By: Monday Akol Amazima
Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) will be holding the first national Kiswahili debate competitions for secondary schools in partnership with Uganda Cooperatives Alliance (UCA) on Saturday 21st October 2017. The competitions that shall be held at UBC gardens are aimed at promoting spoken Kiswahili among secondary schools students. According to UBC radio manager Bonabana Florence Rugadya and Allen Musimenta who are coordinating the event, this is being done in line with UBC‘s efforts to develop / promote Kiswahili in Uganda. Since 2013 the national broadcaster has been organizing national Kiswahili competitions.
In 2013 UBC organized the first national inter universities / colleges Kiswahili debate competitions that were won by NTC – Kabale. In 2015 UBC organized the national PTCs Kiswahili debate competitions that were won by Shimoni PTC and in 2016 there was a Kiswahili tourism gala that saw St Francis Primary School Ntinda emerge the winners in the primary school category and IUIU (Islamic University in Ugandan) emerge the winners in the university category. This year the competitions are for secondary schools where lucky winners shall win themselves a number of prizes that include though not limited to scholarships, scholastic materials and many others.
The CEO Uganda Cooperatives Alliance Ivan Asimwe says Uganda Cooperatives Alliance (UCA) as one way of reviving the cooperatives movement will be partnering with education institutions and support education related activities so that cooperative education can be included in the curriculum. He adds that it’s time for Ugandans to change their attitude on cooperatives and look at them as a vessel for sustainable development. The debate that is organized under the theme, cooperatives; a vessel for sustainable development of Uganda is among the many formal engagements UCA is having with education institutions. The competitions that shall be aired live on UBC RADIOs and TV have also been supported by ECOPADS, Kadama Widows Association, Nile Dialogue Platform, East African Labour College and UPDF’s UZIMA water among others.