Nakintu, Masaka District, Central Region, Uganda: International City of Peace
We welcome Esther Bangi Nakintu and her colleagues who have established Nakintu in the Mukungwe District of the Central Region of Uganda as an International City of Peace. We thank Ronald Kiyimba of another City of Peace in Uganda for mentoring Esther and her group. “The Golden Rule teachings,” Esther says, “instill discipline to community members and children to grow up with peacemaking values.”
The community has been sensitized and attracted to bring their children to the school which has transformed their behaviour into good morals, responsible, loving and peaceful people. However, having grown up from a slummy community, there are still challenges in transforming some of them into peaceful people. Through concerts, staging plays, drama and much sensitization of masses there is hope of turning the area into a peaceful city.
Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.
The mission is “TO BE THE SCHOOL OF CHOICE FOR CHILDREN, PARENTS AND TEACHERS IN THE COMMUNITY”.
Since the school is in a slummy area with children whose parents have low standards of living, jobless and the majority are illiterate. The school is to bring them on board by involving them in favourable activities at a fair cost.
If the majority of children are made to join the school, it will curb down the rate of illiteracy, poverty, and crime rate thus turning it into a city of peace.
The vision is “TO IMPACT PRODUCTIVE SKILLS THAT WILL RESULT INTO SELF RELIABLE CITIZENS”
In this regard theory and practical skills are imparted to children so that they achieve them mentally, socially and physically. This will enable them to be job creators rather than job seekers.
This will reduce on the criminal rate in the community turning it into a city of peace.
- To foster individual skills that reject the use of violence and create stronger and peaceful city.
- To encourage learners / students to develop critical thinking skills, new problem solving techniques and better understanding of how to overcome the issues i.e to live peaceful lives.
- To give a voice to the disadvantaged that is to say, the poor, the dumb, the deaf etc… The school becomes their choice since its favouring all categories of children.
- To integrate service learning with young learners, this can mean identifying and solving problems within their classrooms. This helps them to practice on how to take an action to solve the problem in their community. They do not need to wait until they grow up to change the world. This will help them to grow up as peace makers.
Nyendo is the most slummy and violent area in Masaka city with the biggest number of illiterates and low standards of living people thus harboring a big number of criminals.
Before the school was set up, its location was a criminal black spot for example,rapists, defilers, drug addicts, thieves etc…. When it was turned into a school, crime was curbed down and some peace was attained in the area.
The Challenges are:
- Working with majority of people who have low standards of living.
Working with a big percentage of illiterate people.
- A big number of crimes being a slummy area, that is to say drug addicts, rapists, etc.
- Due to poverty amongst parents, there is inadequate funding of the school thus retarding the activities it would have carried on to foster peace.
- Lack of adequate and permanent classroom structures.
- High rental charges of the place on which the school is located, are also a challenge.
- Failure of prompt payments of school dues by parents due to poverty and lack of permanent jobs.
LETTER OF INTENT
ABOUT THE LIAISON
Esther Bangi Nakintu
I was born on 9th September, 1965, am fifty seven years old (57 years). I am a single mother with three children. My personal home is at Kirumba “B” village Masaka city.
My ancestral home is at Bugya village on the suburbs of Nyendo town. I have four brothers and three sisters(all adults) and both of our parents passed on. I attended primary education at Kitovu primary school, Masaka city.
Then Ordinary level at Kololo Senior Secondary School Kampala city, after which I joined primary teacher training colleges and attained both grade III and V certificatesat Nkozi and Mitala Maria PTCs respectively.
I started teaching in 1987 at Hill Road Public school – Masaka city till 2021 when I was granted early retirement from government service, and started running Praise Junior Nursery school – Nyendo enrolled with 170 pupils where am currently serving as a Director with other five (5) female teachers and 2 non-teaching staff members.
As the area in which the school is located, is the suburbs of my ancestral home village, I used to observe a lot of criminal acts iedrug abuse, theft, vulgar words, fighting etc—. It attracted me to set up a school that would transform children into responsible citizens and create peace in the area.
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ABOUT NYENDO (from Wikipedia)
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