Kampala: Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has today visited Kiswa Primary School in Bugolobi, Kampala and donated school materials and sanitary towelsworth Fifteen million Uganda shillings to enhance itsSchools’ Education Support programme.
The donation was handed over by Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Mr. Gilbert Assi in the presence of the school community, Vivo Energy Group Chairman, Mr. John Daly, Non-Executive Director, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu, Executive Vice President for East and Southern Africa, Mr. Hans Paulsen and staff.
Kampala Capital City Authority’s Director of Education and Social Services, Miss Juliet Nambi Namuddu was the guestof honour at the colourful function that was also attended by the Mayor of Nakawa Division, Hon. Ronald Bamwezounder whose jurisdiction the school is located.
Speaking at the school visit, Mr. Gilbert Assi remarked thateducation is one of Vivo Energy’s priority areas of community investment.
“We believe in empowering the future generation of leaders by giving them opportunities to learn. We hope that the support that we have given to this school today will in turn lead to improved literacy, better grades and overall improvement of the school’s performance.”
He added, “Vivo Energy Uganda’s Schools’ Road SafetyEducation programmes have in the past five years trainedpupils in over 120 primary schools as road safetyambassadors. Kiswa Primary School was one of the first schools that we approached at the time. We are pleased thatthis relationship has progressed to the point where we are confident in the abilities of the children to support fellowchildren to observe safe road practices. We focus on childrenas the future drivers in order to inculcate in them a culture of road safety at a young age. Children can also be effective in influencing their parents’ behaviour and through theseefforts, we would like to win them over first as a way to reach their parents.”
Ms. Aisha Bagaya Ntege, the Head Teacher of KiswaPrimary School commended Vivo Energy Uganda for identifying the school’s challenges and supporting the administration to address them.
“Our school population consists of over 2000 children, drawnfrom the less fortunate communities near and far from ourlocation. We try our best to manage the existing challenges such as limited learning resources, nutrition, absenteeism of female students due to poor management of menstruation and more. I am delighted that companies such as Vivo EnergyUganda have a heart for the communities around them and reach out to support education. We appreciate this gesture.”
KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Ms. Juliet Nambi Namuddu expressed her appreciation to Vivo EnergyUganda for supporting education in Uganda: “On behalf of KCCA, that manages public schools in the city, we commendVivo Energy Uganda for continually partnering with us to make education experience for the children less of a challenge. We encourage like-minded organisations to join us in a similar initiative.”
Adding, “It is a sad reality that one out of 10 African girls skip school or drop out of school entirely due to lack of menstrual products and proper access to proper sanitationaccording to United Nations Children’s Fund. However, thishindrance to the education of female students is now a priority for the KCCA and for the Ministry of Education.”
Vivo Energy Group Chairman John Daly and Non-Executive Director, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu are currently in the country on a business familiarization tour of Vivo Energy Uganda.