundation
(3) Have had several people of good will i.e Individual,NGOs,Groups and Companies who have helped the School in one way or the other for development.
(4) Started constructing a wall fence.
(5) Started a demonstration garden.
(1)Parents are not doing their job of providing Scholastic materials.
(2)Community tress passing through the School.
(3)Lack of modern technology Computers and laptops.
(4)Not having a liable library.
(5)Not enough materials for skill development
(6)Children not having midday meals.
(7)Having a dusty Compound.
(1)Connecting tap water to supplement rain water.
(2)Completing the wall fence to avoid trespass and good Security
(3)Lobbying for assistance from people and Companies of good will to assist the School in terms of development, library, Computers,midday meals etc.
(4)Developing the demonstration garden into a green house.
(5)Opening up a boarding section.
Opening up a boarding Section.