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    HIV SPREADING FAST IN TEENS: AIDs Commission Asks Government For More Funds



    Rauben Twenomujuni, the Head of Communication and Advocacy at Uganda AIDs Commission

    The Uganda AIDs Commission together with New world Entertainment Launched a new film titled ‘Akajegere’ at Bat Valley theater to help teach on how youths and adult can protect themselves from getting HIV negative and how those already with the disease can stay longer.

    Rauben Twinomujuni, the Head of Communication and Advocacy Uganda AIDs Commission told the Grapevine that a Report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that the spread of HIV in teenagers in Uganda is increasing.

    “In Uganda more than 1.5 Million People are HIV positive, 52,000 People gets HIV every Year and more than 1000 People get HIV every week. Unfortunately, the Commission Run out of Money to sensitize the public across the country. Our mandate is to fight HIV through various sensitization campaigns on the disease, that is why we are calling upon the Government to put more Funds so that the Commission can reach every Individual in every corner of this Country,” Rauben said.

    He added that, “we have been putting a lot of focus on Radios, Televisions and newspapers to spread our messages, however, we have decided to use another method of sensitization Films. and ‘Akajegere’ after realising that majority gets HIV in terms of chain.

    Some of the actors in the movie ‘Akajegere’

    “When you look at ‘Akajegere’ film, a young HIV+ girl who is a maid in a home infects a whole Family. She starts with sleeping with her Boss, from the boss to his son and then to the young Brothers of her boss that are always visiting the home, at the end of it all the maid has infected a chain of people who will also move and infect others hence increasing the spread of the disease. This film will help us teach people how you can get HIV through chain.”

    He pointed out that the commission is also preparing to start visiting different schools across the Country sensitizing students on HIV dangers especially Girls.

    “The spread of HIV has increased in teenagers especially in girls below the age of 24. This has been accelerated by  increased poverty in many families which has led to parents failing to mentor their children especially girls, these girls have in the end become money minded and hooked sugar daddies, some of these sugar daddies are sick.”

    He advised couples to make sure that their partners have been tested and that they know their HIV status.

    “If you don’t respect your Life, life will give you a Disease that you will respect for the rest of your Life.”

    Joanita Kawalya, the coordinator of ‘Akajegere’ film said that HIV can be found everywhere in society today so Ugandans should be vigilant.

    “Many young Girls who are infected spread the disease out of revenge especially at University Level, there is also a wrong analogy that Pregnancy is more Deadly than HIV. Our people should know that HIV destroys ones life and future unlike a pregnancy,” Joanita said.

    She added that young girls and boys nowadays are welcoming Sex at an early age urging parents to start training and teaching their children about the dangers of early sex because charity begins at home.



    By Andrew Visper



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    We Don’t Need To Be Threatened – President Museveni Warns Teachers Union Leaders…



    President Tibuhaburwa Museveni

    President Museveni has assured teachers and key players in the education sector to stop using threats while pressurizing him into reopening learning institutions.

    During celebrations of the National Teacher’s day at Kololo, Museveni said they don’t have to be threatened.

    “”This lockdown time was for survival and am proud that we shielded our people from dying. We don’t need to be threatened. Why do you threaten me?” he asked.

    Museveni was responding to issues raised by Filbert Baguma the Secretary General Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) regarding the economic troubles faced by teachers who were put out of work as well as the increase in teenage pregnancies among the female learners who are stuck at home.

    “In Brazil they reached 600,000 deaths who died of corona. Here we have only seen 3000 deaths in one year and seven months. You think that is not important?” he asked.

    Having maintained total closure of learning institutions since March last year, Museveni says safeguarding the lives of learners supersedes any other concerns raised by stakeholders.

    “No amount of lost time is greater than lost lives,” he noted giving himself as an example of how he fought in the bush war to stabilize the country first.

    “The problem is some of you have not seen problems. I had to interrupt my life for 8 years in Tanzania fighting Idi Amin. Then 5 years in the bush that’s a total of 13 years. Is anybody better off than myself, the one who lost 13 years,” he emphasized.

    “The thing was to survive. Even if I lost time, if there is such a big danger it’s better than dying,” he added.

