Celebrating Mandela Day in Uganda.

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Gayaza,Uganda

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen(centre) is seen helping a youngster to carry donations from Woolworths, Uganda as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

A member of the board of Kiteezi Primary School explains a point to the South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen giving out an interview as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen cutrting a tape as a sign of commissioning tap water that had been cut off for years. This was as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen planting a tree as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo(R) is playing football with a teacher of Kiteezi Primary School as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen signing on the portrait of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen female Ugandan teachers of Kiteezi Primary School as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

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.

(1)

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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen handing over donations to teachers of Kiteezi Primary School as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

Challenges

(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.

South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen delivering his keynote address as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

Future Plans

(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.

Donations from different wellwishers going out to Kiteezi Primary School as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

The Headmaster of Kiteezi Primary School delivers his Keynote address as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
The Headmaster of Kiteezi Primary School delivers his Keynote address as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

A South African lady is seen serving bread to Kiteezi Primary School Pupils as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
Kiteezi Primary School Pupils are seen enjoying bread as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
Ladies are seen in the Kitchen at Kiteezi Primary Schoo as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen giving out an interview as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen handing over donations to a teacher of Kiteezi Primary School as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo(R) is playing football with a teacher of Kiteezi Primary School as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
A member of South African High Commission Uganda (L) dances with Pupils of Kiteezi Primary School after getting donations as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
A Pupil of Kiteezi Primary School is seen displaying his acrobatic skills after getting donations as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo (behind in Shades) is seen with Kiteezi Primary School Pupils as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
A local lady is seen signing on the portrait of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
South African High Commissioner to Uganda Major Gen.(rtd) Lekoa Solly Mollo is seen cutrting a tape as a sign of commissioning tap water that had been cut off for years. This was as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
A Ugandan lady is seen serving bread to Kiteezi Primary School Pupils as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
Kiteezi Primary School Pupils are seen enjoying bread as part of Mandela day Celebrations in 2017.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.