The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali, has advised parents and guardians to invest in the education of their children to create a better future and world for them.
Archbishop Ntagali was speaking on Friday during the third part of the 19th graduation ceremony at Bishop Barham University College, a constituent college of Uganda Christian University at a function held at the campus premises on Rugarama hill, Kabale municipality.
He encouraged parents to sacrifice and invest in their children’s education to enable them to become self-reliant in future.
“ I understand that education is expensive but please persevere and sacrifice because the best investment a parent can do for their children is education,” said Ntagali.
Ntagali urged graduates to look beyond job seeking and come up with creative and innovative ways to create employment and contribute to economic development.
“You should not be stressed by the unavailability of jobs in Uganda but rather use the skills and knowledge you have acquired while here to start up private ventures of any level to solve unemployment,” said Ntagali.
A total of 448 graduated with certificates, Diplomas and degree in different disciplines.
Speaking as the guest of honor during the function, Professor Phinehas Tukamuhabwa, a Lecturer at Makerere University warned the students against any misuse of the Internet saying that it could distort their future.
“ The future of learning in this country is at a risk with the continued misuse of internet here. People have resorted to internet for useless things like pornography but if you as learners used it well, it could even help you in succeeding academically,” he said.
He asked graduates not to despise jobs, maintain their credibility and work hard to enable them fight against poverty in their families.
The UCU Vice chancellor, Dr. John Ssenyonyi asked graduates to reflect the values of professionalism acquired from their university education while working.
“Uganda is currently facing a challenge of limited professionalism and so we pray that you become the real professionals who act with high level honesty,” said Ssenyonyi.
The Bishop Barham University College Principal, Dr. Medard Rugyendo rallied the alumni to ensure that they support their university for it to develop.
“Our alumni wherever they are should be our ambassadors and thus they need to do the best publicity for us,” said Rugyendo.