    Museveni emphasized that when they went to fight, some of the children left school and joined them in the bush and when they came back after many years of fighting, they started a Kadogo school in Mbarara and called them to resume their abandoned studies of which many of them are now doctors and what not.

    “You cannot compare death with losing time, jobs, money. That is reversible. I can lose today but tomorrow I will regain what I lost. But death is irreversible,” he said.

    First Lady and Minister of Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni revealed that so far 60% of the teachers have been fully vaccinated.


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    Higher Education Students’ Financing Board Awards 11,187 Students With Education Loans…



    HESFB Executive Director Michael Wanyama

    The Higher Education Student’s financing board led by Executive Director Michael Wanyama has awarded loans to a total of 11,187 beneficiaries, 9,632 undergraduate degrees and 1,555 undergraduate diplomas.

    The board with funding from Government of Uganda set aside UGX6Billion to support 1500 new cohort of student loan beneficiaries and at least 100 continuing students in Academic year 2021-2022.

    “Beneficiaries to study 130 degree programmes and 76 undergraduate diploma courses mainly in Science Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) programmes,” he said.

    “These are programmes which have been identified in the subsequent National Development Plans as essential for Nation Development and critical in filling the current human resources gaps in the country,” he added.

    Wanyama noted that persons with disabilities can access loans to pursue any accredited Programme of their choice including Business and Humanities Programmes under affirmative action.

    “These courses are currently tenable at 22 Chartered Universities (10 public and 12 private) and 36 other Tertiary institutions in Uganda. The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has since 2014 been implementing the Student’s Loan Scheme, where qualified Ugandan students Loans in a bid to increase access to Higher education,” he said.

    He added, “I therefore announce to all prospective applicants that the Board is now open for applications for the 8th Cohort on the study loans under the Student’s Loan Scheme from eligible Ugandan students who have been admitted under the listed Undergraduate Diploma and Degree programmes for the Academic Year 2021-2022 in the Public Universities, Private Chartered Universities and the listed Other Tertiary Institutions.”

    About the Student’s Loan Scheme.

    The Higher Education Students Financing Board disburses fees to the successful Needy Students on a straight line basis and upon completion of Studies, they are offered a Grace period of 12months after which the maximum repayment period is twice the study duration.

    The scheme has added to the National stock of applied scientists in the four major areas of the Economy where in Health, the scheme has supported the training over 3,000 Health and Medical Personnel, over 2,000 Science teachers, 1,000 Agricultural experts and close to 3,000 Engineers among others.

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni Halts Transfer Of Secondary School Teachers…



    Education Minister Janet Museveni (Photo: Internet)

    The Minister of Education and Sports spokesperson Mr. Dennis Mugimba has disclosed that the First Lady who also doubles as the senior education Minister, Janet Museveni has halted the transfer of secondary school teachers with immediate effect.

    While addressing media today, Mr. Mugimba said the Minister made the decision after noticing inconsistencies in the transfer exercise which was marred by delays in getting the teachers on payroll, replacing the transferred teachers some of who have failed to report to new schools they have been relocated to.

    “The Minister of Education and Sports received credible information that the way secondary school teachers in government schools are transferred, was having many gaps,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    “It’s against this backdrop that the minister decided that the transfer exercise is halted for the time being until the loopholes have been fixed,” he added.

    Mr. Mugimba held, “She instructed that as a ministry we temporarily stop the transferring of secondary school teachers with immediate effect until an exercise which is going to be conducted by the Education Service Commission takes place.”

    He emphasized that this exercise will identify how long the teachers on payroll have actually been there and how many contract staff are in each school.

    “The validation exercise is expected to begin once secondary schools are reopened following a pronouncement by President Museveni,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    He also revealed that the ministry has trained 54 national trainers to train local governments about the Standard Operating Procedures that should be observed in educational institutions of learning amid planned reopening of schools.

    “We trained them about the issue of roles, who does what to ensure that our institutions of education are complying with these SOPs especially the role of the headteacher or the head of institution that is the principal, vice chancellor in ensuring compliance with SOPs,” he said.


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