Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni the Minister of Education and Sports has lauded the leadership of BRAC for uplifting the lives of girls and women through the provision of financial solutions.
“My ministry welcomes efforts from organizations like BRAC which are uplifting the lives of the less privileged through creating digital led solutions. The ministry is promoting this through bout competence-based curriculum bans and look forward to partnering with you on the same,” she said adding
The Minister made these remarks while officiating the golden jubilee of BRAC at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Thursday last week.
She said is being done through investing in early childhood education development and scaling up youth skills and vocational training.
“Together, we shall continue creating a positive impact on the lives of our young women and girls who have continued to drop out of schools due to economic reasons,” she said.
BRAC, one of the largest development organizations in the world,
BRAC which made 50 years is among the largest development organizations, celebrated its 50-year anniversary under the theme: 50 Years of Igniting Hope From Bangladesh to the World.
The First Lady also paid special tribute to BRAC’s founder, the late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, for sharing his dream of empowering people and communities, In Bangladesh and beyond. She expressed her admiration for BRAC’s work and impact in Uganda saying,
“My hope and prayer are that their work in Uganda will rub off on our people so that they can learn to build, empower themselves, work with integrity, and change the face of Uganda. Uganda will not change until Ugandans rise up and change it.”
Shameran Abed, the Executive Director of BRAC International, in his speech, thanked the First Lady for the invitation she extended to Sir Fazle to bring BRAC to Uganda.
“Building on nearly two decades of experience with communities all across Uganda, we will deepen our work in the critical areas of financial inclusion, extreme poverty, and early childhood development. Hon Maama Janet, thank you for your invitation to my father to work in Uganda all those years ago, and for being such a strong supporter of BRAC. So much of what we are celebrating here today is owed to your vision of what this partnership could achieve.”
In her remarks, Spera Atuhairwe, the Country Director of BRAC Uganda expressed her gratitude to the communities, stakeholders, and partners that work with BRAC to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.
“I reaffirm BRAC Uganda’s commitment to achieving impact in Uganda, saying “In Uganda, we are committed to growing and deepening our presence to deliver impactful solutions for the people and communities we serve,”
The first lady was joined by Dr. Michael Atingi-Ego, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda, who attended as the Special Guest. Shameran Abed, the Executive Director of BRAC International, and BRAC leaders from Uganda and around the world.
Dr. Atingi-Ego reiterated the need for all stakeholders to contribute to making financial services in Uganda more accessible and more inclusive.
He quoted the significant growth in the adult population with access to formal financial services – from 20% in 2011 to 66% in 2021.
BRAC has been working in Uganda since 2006, marking this year its 17th year in the country.
It was born in a remote village in Bangladesh in 1972 but it today partners with over 100 million people living with inequality and poverty globally, through a community-led, integrated development model, combining social development, social enterprises, and humanitarian response.