12 Girls from Nwoya, Pakwach Districts Supported to Return to School

At least 12 Bright but disadvantaged girls from Nwoya and Pakwach Districts will now be able to return to school thanks to scholarships awarded to them by Total energies E&P Uganda.

The beneficiaries are part of a group comprising 30 learners from the district of Nwoya, Pakwach, Buliisa and Masindi who have been awarded scholarships covering two years of advanced-level education. The intervention is aimed at addressing the high dropout rates in the Tilenga Oil Project area.

David Martin Aliker, the Public Relations Coordinator for Total Energies Uganda says that the students were selected on merit based on their past performance in Last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education examinations. He says that they expect the students to advance the human resource development in the community that Total Energies Uganda is working with.

Aliker adds that the idea is an inclusion project to allow the students, especially best-performing girls to stay in school and advance their education.

While flagging off the beneficiaries of the scholarship in Anaka Town Council on Thursday, Nwoya District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Edema advised the students to keep their focus on their studies to achieve the objective of their opportunity. He cautioned them against indulging in activities that will derail them from their studies which will lead to automatic disqualification from the scholarship.

Paul David Okello, a parent whose son was awarded the scholarship to return to school lauded the initiative saying it came at the right time when he is facing financial challenges.

Laura Apiyo, a two-times beneficiary of the scholarship from Nwoya District who scored aggregate 17 in last year’s Uganda Certificate of Education says her dream is to become an engineer. She lauded the efforts by Total Energies to empower girls in advancing their education.

A total of 20 other students were also been awarded scholarships to study Ordinary level education last week by total energies. The beneficiaries comprise 10 students from Nwoya and 10 from Buliisa districts. At least 220 students have received the scholarship since its inception in 2015 in the districts of Buliisa, Nwoya, Pakwach, and Masindi where Total Energies is operating.

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