The Uganda initiative will have two main objectives:
Help Rising Stars has identified a forceful change maker living and working in the Nsambya neighborhood of Kampala, Peter Okware. Peter will lead and coordinate the implementation of our projects in the area. Please let us present our changemaker:
Peter was born in 1988 by two unprivileged parents in the Nsambya slums of Kampala, the third child out of seven siblings. Since his parents could not afford nurturing all their children, at the age of five Peter was sent to live with his grandparents in the east of Uganda.
After finalizing Primary school Peter´s parents decided to invest in Peter sending him to a high quality Secondary school while his siblings could only attend the cheapest schools or no school at all. They wanted Peter to learn by mixing with more privileged children, expecting Peter to help his siblings once he had grown up. Their intention was more than fulfilled since Peter has embarked on a journey to improve the life not only of his siblings but also of the children in the whole Nsambya slum area in Kampala.
Peter has by himself realized two impressive achievements:
“It must all start by improving the quality of teaching. With the exponential population growth in Uganda the country has not been able to keep pace and educate enough teachers and the children are suffering the consequences. My training program for teachers aims at providing teaching techniques for reading and writing although we also stress the importance of creating socially responsible children, covering issues like respect, gender equality, environment protection and much more. One of our main objectives is also to make teachers feel proud of their profession, today they are unfortunately placed very low on the social scale of the Ugandan society”.
“Children from poor families generally have a low self-esteem, we need to make them gain confidence. When my parents sent me to a Secondary school with children from more privileged families and when I realized that I was just as competent and able as they were, I became much more confident in myself. That has been very useful to me in life. My confidence helps me to take initiatives to realize my dreams and ambitions.”