Arua-Primary schools, bankers and other organisations working in the region are gearing up for the second edition of Girl Child Education Run.
The Run, according to Former Pioneer Miss Tourism for West Nile, Sheila Obia, is intended to support girls who have continued to drop out of schools.
“We intend to raise money through the run so that we support the needy girls in their education. Our region has high number of drop outs which we need to avert through sports,” she said today while addressing the press.
Last year, during the first edition of the Run, they collected Shs 3 million which money has been banked and selection of beneficiaries has already kicked off. Sheilla said already people are registering for the run that is expected to attract 500 runners.
She said from the road run, they would be able to offer education for parents who cannot afford to pay fees or buy scholastic materials for their children especially in primary schools.
The District Information Officer for Arua, Consolate Olemaru, said: “We have high number of dropout rates especially in rural schools where these girls lack the basic necessities to keep them in school. Some are married off early and we need concerted efforts through sports activities to ensure the rate is reduced.
Last year, eight girls from Adra primary school in Offaka Sub-ocunty were married-off before sitting for the Primary Leaving Examinations. The Runners, who are to pay Shs 20,000 for Corporates and Shs 10,000 for students and pupils, will gather at Arua Hill Primary school grounds on November 26.