MTN Uganda Foundation Launches Education Support Towards Toroma Peas High School

MTN Uganda Foundation Launches Education Support Towards Toroma Peas High School

Through its Community Social Responsibility (CSR) arm MTN Uganda Foundation, over the weekend launched three class room blocks constructed at Toroma PEAS High School. The launch was presided over by the MTN Uganda Foundation Chairman, George Egaddu.

While opening the brand new classroom blocks, Egaddu that, “The MTN Uganda Foundation is tasked with finding the right developmental partners to ensure that the impact of our different corporate social investment activities reach the right recipients. It gives us immense pleasure to partner with like-minded development partners like PEAS to see that our plans for a better community are realized.”

In attendance were PEAS senior staff, District Officials, LC5 Chairman, MTN Uganda Senior Management and regional MTN staff, as well as the Director, Headmaster, staff, parents and students of Toroma PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) High School.

MTN’s George Egaddu plants a tree to commemorate the launch and handover of three brand new classroom blocks fully fitted with furniture at PEAS Toroma High School.

“We recognize the important role that the School Management, Headmaster and Staff play in ensuring that our children receive the best education that they have been signed up for. I challenge you to remain good custodians of the new facilities that are now entrusted under your care. It is one thing to have numbers enrolled, but good performance is also key,” said Egaddu.

In his remarks, the acting Country Director PEAS, Edison Nsubuga thanked the MTN Foundation for the generous support towards education of Ugandan children and the special partnership with PEAS Uganda.

“The new classroom block we are launching today provides new facilities and a much improved learning environment for students of Toroma PEAS High School. Modern facilities improve not only the schools physical environment but also its learning culture. This will truly encourage the students who strongly believe that education is the key to unlock their full potential,” noted Nsubuga.

MTN’s George Egaddu (2nd left) is surrounded by PEAS and district officials soon after inspecting the sanitary area of the PEAS Toroma High School

The involvement of PEAS in starting up Toroma High School has been well received by the community and leadership who were in dire need of quality secondary education.

Speaking on the sidelines of the occasion, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, Justina Ntabgoba, stated that MTN Foundation has also supported construction of similar fully furnished classroom blocks at PEAS Kichwamba High School in Kabarole District, Kityerera ARK PEAS High School in Mayuge District, and Kuc Kigen PEAS High School in Lamwo district.

“Last month, MTN Uganda Foundation specifically has contributed towards construction of a three classroom block, a sanitary block, lightning conductors, classroom furniture and civil works to the tune of over UGX 200m to Kichwamba PEAS High School in Fort Portal. This launch today is a continuation of our partnership with PEAS in providing quality education to hard to reach areas of Uganda,” said Ntabgoba.

George Egaddu (C) inspecting the over 40 classroom benches that were donated to PEAS Toroma High School

PEAS is a charity that builds and runs low cost but quality secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia, aimed at extending access to sustainably delivered quality secondary education to communities that wouldn’t otherwise afford very expensive secondary schooling. PEAS runs 28 schools across Uganda, serving close to 15,000 learner-52% being girls. This brings the total educational support from MTN Uganda Foundation to PEAS to a whooping Ugx 735m; which this will create 720 additional school places and 14,400 places in the next 20 years.