Nine & Ten
August 3, 2012
Friday couldnâ€™t have come soon enough, so the community of Kyeitabya decided to party early.
A kasikiâ€”an overnight Bugandan celebration in anticipation of a big dayâ€”kicked off the commissioning activities of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya, the tenth site opened in Uganda by Building Tomorrow.
Kyeitabyaâ€™s celebrations come on the heels of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Nakaseetaâ€™s grand opening ceremony held six days prior. Planning for both projects began in 2010 using environmentally friendly interlocking stabilized soil block (ISSB) technology.
â€œWhat you have done here, we need more of,â€ Minister of State for Higher Education J.C. Muyingo told parents and school construction committee members gathered in Nakaseeta. â€œDevelopment begins with education.â€
Leaders in both communities made public pledges to support their respective academies. Nakaseetaâ€™s LC3 chairman promised parents to provide a supply of desks and reading materials. Former Building Tomorrow education support officer and current member of the local town counsel, Apollo Muganila, pledged to â€˜ensure that people come to associate quality education with this academy in Kyeitabya.â€
Funding and design of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya was furnished by the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. A team of Notre Dame students visited Kyeitabya in 2010 to begin construction of the academy.
â€œWe are here to celebrate the beginning of a journey,â€ Gasana Emmanuel told his peers in Kyeitabya. â€œAnd now it is time for us as parents and this community to get serious in supporting our children.â€
In a school planning meeting earlier this week, scores of parents at Kyeitabya indicated their desire to begin their primary school studies for the very first time at the new Academy.
â€œFor those of you parents who wish to come and study from this place, I will personally buy your first uniform,â€ Building Tomorrow Country Director Joseph Kaliisa promised. â€œEducation is a basic right, and this is your chance to be a role model to your own children.â€
To date, Building Tomorrow has opened 70 classrooms serving nearly 60 villages throughout Uganda with the capacity to house over 3,000 students. In 2012, Building Tomorrow made a commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative to construct 60 schools and provide teacher training for over 450 educators.