First Lady and new Education minister Janet Kataaha Museveni has shared how she intends to put Uganda back on the map in terms of education standards.
She was appearing on Urban T.V a subsidiary of Vision Group in her first interview as Minister of Education/Sports Thursday.
Janet who appeared in parliament on Monday for vetting, has already been approved as minister of Education.
She shared her vision for the Education ministry and plans for the girl child basing on her personal experience.
The First Lady suggests building standards of the education sector and uplifting co-curricular activities for the budding talents.
“Uganda was a very proud country because of their standard of education in the region,” she reminisced, adding, “I would like to see Uganda get its place back in the region. I pray that all of us agree to work together in this cause.”
She said to have quality education means all Ugandans must play a role because Uganda was a very proud nation when it came to its quality of Education in the Region.
“We must take responsibility. It is the only way that the standards will rise.”
Janet said part of her experience is that she walked long distances to school.
“I used to walk 8 miles to school and back home,” said the First Lady who went to Kyamate Primary School in Kajara county, Ntungamo District, Western Uganda and Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Bushenyi district.
“It takes a village to raise a child. Raising and grooming children was a communal effort. But now, children are left on their own,” she said, urging parents to do their part.
She said university Students don’t have to always resort to striking as a solution.
Janet has made major strides in a region that had been neglected for years as the minister for Karamoja Affairs and will now shift her experience to revamp the education sector.
First Lady never dreamed that big
But Janet in her interview says she never imagined she would be a 1st lady one day.
Janet went into exile in 1971, when Idi Amin toppled the Milton Obote regime in a military coup.
She married Yoweri Museveni in August 1973.
When Idi Amin’s regime fell from power in April 1979, she moved back to Uganda from Tanzania where she had been living in exile with her husband.
In February 1981 when Yoweri Museveni launched his guerrilla war against the government of President Obote, Janet Museveni and her children re-located to Nairobi, Kenya, where they lived with family friends until 1983.
In 1983, they moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, and stayed there until May 1986, four months after Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army had seized power in Kampala.
Janet Museveni founded the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), a private relief agency in late 1986, which she said was shaped by her experience as a refugee.
She became involved with the HIV/AIDS campaigns in Uganda in the 1990s, forging ties with radical pastor Martin Ssempa for abstinence-only sex education in Uganda.
In November 2005, she announced that she would seek the parliamentary seat of Ruhaama county in the February 2006 general elections.
She contested the seat against the candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change, Augustine Ruzindana, and won overwhelmingly.
She was re-elected in March 2011 to another five-year term.
On 16 February 2009, Janet Museveni was appointed State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, by her husband, President Yoweri Museveni.
On 27 May 2011, she was elevated to Minister for Karamoja Affairs, complete with a State Minister for Karamoja Affairs.
On 6 June 2016, after her husband’s re-election as President, she was appointed Minister of Education and Sports.
She is a mother of four children: Muhoozi Kainerugaba – Born in 1974, Major General in the UPDF and Commander of Special Forces.
Natasha Karugire – Born in 1976, Fashion designer and consultant. Married to Edwin Karugire. Private Secretary to the President of Uganda for Household Affairs.
Patience Rwabwogo – Born in 1978, Pastor of Covenant Nations Church, Buziga, Kampala- Married to Odrek Rwabwogo.
Diana Kamuntu – Born in 1980, Married to Geoffrey Kamuntu.