A business breakfast, hosted by the SA High Commission at Sheraton hotel yesterday, 29th June, was graced with the presence of keynote speaker, PJ Powers who was in Kampala to further her investment in insustainable social solutions through processes derived from a variery of public and private performances.
The gathering attended by the South African High Commissioner Kampala, Professor Major General Lekoa Solly Molo and leading business officials, was the first official announcement of the partnership between South African NGO Khulisa Social Solutions and Grow Movement in Uganda who have joined forces with the Founder of Beatrice Secondary School, (BSC) Regina Nasseremba, to address poverty, skills development and unemployment in the ‘invisible’ community of Kalagi in the Kyankwazi District.
Sitting on approximately 10 square miles of land, Kalagi is one of the villages in Mulagi Sub-County in the Kyankwanzi District which is known for its low income levels, inadequate infrastructure, drug abuse, domestic violence, low level of education, early marriages and child labour.
The relationship with BSC commenced in April 2017 when international music icon PJ Powers visited the community to launch her song Home to Africa, a collaboration between herself and Ugandan pop performers Radio & Weasel.
“This was an unbelievable experience for us”, exclaimed Regina. “our community couldn’t believe that somebody as famous as PJ Powers had actually taken the time to travel over eight hours just to visit our community and to perform. We haven’t stopped talking about it ever since”.
Beatrice Secondary School Kyankwanzi (BSSK) is a secondary school in the village of Kalagi, part of the Kyankwanzi district. This Day and Boarding school was founded and built, on her own inherited property, by Regina Nasseremba, a teacher who graduated from a three-year further education course in business administration in Switzerland. She returned to Uganda in 2010 to begin to realize her dream of building her school, which now houses 320 students, the majority of whom are boarders.
Regina: “Just like our slogan says, we are convinced that education opens doors. This is what we work on daily in a pleasant environment. Our school is shaped by Christian values but is open to all those who are interested. Mutual respect and consideration characterise our approach. Environmental awareness and sustainability are topics which flow through our day-to-day work.
On one hand we lead our lives based on Ugandan culture and customs and we maintain international contacts on the other hand.”
Working in partnership, Khulisa, Grow Movement and BSSK will be exploring opportunities to secure support from local and international sources to develop skills and establish opportunities for micro-enterprise. The long term vision is to build a skills development centre in Kalagi.
“Khulisa Social Solutions was established in South Africa 20 years ago and was registered in the United Kingdom 10 years ago. Khulisa Australia will begin operating later this year”, Says Managing Director and Founder of Khulisa Social Solutions, Lesley Ann van Selm, “over the years we have had representatives from many African countries visiting Khulisa to learn more about our programmes. The time is now right for us to share our experiences and skills with other African countries to produce the levels of impact that we have had in the communities we have operated in over the past years”.
“You have my pledge that I will be involved in helping to make your dreams come true and assist Kalagi” pledged PJ Powers.