Teachers from Okollo and Anyiribu sub counties in Arua district expressed their gratitude after acquiring knowledge on Educational Opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

In a school sensitization organized by RICE-WN with funding from Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) under the theme, Education for a purpose, aiming at opportunities in the oil and gas sector held at Okollo Secondary School, the teachers and sub county leaders from Okollo and Anyiribu expressed ignorance about oil and gas, and the opportunities in the sector.

Participants keenly following the proceedings during the event

Participants keenly following the proceedings during the event

However after presentations on oil and gas basics and educational opportunities in the sector from oil experts from Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK), which included the Administrator of the Institute, Madam Harmony Asiimwe, they confessed having greatly benefited from the knowledge gained and promised to spread the good news to others and ensure that they send their children to benefit from the educational opportunities.

Hon. Alitema Hannington, the Chairperson LC III of Anyiribu sub-county promised to take his daughter who is currently in Senior Six to study petroleum studies. ‚She is currently doing sciences and I want her to do diploma in petroleum studies from your Institute‛, he quoted as saying to Madam Harmony.

‚Being a physics and mathematics teacher, I will make sure students appreciate sciences and offer it at ‘A’ level‛, noted Mr. Obitre Santus, a teacher from Okollo secondary school.

‚I never knew that doing this course in Kigumba was totally free of charge. Information is power indeed‛, one participant was heard gossiping to a colleague.

The school sensitization which was opened by the Resident District Commissioner – Arua, Mr. Peter Debele and closed by District Inspector Schools (for District Education Officer) drew over 50 participants including the LCIII Chairpersons of Okollo and Anyiribu, Hon. David Agbara and Hon. Hannington Alitema respectively, head teachers, senior women teachers, careers teachers and teachers from various schools in Okollo and Anyiribu Sub Counties, and head teacher, teachers and 50 selected students from the host school, Okollo secondary school.

Reported by Peter Andresile

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