The festival attracted teachers from different schools, students, parents and well-wishers of the school.
In Uganda, establishing school ponds and a curriculum for school students under different groups should be an effective approach to educate them more under co-curricular activities besides class notes.
At St Kizito High School Namugongo fish farming was established to demonstrate methods of aquaculture and educate students on the nutritional value of fish.
This was also intended to expand understanding of the value of fish production and consumption in their families. Recently, St Kizito High School Namugongo hosted the 2nd edition of their annual fish festival at their school.
These students pulled it off well as they closed their end of year school activities. Fish festivals are a new phenomenon but looks like this school is embracing the idea. Likely more schools will later adopt the idea.
The festival attracted teachers from different schools, students, parents and well-wishers of the school, under the theme “Nurturing skills and talent for a better generation tomorrow.’’
The event kicked off in the morning with different activities like cultural dances and acts. The school did not buy or import fish from anywhere else but rather harvested from the school ponds. The students have been working tirelessly with the guidance of teachers to see that this fish is well fed and taken good care of till harvesting time.
Fish rearing is one of their own skill projects that is taught to students at the school.
Mr. Kakembo Fredrick the director of the school who also happens to be the vice-chancellor of Ndejje University together with the headteacher of the school, Mr. Kazibwe Ezekiel says they are nurturing future doctors, engineers, and teachers who can use practical skills and make money.
Besides fish farming, there are other projects taught to students that they can use to earn a living. Projects like chicken rearing, rabbit raring, bakery and cookery, mushroom growing and waste to energy recycling which includes bricK making. Under agro-waste and municipal waste projects, students get waste or rubbish and turn it into charcoal. They do this to advocate and sensitise people about environment conservation, keeping it green as well as de-campaigning deforestation.
During the fish festival students said such activities at the school help them acquire knowledge and skills which will help them transform their communities. Hosted by Mc Ollo, the festival was closed with performances from Nina Roz, Weasel, and Fefe Bussi.
Source: Newvision By Ranel Nsereko.