A recent school activity at Chadwick Namate Primary school in Entebbe gave me more inspiration to keep doing this.
Chadwick Namate is one of the oldest schools in Entebbe Municipality. It has a population of 1270 pupils making it the second largest government UPE School in Entebbe. This is one of the schools where TEU did the basic needs assessment but also, the school has a lot of vulnerable and underserved children studying there.
The objective of the visit was to interact with the teens and discuss some life issues. Being the first meeting in this school, the discussion focused on understanding ourselves in terms of our goals and aspirations. During the discussion the Teens shared what they want to be in future and the people they admire. Below are selected views from some of the teens in their own words:“When I grow up I want to be a farmer but also a great footballer. Madam Betty I admire you, you are a free woman,” says Kasaija Edward, 15, years, P5
“When I grow up, I like to be a good footballer like Wayne Rooney of Manchester United FC”, says Ssewalu Julius“I want to be a teacher when I grow up that's why I like reading my books. I also want to be like my mother because she cooks good food”, says Namirembe Teddy, P5 North
Nakiwala Jamila 12 years, P5 North says: “when I grow up I want to be a soldier and to help people. I do not want to be a killer”.
“I love praying and eating with others. I don’t like fighting with other children. When I grow up, I want to be a queen because queens can lead people” ,says Hajara Tibitendwa, P5 South.
“I like my parents and friends. I don’t like sex when I’m still young. I hate defilement. When I grow up I want to be like Betty Kagoro….” Sylvia, P5“My dream is to become a bank manager or a pilot. I don’t want to be uneducated. I want to be like Barak Obama because he has changed people’s lives”, says Kakize Bashir, P5 North
Twenty- two teenagers aged between 11 and 15 had big dreams. They believe they can reach them but only and only if we adults play our to care, nurture and guide them in the right direction. The young people during the discussion also mentioned: lack of schools fees, defilement, killing children, mistreatment from step parents and dropping out of school due lack of interest among the major challenges they face in their communities. However, all that aside most touching was the fact that some Teens wrote saying that they want to be like Betty Kagoro!! That was so inspiring, energizing but also challenging for me as a person and TEU founder to ensure that the programs continues. The Teens also requested that we establish a Teen Empowerment Club (TEC) at their school, something management might consider.Bringing a positive influence into a young lives has become an obscession and certainly, that's what theTEU program is all about. Our work is intended to have a profound effect deep into future generations. As you read this blogpost, you may realize that you too can become a good mentor. It is not hard to become a teen mentor. You only need to be a kind of person that really enjoys the company of young people because young people look for people who will accept and like them. They have a natural desire to be a part of a group and feel like they belong. This makes them easy for a mentor to engage.
I believe that continuing with these programs will positively impact the young people in this school.
Long Live Teens of Chadwick Namate School, Long Live TEU!!!