As part of Stanbic’ s Employee Community Involvement programmes, the Finance department has donated over 600 books worth over Shs10 million, 5 computers and a printer to St. Mbaga Tuzinde Primary School as they strive to improve learning and teaching conditions for both the students and teachers.
While handing over the department’s contribution recently, Sam Mwogeza, Stanbic Bank’s Chief Financial Officer emphasized that promoting education is a major focus for the bank’s corporate social investments.
He said, “Education is an integral part of the bank’s objectives in fostering socio-economic development. We need to encourage the advancement of education at all levels to give children today the foundation for their success tomorrow. It is also essential to provide equal opportunities for every child and quality education to foster their development through a variety of learning opportunities.”
St. Mbaga Tuzinde Primary School is a government-funded school supervised by Kampala Capital City Council with a population of 761 students comprised of both a nursery and primary sections.
Mwogeza said, “We believe that schools such as these that are looking to build a future for our next generation of leaders, but with challenged resources require our collective support to provide quality education, which is a human right. They are faced with challenges like inadequate facilities and lack of funding, among others, that hinders the progress of educational development in our country.”
According to the State of Education in Africa report 2015, more students than ever before in history are enrolled in schools throughout Africa and yet the pipeline of trained teachers, instructional materials, and infrastructure development have not kept pace with the heavy demand. Rising enrolment rates have drastically outpaced education funding, resulting in shortages of instructional materials and supplies, poorly stocked libraries and the overuse of school facilities.
While receiving the bank’s contribution, the school’s head teacher, Winfred Byansi said the school has been faced with several challenges that have directly affected the teacher’s ability to nurture the pupils.
She said, “We are more than grateful to Stanbic Bank for having come out to support us with this generous contribution. We believe that this support will have an extremely huge impact on the quality of education for the students and also improve creativity, innovativeness and learning in the classroom.”
In his closing remarks, Mwogeza commended the school management for a job well done and thanked them for the warm welcome the bank staff received. He said, “Stanbic Bank is committed to transforming lives of people in our communities and this all starts from providing better learning opportunities and a conducive environment for the pupils and teachers.”