Kyambogo University Donates Life Jackets & Educational Supplies to Lake Bunyonyi Schools

By Obed Kankiriho

KABALE – Kyambogo University has taken a significant step towards enhancing the safety of learners accessing education near Lake Bunyonyi in South Western Uganda. In a heartfelt gesture, the university donated 100 life jackets to Bwama Primary School and Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School, both located in Kabale District.

The formal presentation of the donation took place at Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School, nestled within Kitumba Sub County of Kabale District. Distinguished by the presence of University Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, the handover ceremony was a momentous occasion.

Beyond life jackets, the university also extended its support by contributing 1000 Picfare exercise books, 1000 mathematical sets, 700 pens, and 300 pencils to benefit the students.

Prof Katunguka, while addressing the gathering of learners and administrators, shared a promising piece of news: Kyambogo University Library is diligently curating a collection of textbooks to further enrich the educational resources available to the schools.

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This benevolent initiative, he hoped, would play a pivotal role in facilitating better access to education and uplifting the overall quality of learning experiences at these institutions.

This philanthropic act of donating life jackets and educational supplies was prompted by a tragic incident that occurred recently. Martin Izabayo, a senior two student hailing from Kisoro District and studying at Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School, lost his life in a drowning mishap.

Last week, on a fateful Friday, the canoe he was aboard capsized, leading to the unfortunate demise of this young learner. The incident has cast a somber cloud over the community, as Martin had attempted to escape school grounds against the school administrators’ wishes.

Deputy Headteacher, Isaac Kamukama, shared the disheartening news that the search for Martin’s body is ongoing. Despite collaborative efforts by the Marine Police and local residents, the body remains elusive beneath the waters. The challenging circumstances suggest that it might take a few more days before Martin’s remains are successfully recovered.

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Speaking from Bwama Primary School’s perspective, Head teacher Patience Tweheyo shed light on the common practice of students relying solely on canoe boats to reach their places of learning. Tragically, the school had previously mourned the loss of a young student, Ivan Muhwezi, a Primary Four pupil who drowned in the lake earlier this year, in February.

In response to these heartrending incidents, Kabale District Education Officer Moses Bwengye Tumwijukye extended his condolences to the bereaved family and the entire school community. He earnestly prayed for Martin’s body to be found and laid to rest with dignity.

Addressing the students directly, Bwengye sternly urged them to shun acts of indiscipline and emphasized the critical importance of wearing life jackets whenever they traverse the lake.

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