NBL to educate farmers’ kids (Translation)
21 January 2011
January 20, 2011
As the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) releases results of the 2010 PLE today, Uganda's leading brewer, Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), has announced it will annually sponsor the best pupils from rural schools in ten selected districts to study in top secondary schools across the country.
The annual NBL secondary school scholarship fund, which starts with the 2010 PLE candidates, will benefit gifted but poor children of rural farmers who supply sorghum and barley for the company, a company statement said.
"Our aim is to give equal opportunity to gifted children who are normally knocked out from quality schools by the high fees," said Onapito-Ekomoloit, NBL's Corporate Affairs Director.
"The unique aspect of our scholarship will be having a poor child from a deep rural village school rub shoulders with kids of the rich," Onapito added.
Nile Breweries has already secured the partnership of top secondary schools such as Uganda Marty's Secondary School Namugongo, Gayaza High School, Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School, Seeta High School, Kibuli S.S., St. Mary's College Kisubi, Namirembe Hillside High School, Kings College Budo, Namilyango College and Ntare School.
"It is interesting to know that Nile Breweries has come up to help girls (read: children) who excel but cannot continue with their education due to the inability to afford fees," said Mrs. Hajat A.M. Lubega, the headmistress of Nabisunsa Girl's Secondary School.
"We thank you for choosing our school and taking the initiative to help the academically gifted rural students," said N. Elias Mugisha, the Headmaster Namirembe Hillside High School.
The Nile Breweries "Equality Scholarship Fund" will be administered by the company's Nile Community Trust. Each year, beneficiaries from schools in targeted districts will be selected strictly on merit, based on their PLE results.
Nile Breweries has already secured the cooperation of UNEB in selecting the best performing pupils in the schools that will be competing for each year's scholarships.
The pioneer candidates will be the top 2010 PLE pupils from rural schools in the districts of Apac, Amuria, Bukwo, Kabale, Kibale, Kabermaido, Kapchorwa, Kumi, Pallisa and Serere.
*Dr. James Mulwana, Chairman (Ugandan) * Elly Karuhanga (Ugandan) * Nick Jenkinson, Managing Director (British) *Robin Goetzsche (South African) *Elwyn Whitley (South African) * Dave Carruthers (British)
This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [20/01/2011].