Talk 6: On Staying Motivated

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Talk Show Held On 24th/ 10/2020 on Busoga One 90.Fm

Moderator: Balondemu Simon

Panelist 1: Ingicu Damali Headteacher’s Representative (Luuka District)

Panelist 2: Kasaja Andrew Teacher (Kaliro District)

Panelist 3: Kunya David Namuyonjo Parent (Mayuge District)

MODERATOR: 

Just as you have heard from the advert, we welcome you to this program. We begin at exactly 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. We welcome you as we to talk about different issues concerning the learning of our children. This programme used to run from 3:00pm to 4:00pm but, there were alterations in the programmes. Today, we have visitors in the studio and with me, there is a teacher, a parent and a head teacher’s representative who is also a teacher. Let me invite these visitors to introduce themselves to you. Let’s begin with the parent.

Parent:

I would like to thank the management for giving us this chance to speak to the nation. My name is Kunya David Namuyonjo from Bwonda town council. I’m here as a parent from Bwonda primary school who is on the school management committee as a vice chairman.

Moderator:

Thank you for coming all the way from Bwonda, it’s quite a long distance from there to here. Let’s here from the teacher.

Teacher:

Thank you moderator, my name is Kasaja Andrew from Kaliro district, Butongole primary school.

Head teacher:

Thank you moderator. I would like to thank Elevate for inviting us. I’m Ingicu Damali a teacher from Luuka- Bulanga primary school. Thank you very much

Moderator:

Thanks every one, I’m once again Balondemu Simon and last time you were here with Nakiirya Brenda and she was taking you through the advantages of the learning process children have been undergoing during the lock down with support from the government. Today our main topic is that how can we stay motivated in all that we are doing as parents, teachers or head teachers.

 

Parent:

As a parent, what motivates me to continue teaching my children is the fact that the young children are the future generation. And being an illiterate is very painful especially when you grow old. We have to be friendly with the children, discipline them so that you can be able to educate them.

Moderator:

I would like to know in depth that as a parent, a teacher or a head teacher, what motivates you to continue teaching the children. 

Parent:

When you realise your worth as a parent, you learn of your responsibility that you have to teach your children. When you educate a child, teach your child of the religious norms, he/she becomes important in the community.

Moderator:

Ok thank you, I will get back to you. Mr. Kasaja, you are teacher as well as a parent, can you please tell us of the different things that motivate you to continue teaching the learners in school. 

Teacher:

Thank you moderator. Just as you have said, I’m a teacher as well as a parent. All children who are Ugandans. When you produce a child, you are the first parent and the teacher is the second parent. So as I teach the child, I put in mind that am teaching my own child. Whenever I teach that child I have a belief that the child will become a great person in future and always appreciate my efforts. 

Secondly, am a mentor that I guide the learners in very many activities like sports and games, revision and many others. I’m therefore devoted to my role as a mentor. And that the community also looks at teachers as people who are going to impart all that is required to be taught to a learner like discipline.

Moderator

My dear listeners you have heard from a parent from Bwonda and a teacher from Butongole. We also have a teacher, Madam Ingicu Damali. Madam Damali how are you? Can you please explain about what motivates you to continue teaching?

Head teacher:

I’m fine sir. What motivates me a lot is having a good working relationship. When there is a good working relationship among the parents, teachers and school administration.

Moderator:

So, the good working relationship with the parents, teachers and school administration motivates you a lot.

Head teacher.

Yeah. Secondly the good and conducive working environment as we now have a better place to work in. The fact that the school was before an open place, there is now a good environment for the children to study in. Everyone could loiter in all corners of the school compound with animals also being grazed in the compound. But as per now the school is well fenced with all washing facilities.

We also provide scholarships for the students who perform well and this motivates them to always work hard in school. The children receive gifts like books, pens, uniforms and many other items.

 

Moderator:

Which school is that where such opportunities are given.

Head teacher:

It is Bulanga church of Uganda primary school where Madam Namukose Florence is posted as the head teacher. A child who performs from the 1st to the 5th position is given this chance. 

Moderator:

Mr. Kunya wants to add on something.

