Bundibugyo district council has passed a resolution to enforce
feeding program in all schools in the district.
The resolution was passed during the council sitting on Wednesday.
The resolution was triggered by a petition from pupils of Kasithu Sub
County that demanded mandatory provision of lunch to primary pupils which was
handed over to the district speaker recently.
The pupils said their parents have continuously abused them by not effectively
supporting their learning especially the failure to provide them with lunch
Hardon Mbambu a primary seven pupil at Burambagira primary school
and Doreen Kabugho from Bumbwende primary school narrated before the district
leaders how access to feeding has remained a hurdle.
"My parents don’t want to know whether I am hungry or not, when I come
back from school I always go to the community and look for money to eat while
at school the next day,” Mbambu said.
Bundibugyo LCV Chairperson Ronald Mutegeki supported the pupils arguing that
implementation of feeding program in schools would enhance better academic
performance of the district which has been grappling with poor performance for
a long time.
Mutegeki also supported the need to offer lunch to primary school pupils. He
said school management committees together with parents and teachers’
associations must be tasked to find modalities of how each child will get
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Florence Biira, the district female youth councillor said there is need to
sensitize the community about embracing family planning methods to avoid
producing children which they cannot manage to provide for.
Biira also asked farmers to grow food crops to increase food security rather
than depending on cocoa and vanilla.
“We have engaged very much
in concentration of producing cash crops where we have cocoa, coffee and
vanilla but we have forgotten the fact that we need to increase on food
production,” Biira said.
Bundibugyo Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Umari Muhanguzi
applauded the district council for the resolution pledging full support.
Muhanguzi said it was quite unfortunate that parents in Bundibugyo
who are relatively not so poor owing to the fact that most homesteads have
cocoa plantations have not bothered to provide even basic needs for their
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Alex Tumwesigye, the headteacher welcomed the resolution. He said
the feeding program had earlier started at this school but was later stopped by
“We sat with parents and we discussed about feeding program, they
responded positively in the first week but they started complaining that there
is no money because the cocoa season has ended, and the program was stopped,” said
Tumwesigye hopes the district resolution will go a long way in redefining the mind-set
of parents towards providing for their children when they are at school.