By Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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: –
- Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
- Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
- Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
- Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
- Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
- Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
- Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
- Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
- Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
- Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
- Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
- Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
- Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
- Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
- Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
- 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.
- Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
- Members of Parliament
- Members of the Judiciary
- Permanent Secretaries
- Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
- All leaders in the local Government structures
- Mrs Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring pay slips to the Fund.
- Bank Name:Stanbic Bank,Garden City
- Account Name:National Response Fund to Covid19
- Account Number:Shillings:9030017338551
- Info@Tel +256-776-000-108,+256793942474