27 January 2009

Northern Uganda leading from behind

A team from Bristol visited Gulu recently. The visit came at a time when Bishop Nelson is saying bye bye to the Christians of the Diocese. The Rev'd Canon Stuart Taylor who has a heart for the people of Amuru accompany Bishop Nelson to Amuru Parish in the New District of Amuru. 147 Christians were confirmed and Canon Stuart baptized seven (7) children. Rev'd Philip Rowe, Rev's Chris Dobson and Walter Dirks joined Canon Stuart in Gulu for two days. They visited returned sites, camps and world vision. Amuru district emerged as the last in the recently released Primary Leaving Examinations. Out of the 92 District in the country Amuru led from behind. A sensible person may ask why? The obvious reason is the long war that has seriously affected this place. Other related reasons could be: - poor personnel, lack of interest by teachers, pupils and parents. Infrastructure is an obvious blame. Unless something is done now, the trend may not change easily. For the whole district to get only one first grade is a nightmare.

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