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Fountain Publishers Ltd donates learning materials worth Shs 354m to the government to ease education of Students in their homes.

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By Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Kampala,Uganda

Leading publishing house Fountain Publishers Ltd has donated learning materials worth Shs 354m to the government to support the continuity of learning with millions of learners currently stuck in their homes following the closure of schools in the wake of the deadly coronavirus.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon.Mary Karooro Okutut and the Chairman Mr Emmanuel Katongole receive the donations from the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr James Tumusiime Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The donations were received by the Political head of the National response Fund to Covid19 Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut,the Chairman of the Fund Mr Emmanuel Katongole and the Secretary and Administrator of the Fund Mrs Kisaka Dorothy.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon.Mary Karooro Okutut and the Chairman Mr Emmanuel Katongole receive the donations from the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr James Tumusiime Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Delivering his remarks, Mr James Tumusiime, the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers, in a letter to the National Task Force on COVID -19, the donation is in line with the appeal by President Yoweri Museveni to the private sector to join the efforts against the effects of Coronavirus.

Education institutions were among the first to be closed in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon. Mary Karooro Okutut and the Chairman Mr Emmanuel Katongole receive the donations from the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr James Tumusiime. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Recently, the government had said that candidate classes and university finalists would be allowed to resume but the President said on Tuesday evening that the decision had been reversed following a surge in COVID-19 cases.

(R-L) The Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr James Tumusiime with the Sales and Marketing Manager of Fountain Publishers.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Among the learning materials donated includes an assortment of Primary and Secondary textbooks and supplementary reading books in 10 local languages to accelerate thematic curriculum.

In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on the education system in Uganda, the Ministry of Education and Sports has constituted a sector Response Task Force to strengthen the education sector preparedness and generate response measures to mitigate the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 on Uganda’s education system.

The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon.Mary Karooro Okutut and the Chairman Mr Emmanuel Katongole receive the donations from the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr James Tumusiime Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

According to the Ministry of Education, the Sector developed a Preparedness and Response plan which focuses on Ensuring continuity of learning while learners are at home and preparing for the resumption of and managing schooling once the COVID19 lockdown is lifted.

The National Response Fund to COVID 19 Chairman Mr. Emmanuel Katongole chats with Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member of the Fund after receiving donations from the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr. James Tumusiime Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

  “Please receive our humble contribution  .We stand with our brothers and sisters in Uganda and especially those in cities whose food supplies have been adversely disrupted by the lockdown.

(R-L) Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member of the National Response Fund to COVID 19 member chats with the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr. James Tumusiime.(L) is the Sales and Marketing Manager of Fountain Publishers. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

These donations  will be utilized by the Ministry of Health according to the National Response Fund to Covid 19  Chairman Engineer Emmanuel Katongole.

 On Friday 24th April, Uganda’s  President  Museveni  flagged off the first batch of 45 Motor Vehicles that had  been donated to the Ministry of Health.

The donations in kind including foodstuffs and other medical equipment are  always handed over to the National Taskforce for COVID-19.

 President Museveni, announced the establishment of the NATIONAL RESPONSE FUND TO COVID-19 that was   was formed on the 8th April,2020.

He also appointed a Committee to provide leadership to the COVID-19 Fund. The members of the Committee are: –

  1. Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
  2. Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
  3. Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
  4. Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
  5. Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
  6. Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
  7. Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
  8. Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
  9. Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
  10. Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
  11. Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
  12. Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
  13. Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
  14. Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
  15. Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
  16. The mandate of the Committee is to take responsibility for mobilizing resources for the fight against the pandemic, COVID -19 and enable provision of relief to vulnerable persons

The President  recently  donated 1.4M, as part of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Fund. He pledged that this deduction will be donated every month till the pandemic of Covid-19 is eliminated. This took place on 30th April and the cash donation was brought in person by the First lady and Minister of Education, Janet Kataaha Museveni to the Covid-19 Fund Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.

  1. Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
  2. Members of Parliament
  3. Members of the Judiciary
  4. Permanent Secretaries
  5. Undersecretaries
  6. Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
  7. All leaders in the local Government structures
  8. Mrs Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring pay slips to the Fund.
  9. Bank Name:Stanbic Bank,Garden City
  10. Account Name:National Response Fund to Covid19
  11. Account Number:Shillings:9030017338551
  12. USD:9030017342974
  13. Info@Tel +256-776-000-108,+256793942474

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