The National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs (NSPC), Office of The President has organised a three-week patriotism development training for students who sat for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 2015.
President Yoweri Museveni launched training in patriotism development in February 2009.
It is in tandem with National Objective XXIX (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
Merryland High School in Wakiso district will host the training beginning 09 May 2016. Admission commences at 0800hrs and closes at 1600hrs.
NSPC works with Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), Office of the President and Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports in running patriotism development programs in the country.
Also, there is a coordinator of patriotism clubs in each district who is a teacher in a secondary school.
The RDCs assisted by the district coordinators will select the participants based on the following criteria: students who were very active members of the patriotic clubs in their schools and students whose examination results qualify them for admission to post-secondary institutions of learning – minimum of 02 principal passes.
Others will be picked on gender sensitivity – boys and girls as long as they are citizens of Uganda.
The training targets 1000 participants, according to Lt. Col. Henry Masiko, the Commissioner for Patriotism Clubs Office of the President Kampala.
Each district has been allotted the number of participants to send determined by density of schools in the district.
Each student must report with an introduction letter from the RDC and identity card from his or her former secondary school.
Without these documents no one will be admitted for the training.
“Patriotism means great love for and readiness to defend one’s country. It defines and spells out the duties, responsibilities and obligations of a citizen to his or her country,” Matsiko said.
He said the training aims at introducing the students to the core values of patriotism – love for Uganda, hard work, unity, service to community, love for knowledge and for self.
It will also give them basic security and self-defense skills, including detection of terrorism signals, enhance discipline, teamwork, healthy minds and lifestyles through physical exercises and elementary parade drills and promote cultural values, traditions, dances, songs and entertainment.
The training will also expose them to the ideals of the common good for our society, regional integration and Pan-Africanism to enable those who complete the training form a network of study groups in their tertiary institutions of learning.
The Secretariat will pay for food, pay transport, accommodate the students and cater for provide basic needs like bed sheets, towels, soap, toothpaste, pens, exercise books and toilet paper; sports attire and jogging boots for parade as well as shoes to change into for other activities during the training and education for specific diseases and allergies.