AMUDAT: As a proverb says educating a girl child is educating the nation, well this slogan might be working very well from other regions such as central, western and part of eastern in the country, but it’s a different story in Amudat district in Karamoja region in the North Eastern Uganda.
A visit by this news website to Nabokotom primary school 8 killometers away from Amudat district headquarters eastern part towards the border of Uganda and Kenya, school girls move a distance of 12kilometers towards Kenya boarder to get access to water.
In fact this publication also learnt that the school releases pupils as early as 3pm instead of 4pm official time to allow pupils to go and look for water especially those in primary seven classes.
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The worst situation is that these girls live in an environment where their parents don’t value education than livestock. In Amudat district girls are married off at the age of 13 to 18 years to men who aged of between 60 to 80 years as long as they pay big number of livestock as bride price.
Around Nabokotom primary school, there’s a well functioning solar pump water system installed by Food and Agriculture, however due to negligence, the tank which could store water for the pupils to use fell down three years down the road and the district had never thought of replacing it.
A plastic 10,000 liter tank cost about Shs2million, but no body has thought of buying it. Speaking to this website one of the girls said last week one of her classmate was almost being abducted by men who had proposed to marry her but she refused.
This website could not fine any teacher to speak with.
Rt Major Betty Akello Otekat the resident district commissioner Amudat confirmed the school has a well functioning water system but faulted the district for just failing to buy a plastic tank.
“Can you imagine its just a plastic tank which is missing and the school will have water to save the lives of the girls at school”-says Akello
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