Pupils of Ngetta Girls Primary School in Lira district felt excited at a function to commemorate The Day of the African Child on Saturday.
The event was organized and supported by Greening Spectrum, an organization advocating for conservation of the environment through tree planting. Dozens of trees were planted to commemorate the day.
The pupils, among them those blind and the visually impaired and who could not make it to the District celebration venue at Okwalamara Primary School in Ogur Sub County, Erute North felt excited when Greening Spectrum treated them to celebration mood from their school.
Speaking during the occasion, Bua Emmanuel, the coordinator Greening Spectrum for Lango Sub region who also doubles as a board member of the school, said the school was chosen in accordance with this year’s theme: “Leave No Child Behind in the African Development Program.”
“When we started the discussion on which school to pick to bring these seedlings and plant, we thought about an inclusive school basically because the day of the African child today is based on the theme-leave no child behind in the African development programs which is in line with the Development Agenda 2030 that the World is focused on. But as Ngetta Girls, we have experienced a number of challenges in trying to help these children to come and be able to gain their real potential,” Bua said.
He added: “Even when government tries as much as possible to help the needy children, the community is still not supporting.”
“You have the communities that are very negative starting from the very household; the very parents to these children. They doubt whether they have enough potentials to become someone in the society, to join the mainstream and as a result you find that there must be some force to follow these parents down to track these children and once you have identified the child, it’s troublesome getting the child to school and of course even if they (parents) get their children to school, their participation is bad; first of all you have the visitation days which they rarely pay attention to. Even today as I talk, government has done a number of things to ensure that we achieve a mile stone in ensuring that all these children receive equal opportunity but still the attitude of the society has a lot to be worked on,” Bua explained.
Joy Acheng, a blind pupil who spoke on behalf of others said the trees planted on Saturday is a symbol of love for the special needs children and it will be of great help to them.
“The trees that you have brought for us will be helping us because we are the ones who are going to benefit from it and I want to thank you for that. We are saying that you continue helping us. That means you love Ngetta Girls and that you love children with special needs and am asking you to continue being and keeping us because if you continue doing that, we shall be happy, thank you,” Acheng applauds Greening Spectrum.
Last week, Greening Spectrum launched a project dubbed: “One Tree Per Child”, an initiative aimed at planting more trees in schools in entire Lango sub region schools. The launch took place at Adyel division head quarters.
After the launch, two schools
in Otim Tom and Ngetta Girls have benefited.
Speaking during the launch last week, Mrs. Adeline Elem, the Director Greening Spectrum called upon parents and the general public to plant trees and even children. The organization promised to support the initiative for future development.