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All about Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Uganda

Last week, the chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Prince Edward, visited Uganda on a three-day visit to grow awareness of the award, in addition to other causes.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Uganda on March 18 and paid a courtesy visit to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe where they discussed issues of mutual benefit, before Museveni agreed to be patron to the award in Uganda.

On March 19, together with the minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, King Charles III’s younger brother attended the award’s Africa Regional Conference at Speke Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo to highlight the vital role non-formal education and learning can play in a young person’s development, and to discuss the sustainability of the initiative in Africa.

Prince Edward chats with first daughter Diana Museveni (in a hat) and Marcellla Karekye, the director GCIC
Prince Edward chats with first daughter Diana Museveni (in a hat) and Marcela Karekye, the director GCIC

On Wednesday, his Royal Highness was hosted by the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga at Bulange-Mengo to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding that established a formal collaboration between Buganda Kingdom and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to encourage more young people to take part in the programme.

He then met students participating in the global Non–Formal Education and Learning programme and took part in an Award in Action trip at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, where award participants are currently volunteering.

He was welcomed by the state minister for Tourism Martin Mugarra, who took him around the zoo to view different animals, and even fed some of them. Prince Edward wrapped up his visit with an evening reception at the British High Commissioner to Uganda, Kate Airey’s residence in Nakasero.

Prince Edward feeds a giraffe at Uwec
Prince Edward feeds a giraffe at Uwec

During the reception, the national director of the Award in Uganda, Katende Mukiibi said, “The royal visit has come at a time when The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Uganda has set an ambitious plan of enabling as many young people as possible in all regions of the country to access the award. The Duke has not only enabled us to mobilise key stakeholders that will support the long-term sustainability of the programme but also re-emphasised the position of Non- Formal Education and Learning in the holistic development of young people.”

During his visit, Edward also interacted with Ugandan youth leaders during a youth dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals which was hosted by Kabojja International School, Buziga. The youth shared their positive impact in the areas of climate, IT, women empowerment and entrepreneurship.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Uganda is a non-formal education and learning framework that encourages young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

It was launched in Uganda in 1995, initially as the Source of the Nile Award Scheme. It has since expanded to reach young people in more than 20 districts in Central, Eastern, Northern and Mid-western Uganda and it has been delivered to more than 200,000 young people since inception.

The award is delivered through partner youth-focused organizations such as the Scouts, Girl Guides, Red Cross, Boys and Girls Brigades, and several uniformed and non-uniformed school youth groups, among others.



+2 #1 Kalibbala 2024-03-27 23:03
After elevating the Drunkard to a Four Star General and Commander of All Defense Forces, it is Now again Family Affair with The Devil Celebrating Himself as The Curse and Enemy of Humanity Responsible for the Massacre Of 10.000.000 Africans in The Great Lakes Region!

These Dukes are Themselves Blood Hounds Who were Involved in Enslaving Africans and Castrating Kenyans During The Mau Mau Rebellions !Birds of the Same Feather!!

Mr. Duke We want Reparations for the Last 1000 Years when you Declared Uganda Your Property and Forcing Our Ancestors

To Grow Coffee (Kibooko) and Cotton For Your Industries! Today You are Visiting your Puppet who deems to Own Uganda again and is Bent to Fulfill all Your Demands so long as your allow Him to Continue Killing Us Unabated!! May the Devil Strike Your Head..
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0 #2 Mubiru 2024-03-29 23:06
The late Queen Elizabeth the mother of Prince Edward owned more than 30 dogs belonging to the type of breed called Corgis.

If any of her servants made the mistake of just under feeding any of little bloody a
nimals they would be sacked immediately

In Uganda where Prince Edward enjoyed his working holiday Ugandans are killed like cockroaches by the very
man he paid courtesy call. British hypocrisy is amazing
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+1 #3 kabayekka 2024-03-31 11:42
Kalibbala and Mubiru you have a point. But the African Ganda tribespeople have a saying. Mulya Mamba abeera omu navumisa ekika ekitalya Mamba eyo!

The islamic religious fanatics do not eat pork do not drink alcoholic drinks but exactly what is on the ground? Prince Edward has a point and probably the Uganda government also for the suffering African children.

Many Uganda children unlike that one in the picture with a very nice hat and expensive sunglasses cannot afford the expensive formal education.

They are certainaly rotting away in the African villages suffering the informal education schemes their parents manage to put up for their upbringing!

Now that this world continues to change at a very fast rate of communication, it is high time these people making lots of money in educating children in this country introduced informal education through social media, radio and TV programmes. Taxes on smartphones for kids should be scraped and data given out to kids of very poor parents.
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2024-03-31 12:20
During the 1960s as the British were leaving this African independent country, there were community development centres with no-licensed TV, games and sports, and radio listening installed.

It is now 64 years and counting and such credible centres are out of existence! Formal education is the order of the day. And politics as a lucrative business is for the educated African elites who can provide formal education certificates of any kind.

It would have helped the attention of the whole world if this elusive Kattikiro of Buganda and the Buganda King to get into their expensive and well guarded vehicles to go and visit with this British royal and their press corps some of the poor and formal schools where children are studying under the shade of mango trees from the intensive heat of the tropical sunshine and heavy rain downpours! They could try to share a school meal with these kids whom they are anxious to award international medals.
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