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Rural Stars Scoop More Nile Breweries Scholarships

1 March 2012

Ten more academically gifted children from largely poor rural Uganda families have joined elite secondary schools courtesy of Nile Breweries Limited, Uganda's beer market leader.

The rural primary seven leavers from across the country join Nile Breweries Limited's "Equality Scholarship," which the company started in 2011 to allow children of their sorghum and barley farmers study in the most coveted secondary schools.

The beneficiaries were selected by the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB), based on the Primary Leaving Education (PLE), 2011. Twenty one children are now benefitting from the scholarship.

Nile Breweries is partnering with academic giants St. Mary's College Kisubi, Kings College Budo, St. Mary's Secondary School Kitende, Gayaza High School, Nabisunsa Girls School, Ntare School, Namirembe Hillside, Namilyango College, Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Namugongo, and Seeta High School to offer the scholarship.

These schools offer concessionary entry cut off points from the rural pupils, provided they pass PLE in Division One.

"What we have done is to remove the financial barrier between these academic geniuses but financial dwarfs and their counterparts from rich families," said Onapito-Ekomoloit, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nile Breweries Limited.

"Imagine one of these kids scored aggregate 6 but had only the clothes on his body as he came to be taken to the elite secondary school," Onapito said.

The "Equality Scholarship" covers school fees, all scholastic requirements, bedding, clothing and pocket money too.

The districts whose rural children benefited from the 2012 scholarship intake included: Budaka, Bukedea, Bundibugyo, Dokolo, Hoima, Katakwi, Kisoro, Kween, Lira and Zombo.

"The NBL scholarship has restored hope to the poor children who wanted to join top secondary schools," said Rashid Lwate, a school representative from Bugembe Tea Estate School in Hoima.

He said Matia Tagababyona, one of beneficiaries, an orphan from Hoima District, had opted to join a rural day secondary school but was not even sure of the school fees.
 
Tagababyona is now admitted at St. Mary's Secondary School Kitende under the Nile Breweries Scholarship.
The other 2012 beneficiaries are: Rachael Nyaketcho from Bukedea; Katherine Muhindo from Bundibugyo; Ronald Opio from Dokolo; Joseph Ekellot from Katakwi; Silvan Nsabimana from Kisoro; Victor Zesiri from Kween; Joseph Ogwang from Lira and Brian Nyingambe from Zombo.

"Equality Scholarship" is only one of the Nile Breweries Limited corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives in its supply chain. The company implements also provision of clean water; health programmes, enterprise training and environment protection through tree planting.

Nile Breweries is a subsidiary of SABMiller, the world's second largest brewer by volume. It is listed on both the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. SABMiller has a very strong commitment to sustainable development.

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [01/03/2012].

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