Shs1.6m raised for needy students


The UCU guild government’s ministry of education has raised Shs 1,659,700 in the car wash, shoe polish and weight measure fundraising activities that took place between July 7 and 11, at the Mukono campus.

During the exercise, participants, most of whom were applicants for financial aid besides officials from the guild government, were stationed at different entry points and parking areas of the university to carry out the lobbying for funds.

According to the Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Abel Katushabe, the number of students who applied for the guild fund is estimated at 180.

“These activities are carried out to ensure that all needy students who apply for the fund get assisted. We are given Shs60 million by the university as guild fund per year but you realise that some needy students miss out. So as the guild government we came up with such activities to boost the fund and ensure that most of the applicants get assisted,” Katushabe said.

He further appreciated the support of staff and students who contributed to the fundraising activities.

The guild government holds tri-annual events throughout the three semesters, and the other major fund raising events include “Save a Buddy” and “Compassion Week”.

The funds collected go towards assisting students who would otherwise fail to meet their tuition and other fees.