By Bruno Manano
Zombo. Over 100 people are participating in the annual run for Girl-Child education in Zeu Sub-county in Zombo district.
The run is meant to avert the high dropout rates among girls in primary education in the Sub-county and district.
The Zeu annual marathon has been organized by Zeu Community in Kampala. One of the supporters Oyirwoth Shepherd said: “To support the girl child education in zeu sub-county. I can’t think of anything nobler.”
Zombo district has been faced with drop outs especially among girls and also parents abandoning their responsibility. Some of the parents want the government, under UPE and USE program, to provide everything needed for the education of their children. But this trend is dragging the education in the district.
Now the Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) launched a Shs 2.2 billion program to influence parents to provide scholastic materials for their children.
Speaking at the launch, the executive director CEFORD, Jean Asipkwe, said the failure to provide scholastic materials and feeding of children was a recipe to drop outs in schools. She said this negative attitude of parents would increase illiteracy in the communities.
“Teachers and the school administrators should initiate school feeding programs, lobby with the partners for support and provide space such as land, rooms for project activities and security to school properties delivered by the project. Parents should not abandon their responsibilities if we are to ensure retention and improved education,” she said.
Rupiny Ronnie Robert, who works with Red Cross in Nebbi district, said there was need to have more partnership for the Run in order to protect the runners from any injuries.