Minister of Education and Sports Hon Janet Kataaha Museveni has urged parents to nurture their children the right way in order to be good future citizens.
The Minister, in her speech which was delivered by the State Minister for Primary Education, Hon Rosemary Nansubuga Seninde at the 2nd graduation ceremony of the Tourism Institute of East Africa, urged the graduates to be prepared to face competition in the job market.
“If children are brought up well, Uganda will find no difficulty to meet its growth agenda and realization of the National Development Plan,” the First Lady Janet Museveni said.
“It is one thing to have a child and another to bring him or her up in the right way but more importantly to give them the right education,” the Minister added
The formal training got from this institute has enabled you to get the right skills for self-employment noted the Minister.
“Don’t go to the streets to look for jobs, create your own jobs from the skills you have received. Avoid recklessness and immorality,” said Museveni.
At the graduation ceremony held at Hotel Africana, a total of 38 students from Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Nigeria graduated in various fields.
These included 10 students who were awarded Diplomas in Cabin Crew Services and Hospitality Management, 18 students were conferred Diplomas in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management, 8 students were awarded certificates in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Administration and 2 students certificates in Tourism Operations and Management.
On her part, State Minister Sseninde cautioned the graduates never to wake up from a dream before achieving it. She also advised parents to continue helping their children even though they have graduated. “Continue guiding your children, learning never ends and always have good public relations,” she stressed.
The Institute’s Director and Acting Principal, Mr Francis Mugoga urged graduates to enroll for further studies so as to stay competitive.
He also noted that their students under take practical training, theory and are appraised on character, friendliness, skills and work ethics among others.
Mugoga challenged the graduates to use their acquired skills to turn around their future and that of the country.