Nyakasura School. The boys in kilts, that is what many, who are conversant with the school, think of.
Well, the school’s old students have since grown into men and women of power. Last Friday, they gathered at Kampala Serena hotel for a get-together dinner aimed at raising funds for their beloved school in Tooro.
The school started by Ernest Ebohard Caldwell in 1926 has of recent struggled, thanks to the breakdown of some of the facilities that have produced brilliant minds through the years.
The long list of successful alumni include; business mogul and old students’ chairman, Patrick Ebohard Bitature, Tim Lwanga, Beatrice Kiraso, Justice Patrick Tabaro, Margaret Muhanga, Kajabago Ka-Rusoke, Adolf Mwesige and Andrew Mwenda among many others.
However, different challenges, as listed by the current headmaster and alumnus, Frank Manyindo, are responsible for the school’s poor performances for a number of years.
He pointed out the water supply problem due to failure of the pumping system, leaking structures where some roofs are still asbestos. So, the night was more than catching up on old times and reminiscing their days at the school.
It was time to wine and dine while raising funds to contribute towards bringing back the school’s glory of the 70s. The fundraising dinner is set to be annual, according to Judith Mukiidi, who heads the mobilization team.
For now, the target is to raise Shs 1.6bn for phase one of the project, expected to last three years. Before the dinner, a charity walk, football match and golf were played in Fort Portal towards the same cause.
By the end of the night, Shs 60m was raised in cash, of which Shs 50m came from the minister of Education, Janet Museveni, represented by minister Adolf Mwesige. Total pledges were Shs 55m.
One of the old boys stole the show at Serena by turning up in the school’s unique uniform – a kilt that was 20 years old.
Current students entertained guests with a number of dances including the ballroom dance which was a preserve for the A’ Level students in the school’s golden days.