All Bweengwa schools to get sports sponsorship

United Gypsum Investment Limited has pledged full sponsorship of sports activities in all schools in Bweengwa constituency so as to help learners stay away from vices.

The sponsorship is also aimed at identifying talent among pupils in Bweengwa constituency.

Speaking during volleyball and football competitive events sponsored by the company to the tune of K10,000, United Gypsum Investment Limited Human Resources Manager Lloyd Kwensa, said sports activities among school children were important.

Mr. Kwensa explained that the company recognises that sports play a critical role in the mental and intellectual development of children.

He added that United Gypsum Investment Limited has embarked on sponsoring sports in all the schools in Bweengwa as part of its social corporate responsibility.

The sports event attracted Lochinivar, Munyenze, Bana Kaila and Hakunkula schools who competed in football and volleyball.

“We pledge to continue supporting this initiative so that our children can stay in school apart from developing their sports talents,” said Mr. Kwensa.

Bana Kaila headteacher, Holden Choonya, thanked the company for the initiative which he said had the potential to prevent early marriages and reduce the school drop out rate among learners in the area.

Mr. Choonya noted that the area was still grappling with high cases of early marriages and school dropouts.

He noted that the sports programme will help reduce these vices that have detrimental effects on the development of children.

“As a school, we are happy that the United Gypsum Investment company has decided to support sports activities in schools in this constituency because this will help to keep our boys and girls in schools and ultimately end high early marriages and drop out rates,” he said.

Meanwhile, United Gypsum Investment Limited Company Project Manager, Ali Bdair, encouraged pupils to work hard in their academic and sports activities for them to develop into responsible adults.

Mr. Bdair said his company was committed to complementing the government’s efforts aimed at developing, identifying and nurturing talents among the youths.

And one of the pupils, Myden Mugala, called on her peers to take education seriously saying getting married early had a negative effect on their future. 

The company, currently operating a Gypsum mine in the Lochinvar National Park, awarded the winning schools with cash as well as sports wear.