Education is the process of learning through which human beings acquire and discover knowledge and skills. Education enlightens, empowers and create positive development to enable people work with the virtue. Since the discovery of education and its precious values that have enabled mankind to foster positive change of acquiring knowledge and skills that have seen better the various discoveries make education a tourism activity from inception.
On the 25th September, 1911 Busoga established Balangira School the present day Mwiri with both lower and higher sections which has become the present the center of education excellence given the available records as the oldest and first education tourism center in the region.
Thereafter many schools were set up by the missionaries and their sects such as Christians that saw the CMS (Christian Missionary Society) at Iganga, Muslims, local government and individual communities have all accordingly contributed a lot in the establishment of the present-day education institutions of Busoga.
With all the rich history the main challenge that has faced these great education resource centers are to maintain, improve and sustain their existence.
These schools have produced wonderful citizens from all walks of life. Presidents like His Excellence Obote Milton, Hon Prime Minister Rugunda, Professor Venansius Baryamureba and several engineers, doctors, geologist, teachers and a whole lot of other professionals that have done great both at personal and national level.
To join Mwiri are schools like Wakitaka Church of Uganda Primary School, Jinja SSS, Iganga SSS, Budini, Bukoyo, Kiira College Butiki, Jinja College. They too had produced pupils and students that have done great to the development of the country and society.
Education being a precious resource can only be acquired through established centers which need to be self-accounting and dearly be kept as heritage sites because it’s the only standard which has proved to transform society.
Busoga must remain focused to agree and set up a self-monitoring system where all people can access possible ways of how their various contributions may be received to further develop the education system like in the past the local freely gave in their land freely to set up most of the schools.
Therefore, corruption, nepotism and influence peddling must not manifest among the great children of Busoga the only means that must have them have a spirit of kindly giving back to the community.
This may be through building strong alma matter back to their former schools, participate in policy reforms and ensure all is executed in the best interest of the legal framework (law) such as the Education Act and other laws which make all accountable most especially the education leadership.
The writer (LAZARUS NAMADDU) is Politician/Environmentalist