Buddo Secondary School has retained its title as champions of the national post-primary schools music, dance and drama competition.
Buddo was crowned winner for the third time in row after the one-week festival in Mbarara last week. The 2017 competition was hosted by Ntare School, Mbarara High School, Maryhill High School and Bweranyangi Girls School.
Schools competed in poetry, traditional dances, drama, and instrumentals, among others under the theme Vision 2040: Harnessing Young People’s Potential for Uganda’s Social-Economic Transformation.”
The education ministry backed the competition along with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the United Nations Children's Fund. According to the commissioner for Secondary Education, Sam Kuloba, students from Buddo SS pulled off encouraging performances.
“So, the main theme of the competition was to encourage people to pay taxes and it came out so well with the presentation from Buddo SS,” Kuloba said.
“In whatever they did, you clearly understood what taxation was all about, but other schools also performed well this year.”
Some 49 secondary schools participated in this year’s competitions. Buddo SS was followed by Mackay College School in Nateete, Luzira Secondary School, Bweranyangi Girls Secondary School, Trinity College Nabbingo and Mbale Secondary School in the sixth position.
This year’s competitions also attracted at least 436 students from 20 schools in Kenya, up from 12 schools last year. Kuloba said the ministry would create a platform for Kenyan schools to compete with their local counterparts instead of being invited as guest participants.
As one of the sponsors, URA bought trophies for all the winning schools and distributed mathematical sets to every participant at the competition.
He said the taxation body had also pledged to assess the needs of Madera School for the Blind in Soroti with a view to renovating it, following an interesting poem presented by one of its blind female students.
“When you attend such events, you appreciate that Ugandan children have great and huge potential. If sponsors would come on board and tap into these talents, we would be very grateful,” Kuloba added.
The 2018 edition of the competition will be held in Lira district.