After more than a month of training, under the guidance of Masaka Scout leaders, Mr. Mugagga Andrew, Musoke Stephen and Mawejje Henry Hescom, 59 students from Suubi Secondary & Vocational College were thrilled to successfully graduate today. The culmination of all their hard work was made even more special when Tropical Bank Uganda agreed to support the SSVC students and staff to attend a Harvest Fest at SOS Children's Village in Entebbe. The bank had organised this very special event for SSVC, Oxford primary school Kawempe Kampala and SOS children, in line with their philosophy “We are part of the community that we serve.” This type of support gives worthy schools and organisations, who would otherwise struggle to afford to participate in such activities, exposure to experiences they can learn from, at the same time as for-filling the banks corporate social responsibility to give back to the community. For many of our students this was their very first time to leave the village and travel to the city, so we are enormously grateful to Tropical Bank and their partners for organising such a special day that everyone is sure to remember for years to come.
With the event due to start very early in Entebbe, the decision was made that SSVC students and staff attending the event would stay at the school compound overnight. This was to ensure that everyone would be ready for the necessary 4am start for the long journey.
A campfire was organised at SSVC compound and everyone got in to celebration mode as they played drums and danced the night away as they waited for the buses to leave.
At 4am the students excitedly lined up to board the buses that would take them for their big adventure to the city.
By 8.30am they were arriving at Entebbe in readiness for their big day.
While the main focus of the day was to graduate the SSVC scouts, there were many other activities, including music, dance and games to ensure the students had a fun filled day. The SSVC’s chicken project was also the talk of the day as the idea was shared with the other schools and NGO's in attendance. Many people appreciated the initiative and promised to learn more from the documentary that Mr Idris (Tropical Bank, deputy manager) and his film crew had created in February.
All students who attended were given a T-shirt and sun visor by the bank. They were also provided with food and drinks for the day, thanks to the generosity of the banks partner sponsors, Cafe Javas, Britannia and Lake Victoria Hotel.
Students lined up to participate in one of the first games of the day, the sack race.
Their was lots of laughing but also a very healthy amount of competition.
The wheelbarrow races were also a hit.
As is the case with scouting's many life lessons, a lot of the activities required students to co-oparate with each other to achieve success.
While the students enjoyed the games, many of the attending schools administrators and NGO's, including the KLM group, were keen to learn more about the SSVC chicken project for Suubi Centre director, Ssemwogerere David.
It was soon time to move on to the offical part of the day that was presided by the guest of honour, Mpamire, who is popularly know as Museveni thanks to his remarkable resemblance of the Ugandan President.
SSVC students were presented to the offical party.
SSVC staff members, Robert, Lydia, Shanitah and Israel were then officially inducted as scouting leaders,
before each of the 59 SSVC students were individually presented with a scouting tie from Mpamire to mark their graduation.
Being sworn in as the SSVC scouting group was very proud moment for everyone involved and surly created a memory that will always be treasured.
Our enormous thanks goes Mr. Idris who has been the driving force in getting the SSVC scouting group off the ground. He has been involved with scouting or over 40 years and saw that SSVC's philosophy of enabling our students to help themselves is clearly in line with the scouts principles. This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long and rewarding association with the scouting movement and the Tropical Bank of Uganda.