President Yoweri Museveni praised the Uganda Girl Guides Association (UGGA) for transforming lives and offering hope to millions via their volunteer work.
The Girl Guides Movement has had an impact on humanity, according to the head of state, by giving significant chances for girls and young women in education, empowerment, and leadership.
This was mentioned in a speech presented on his behalf by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the Uganda Girl Guides Association’s 100th anniversary jamboree held on Friday at Kololo Ceremonial Ground under the theme: 100 Years of Empowering Lives.
The President stated that the Ugandan government, through the Ministries of Gender and Social Development, Local Government, and Education and Sports, has been supporting the Girl Guides movement through their initiatives, particularly community service, and that this will continue to advance their work of transforming society.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabanjja, escorted by senior girl guides, tours stalls at the Uganda Girl Guides Association’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Kololo on Friday.
“As you celebrate 100 years of guiding, I want to encourage all girl guides to keep up the good work of changing lives.” “The government appreciates your contribution to our society’s social and economic transformation,” H.E Museveni said, adding that their initiatives on peace, environment, children’s rights, HIV & Aids, poverty, and hunger, among others, have made the young women active participants in efforts to make the world a better place for humanity.
He complimented the Girl Guides Association in particular for carrying on Baden-Powell’s aim of being content with what is available and spreading happiness to others as the best and true way to find happiness oneself.
The President noted that millions of Ugandans have benefited from girl-guiding training and have ended up being responsible and result-oriented citizens.
“It is easy to identify a girl guide in a crowd because they always stand out regardless of age. This has made the association unique over generations. You’re producing enlightened, tolerant and disciplined leaders for tomorrow” Gen H.E Museveni said.
He said the National Resistance Movement government placed the emancipation of women at the forefront of its agenda and the benefits of the supportive policies, laws are evident today.
The President called upon African countries with a high population of youth to inspire young people into creating a sustainable future by transforming the world and making it a better place than before.
“I do pledge my total commitment and that of my government to ensure that the Girl Guides Association continues to thrive, blossom and nature our young people,” he stressed.
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni who is also the patron Girl Guides Association, expressed her ministry’s gratitude for the work of Girl Guides in schools and pledged more support towards their cause of raising selfless future leaders.
In her remarks delivered on her behalf by the Assistant Commissioner Private Schools Policy Regulations at the Ministry of Education, Mr Mulindwa Ismail, the First Lady noted that the Ministry of Education will ensure that every school has a Girl Guide Club.
“We are going to engage the leadership of the Girl Guides to ensure that every school has this club and of course with members. It should no longer be an option,” Mr Mulindwa said.
According to the Chief Commissioner of Uganda Girl Guides Association, Suzan Namarome, the Uganda Girl Guides Association is committed to supporting the country’s efforts of building a better Uganda by empowering girls and young women to become confident and independent leaders.
The day according to Dr Unice Kateshumbwa, the chairperson of the organizing committee, marks the climax of Uganda Girl Guides Association centenary celebrations after a year-long series of activities launched in March last year by the First Lady Mama Janet Museveni.
At the same ceremony, First Lady Janet Museveni, Mama Miria Obote among others were recognized for their contribution, stewardship, wise counsel and unwavering support to the Girl Guide Movement, improving the status and supporting the cause of the girl child in Uganda.
The ceremony was also attended and addressed by the Council Chairperson of Uganda Girl Guides Association Santa Akulu Oketa, and the international commissioner of Uganda girl guides Association Iryn Nabifo. Special guests and representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Bangladesh also graced the event.
Uganda Girl Guides Association UGGA is a voluntary organization, affiliated with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) the largest single women organization in the world, targeting beneficiaries – girls and young women between the age of 3 and 35.
It is located in over 113 districts of Uganda with a total membership of 436,086 members from the ages of 3 onwards.