Seven Hills Run Gives Hope to Kampala Schools

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The runners were flagged off from Pearl Africa Primary School in Nsambya by NSSF Board Chairman Patrick Byabakama, KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi and Harsh Master Miria Rugomwa. They braved the rain to traverse a 21-kilometre route that covered the seven historical seven hills of Kampala namely Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya.

Hundreds of professionals braved the morning drizzle to take part in the Kampala Hash Seven Hills Run, an initiative aimed at raising 240 million Shillings to improve sanitation and renovate structures in select schools under Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA.

The funds will benefit over 40 primary schools with a student population of 70,000 pupils over the next three years. According to KCCA, Majority of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools in Kampala have dilapidated classrooms and have no access to clean and safe water.

The run was organized by KCCA in partnership with National Social Security Fund and Kampala Hash House Harriers, a group of professionals from different organizations in Kampala.

The runners were flagged off from Pearl Africa Primary School in Nsambya by NSSF Board Chairman Patrick Byabakama, KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi and Harsh Master Miria Rugomwa. They braved the rain to traverse a 21-kilometre route that covered the seven historical seven hills of Kampala namely Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya.

KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi said several schools around the city are in dire need water facilities, toilets, furniture, computers and roofing among other necessities. Musisi added that the support from today's event will go a long way in making KCCA schools better.

"KCCA is in charge of 79 UPE schools in the city. Schools that provide education to children who would otherwise not have education, we have been in a process to revamp these schools and the ‪‎NSSF Hash Run will help take care of provision of clean water for them" Musisi said.

She added that; "only 43 percent of KCCA schools meet the recommended pupil - toilet stance ration. On average, 57percent don't meet the required standards and 69 percent of schools don't have provisions for children with special needs."

NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba thanked the Hashers for participating despite the early morning rain.

"The aim of the NSSF-Hash Run is to raise money to renovate structures and provide some rain water harvesting tanks for a number of KCCA schools. That is a big number so it is a really big cause," Byarugaba told the runner's moments after the completion of the race.

KCCA has a supervisory mandate to oversee education service delivery on behalf of government in Kampala. The obligation covers pre-primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.  There are over 2000 education institutions in Kampala City.

 

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Sylvia Nankya
Sylvia is an Editor and Media Trainer with Uganda Radio Network. She has been a URN staff member since 2013. Sylvia has previously worked as a reporter and news anchor with Radio One (2001-2009) and with Vision Group (2009-2011). Six of her active years in Journalism were spent covering the Parliament of Uganda.

Over the past few years, Sylvia has worked to promote the positive development of societies recovering from conflict through training journalists on choices of stories, how they report issues and use of appropriate language in covering conflict and post-conflict situations.

She is an Alumni of RNTC- Holland, Les Aspin Centre for Government at Marquette University-WI, USA and a Community Solutions Fellow.