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Chinese enterprises grant scholarships to Ugandan students 

WAKISO Uganda (Xinhua) -- Chinese enterprises in Uganda on Saturday awarded full scholarships to three financially disadvantaged students to pursue their secondary education.

Zheng Biao, representative of the China Enterprises Chamber of Commerce in Uganda, said the four scholarships by Mirembe Villas-Guoji Group(U) Limited, a housing enterprise, are part of the Chinese enterprises’ dedication to fulfilling social responsibility by funding financially disadvantaged but academically excelling students.

This sponsorship brings to a total of 155 Chinese enterprises scholarships at Luyanzi College in central Uganda in less than five years.

“I am happy our members (enterprises) play an active role in fulfilling their social responsibility in Uganda. We believe students are the future and development of this country,” said Zheng.

“We are looking for more cooperation between the Chinese enterprises, Ugandan local community and institutions like Luyanzi,” he said.

Shen Jie, Managing Director of Mirembe Villas, said the four-year sponsorship is part of the company’s long term cooperation and scholarship program to help disadvantaged students who can not manage to raise school fees to attain quality education.

“We have very many Chinese that are passionate to help the local people, especially in education sector. We believe through education students can get a brighter future and develop this country,” said Shen.

Zhao Xiufen, economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, said the scholarships will contribute to the economic and human resource development in the East African country.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Chinese enterprises help disadvantaged
students pursue education in Uganda

WAKISO Uganda (Xinhua) -- For many Ugandans, education is seen as a key to success. Many students drop out of school because their parents cannot afford to pay their tuition fees.

Betty Nakyobe, a senior three student at Luyanzi College in central Uganda, would be among the many seated at home if she did not get a helping hand from the Chinese enterprises in Uganda.

Nakyobe is among the 155 students who are benefiting from the Chinese enterprises scholarship program which started in 2013 at Luyanzi, a secondary school owned by a Chinese businesswoman, Wang Lihong.

“I see many students like me who need education but can’t afford. I am fortunate I got a Chinese sponsorship, otherwise I would be home because my parents couldn’t afford to pay my fees,” said Nakyobe.

Christian Kabito, a senior five student, sees the scholarship program as an opportunity to many academically excellent students but unable to afford tuition fees.

“If it wasn’t of the scholarship, I wouldn’t be at this prestigious and excellent school because my parents couldn’t be able to afford the school fees,” said Kabito.

Zheng Biao, a representative of the China Enterprises Chamber of Commerce in Uganda, sees education as critical to the development of Uganda.

“We believe students are the future and development of this country. We are looking for more cooperation between the Chinese enterprises, Ugandan local community and institutions like Luyanzi,” Zheng said.

Shen Jie, Managing Director of Mirembe Villas, one of the contributors to the scholarship program said education of disadvantaged student is important.

“We have very many Chinese that are passionate to help the local people especially in education sector. We believe through education students can get a brighter future and develop this country,” said Shen.

They were speaking at a function where Mirembe Villas gave four full scholarships for four years to students at Luyanzi.

Ismail Mulindwa, the commissioner for private schools and institutions at the ministry of education, said the scholarships would strengthen people to people relations and also boost bilateral ties between the two governments.

“We are very grateful for the scholarships. The scholarship enhance and promote the existing bilateral cooperation and relationship between Uganda and China,” said Mulindwa.

The scholarship beneficiaries are hopeful that if they perform better, they could get an opportunity to study in China.

“I look at it as a very big opportunity,” said Kabito. “We can tap their expertise and experience for the development of our country.”

“I have a dream of becoming a mechanical engineer and hope to do it probably in China,” he added.

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China to build youth skill training center in Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- China has pledged to set up a 26-million-U.S.-dollar industrial skills training and production center to help Uganda tackle its unemployment.

Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, said the facility, the first of its kind in Uganda, will be constructed at the Kampala Industrial and Business Park in Namanve to provide industrial training and production skills to the youths, the Chinese Embassy confirmed to Xinhua on Friday.

He said the facility will help Uganda address the youth unemployment and promote a shared vision on development.

“The center will equip Ugandan youths with much-needed skills to land decent jobs in the labor market. It’s conceived that with the joint efforts of China and Uganda we can expect more achievements in the new era,” said Zheng.

Unemployment rate in Uganda rose to 2.28 percent in 2016 from 2.15 percent in 2015, according to Uganda’s Bureau of Statistics.

Basil Ajer, director for small and medium enterprises at Uganda Investment Authority, said the youth center is part of the government efforts to promote the Buy Uganda and Build Uganda policy launched last year.

“We want to promote domestic investment and we will start with individuals or small and medium enterprises that have a component of value addition,” said Ajer.

At least 10 acres of land have been reserved for the proposed new youth skills center expected to be operational by June 2018.

The early beneficiaries of the project will be youths in the field of agro-processing, leather and textile, wood and carpentry.

Increasing Chinese investments in the East African country have been credited for helping solve the country’s unemployment problem.

Figures by the Uganda Chamber of Commerce show that over 40,000 jobs have so far been created by the Chinese enterprises in the country.

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Six Rwandese students killed in central Uganda road accident

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Six Rwandese students studying in Uganda were killed and five others critically injured in a late Saturday road accident in the central district of Nakasongola, a traffic police spokesperson said here on Sunday.

Charles Ssebambulidde, the directorate of traffic and road safety spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the fatal accident occurred after the driver of the commuter taxi the students were traveling in avoided a head on collision with another commuter taxi coming from the opposite direction, ramming into a broken parked truck at Kakooge along the Gulu-Kampala highway.

He said the commuter taxi was carrying 13 students who belong to the Banyarwanda Students Association at Kampala International University in the capital Kampala.

They were returning from attending a friend’s wedding party in the western town of Masindi.

“Five students died on spot. The sixth student died at hospital. The five critically injured students were evacuated to Nsambya Hospital for emergency treatment and further management,” said Ssebambulidde.

He said the bodies of the deceased students were taken to Luwero hospital for postmortem.

Ssebambulidde attributed the cause of the road accident to over speeding, careless and reckless driving.

Uganda registers at least 20,000 accidents with over 2,000 deaths each year, making it one of the countries with the highest road accident fatality rates in the world, according to police figures.

             

 

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