Former students of Uganda Martyrs SSS Namugongo have contributed Shs 10m towards the rebuilding of the school gate.
Yesterday, the old students handed over a Shs 10 million dummy cheque to the authorities at the ground-breaking ceremony at the school premises. The ceremony was spearheaded by Uganda Martyrs Old Students Association (Umosan).
Speaking at the ceremony, Umosan president, Aaron Ssemakula noted that this was a start of greater things for the school as old students come together to uphold the greatness of their school.
A visibly over-joyed headteacher, Rev Father Henry Kasasa received the former student’s contribution amidst wild cheers from members of staff.
The school gate reconstruction project is estimated to cost about Shs 40 million. The former students committed to raise the remaining Shs 30 million ahead of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations in June this year.
Asked why the old students chose the gate, Ian Ortega an old student noted that “a gate is symbolic in a sense that it’s the first thing you see as you join a school and it’s the last thing that meets your eyes as the school releases you into the world. We want all the people who’ve gone through the gates of Namugongo to always look at this symbol as the platform where their greatness was first brewed.”
The school was founded in 1967 and 50 years later, the school has positioned itself as one of the most successful and best performing Ugandan secondary schools.
As part of its expansion programme, the school has also started a Day Care and Nursery School for the Namugongo parish in an exchange program for farmland just above the school football pitch. This will enable agriculture students to conduct hands-on lessons.