The 2nd annual Suubi music, dance and drama festival was held last Saturday at Kyasonko Primary school. Many of Suubi's partner schools had been waiting a full year, since last years event, to try improve on their performances. They certainly did not disappoint with all participants providing a day filled with rhythm, colour, movement and most importantly, fun for everyone.
Each of the schools were required to perform a poem, folk song, creative dance, traditional dance and short play all of which would educate the audience about the importance of 'Sanitation and health in schools.'
This theme had been chosen for the day after the recent opening of the Suubi Clinic. Staff from Suubi felt it was and ideal opportunity to pass on vital information about the importance of good sanitation and health in schools. Sanitation has a direct impact on the pupils’ academic performances. Poor pit latrine facilities and a lack of provisions for hand washing causes lots of disease including diarrhoea. This can easily then be spread throughout the school YET it is something that can be avoided if facilities are maintained well and proper hygiene is practiced at the school.
The students from the eight participating primary schools (OMDING, Sharon, Kyasonko, Busubi, Kyembazi, Kiswera, Namulanda and Bright Light) did a wonderful job of passing on this message to teachers, fellow students and parents who were thoroughly entertained at the same time!
Sharon Primary School students were an absolute hit with everyone when they preformed their traditional dance. The judges were so impressed they awarded them the winner of that category. They also took out top honours in the creative dance and original song.
One of the new entrants for this years event, Kyembazi Primary school, was awarded the runner up in traditional dance. Their colourful costumes put everyone in a loving mood.
Kyasonko Primary school proved to be a stand out with their poem and short play taking out first prize in both these categories.
Children from Omoding Primary school had a wonderful time on the drums as they backed up their fellow student throughout the course of the day.
With scores for each category tallied at the end of the day it was very exciting to see that last years runners up, Sharon Primary School, had been rewarded for all their practise throughout the year. They were awarded the overall winners of the 2nd annual Suubi Music, Dance and Drama Festival.
As was the case last year, a tour and full evaluation of all participating schools was held in the lead up to Saturday's event. A team from Suubi Centre, Jjuuko Richard, Niwamanya Elias and Najjuuko Zakia, were responsible for deciding which school would be awarded with the Best School Garden and Best Sanitation. The school gardens and sanitation facilities at our partner school are playing a vital role in demonstrating how families should do things at home. OMODING Primary school was thrilled to take out the honour in both these categories followed very closely by Kyembazzi. See full results of entire event below.
Students from OMDING Primary School were very proud to get their hands on the Suubi Centre trophy.
Overall Winner: Sharon PS
Traditional Dance: Winner - Sharon PS, Runner Up - Kyembazzi PS
Creative Dance: Winner - Sharon PS, Runner Up -Busubi PS
Original Song: Winner - Sharon PS, Runner Up - Kiswera PS
Poem: Winner - Kyasonko PS, Runner Up - OMDING PS
Short Play: Winner - Kyasonko PS, Runner Up - Kiswera PS
Best School Garden: Winner - OMODING PS, Runner Up - Kyembazzi PS
Best sanitation at a school: Winner - OMODING PS, Runner Up - Kyembazzi PS
With students, teachers and the wider community all having a wonderful time at last Saturdays event, it's terrific to know that the Ugandan's love of music, dance and drama is also helping to educate so many people at the same time.
We can't wait to see what the 2012 Suubi Music, Dance and Drama Festival brings!