The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commissioned a Science Education to Enhance Development (SEED) institute at Great Lakes Regional College in Kanungu which will be a centre for the training of secondary school science teachers in the region.
The Institute worth about Shs1 billion was donated by Uganda Development Initiative under the vision Dr Paul and Jessica Schendel and the child to family community development organization ( CHIFCOD) trustees.
Rugunda was in Kanungu to represent President Yoweri Museveni at the 5th Graduation ceremony for Great Lakes Regional College on Saturday where 336 students were awarded certificates and diplomas of Nkumba University in disciplines such as agri-business, sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship.
President Museveni in his message delivered by the Prime Minister said the developments at the College demonstrate that great things can be achieved with clear vision, strategy, analysis and involvement of the community.
The President congratulated Rev. Dr Hamlet Kabushenga, trustees, staff of the college and the Kanungu community for the transformational achievement.
He said higher education sector was critical in the development of the country, adding that the quality of education from institutions of higher learning determines the quality of human resource the country can offer to the world.
Museveni said an empowering policy to visionaries by the NRM Government had led to the increase of universities from one (Makerere University) in 1986 to more than 40 universities.
“Investors who establish investments such as industries and schools are critical for the prosperity of the country. NRM Government holds in high esteem entrepreneurs like Kabushenga,” said the President.
Museveni said universal primary and secondary education had increased Uganda’s literacy rate to over 60%, adding that the country’s literacy rate was among the best in the region.
The Founding Chancellor of the College Rev. Dr Hamlet Kabushenga thanked President Museveni for the peace, stability and visionary leadership which had enabled entrepreneurs like him to bring vocational and university education to remote communities.
“I would like to caution especially the youth who did not have a taste of pre-Museveni Uganda to think carefully when people seeking the presidency claim that leading Uganda is as easy as changing a bus driver,” Kabushenga said.
He also appealed to Government to support the college in building extra teaching facilities and the college main hall.
The Vice-Chancellor Great Lakes Regional College, Dr George Tumwesigye said the National Council for higher education was in the process of granting the college, a private university status.
He assured Government that the University will implement the Skilling Uganda programme to make Ugandans more of job creators than job seekers according to vision 2040.