This month we’ve been reflecting on New Year’s resolutions, seeking inspiration from our campaign collaborators on what each of us can do to make a positive impact. We’re proud that our customers have the opportunity to be a part of the important impact the Cotton On Foundation has in empowering women across the globe through quality education. Violet is Head Girl at Namabaale school in Southern Uganda and hopes to one day contribute to her community by working at the local health care centre built by the Cotton On Foundation. We caught up with Violet to find out why she thinks education is so essential for young women.
ON WHY SHE WANTS TO WORK AT THE HEALTH CARE CENTRE:
“I love studies, I like writing stories – that is my best hobby…[the health care centre] is near my residence and I was here as they were building it so I have a right to appreciate it all the time, and it actually looks great when someone works at a place where he or she has been studying from.”
ON SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF LIVING IN NAMABAALE:
“Personally I stay with my parents, it is a struggle to get to my school, to get scholastic materials, to get personal requirements…the challenges are many, but like the infrastructure as you’ve seen, in our classes we lack desk so you end up standing from the beginning of the lesson and till it ends so you end up very tired and not grasping what the teacher is trying to teach. There is a lot of congestion in the dormitory, someone sleeps there, someone here and another one there. I stay here, it is also a challenge. The infrastructure they build is not enough to accommodate all.”
ON FINDING THE MOTIVATION TO KEEP STUDYING:
“I like my school, I like my head teacher, and all the teachers in my school. And our director is so loving, he pays such close attention to us, he listens. Even, let me tell you – we have you, you are always here for us, it always gives me hope whenever I see or hear.”
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN ATTENDING UNIVERSITY IN UGANDA:
“Let me start by telling you, there was a time recently where we had a debate. It was between boys and girls, we were just talking about education. So the boys were saying it was a waste of money, the girls were opposing, they said educating a girl was educating the nation.
So if I tell a girl is educated and goes to university the whole nation will be educated. Things that are learnt are all good from girls, girls are the mothers of the nation. So when you educate a girl it means you are helping the whole nation.”
ON HER ROLE AS HEAD GIRL:
“ I am the one. I am the head girl of the school. My responsibilities are all about mobilizing the students to platform a certain activity, saying that students are in a better situation. Like I can find someone who is crying, he or she has lost their book and as the head girl I have to make sure I talk to that person, maybe saying that I can offer that person help.”
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