Parent:

Mr. moderator, I want to add on the issue of the school fencing. In Bwonda, the vehicles cross the school field like they are school visitors. Cows graze here and there. Motor cycles cross the field and even one time caused an accident and knocked down one child. Therefore, everything has its own advantages. The coming of Covid 19 was very instrumental in improving the schools set ups especially the fence.

Moderator:

Mr Kasaja has something to add on.

Teacher:

For I appreciate the people Butongole p/s that every call that is brought about by the school, the parents respond positively. This motivates me a lot.

The other thing is that, as Madam Damali said earlier, it is very good to recognise the children who perform well at school and giving them some prizes. This kind of recognition motivates them to keep up and always work hard for better results.

Moderator:

Madam Damali was still adding on.

Head teacher:

The other thing is the feeding of the children while at school. When children eat at school as well as the teachers, everyone is satisfied and happy and can learn quickly.

Moderator:

Let’s hear from Mr. Kunya shortly before we move on.

Parent:

Thank you Moderator:

To add on, I think in Bwonda and Bulanga, we almost have the same way of doing things. Children eat at school and are given prizes when they perform well.

Moderator:

Ok, allow me to take you for a short break and after receive some calls as we continue with our conversation. Stay tuned.

Moderator:

I would like to welcome you from that short break as Elevate the partners for education reminds us of the issue of children’s learning. I’m once again Balondemu Simon your humble servant who works with Elevate.  We want to remind you of the learning of children especially as schools remain closed. What motivates you to continue with the learning process as parents, teachers and head teachers. A few children are now back to school and a few teachers are now teaching in schools. What can we do to continue with learn during this period?

 The studio lines are 0776999906, 0757906906, lets share about this toady.

Caller 1:

 Moderator:

We can as well continue sharing as we wait for the callers. Mr. Kasaja, it seems you have a burning issue.

Teacher:

During this period, we have tried to meet the parents.

Caller 2:

I’m Aisha Nakabambwe from Buyende district. We are tuned in and listening to you.

Teacher:

There are some children we have been visiting during the lock down.

Moderator:

Thank you madam Aisha.

Caller 3

I’m Joel from Jaguzi island. We really appreciate this program and call you upon to reach out to these places because the children are not doing it right here at the island.

Moderator:

Mr. iam requesting you to speak to the teachers in the studio. What really motivates you to continue teaching your child.

Caller 3:

What really motivates me is that the world is shifting now and looking at people who are educated. This really forces me to have my child learnt. And when teachers teach, we see the out comes from some of the children who have gone through and this impresses me to teach my child.

Moderator:

So what impresses you is seeing other children gaining from education and the desire to have your child gaining too. So call upon all the parents who are listening to this programme.

 

Caller 3:

Ok, I call upon all the parents who are tuned in to take back their children to school especially candidates since schools have now resumed. This will help us groom children who are important for the future.

Moderator:

Mr. Kunya, that parent is from your locality.

Parent:

He is from Mayuge district and from Mayuge district too. What I want to remind him is that the learners who have reported back to school are the candidates. Schools that don’t have candidate classes are still closed. So, parents who have candidates in primary seven, senior four, senior six and at university level, let us try our best to take back these candidates to schools.

Moderator:

Ok let us hear from another caller.

Caller 4:

This is Kayira Waiswa from Nakalama. My issue is looking at the rest of the classes. It is very distressing that the children who were in lower classes are going to repeat those very classes. 

The other issue is that why doesn’t the government consider teachers because they play a very big role in teaching every one. The fact that even the president was also taught by a teacher, they should not be undermined and be considered under payments.

Moderator:

You are right but, as a parent, what difference are you making in ensuring that this p.6 child continues learning.

Caller4:

The fact that the year has been challenging, the children are disorganised and lack concentration.

Moderator:

Madam Damali, respond to that person.

Head teacher:

The challenge is that the government is emphasising social distance in classes. Otherwise we would invite the p.6 learners to also join the p.7 candidates and learn together.

Moderator:

Mr. Kasaja wants to add on something.

Teacher:

My fellow parent shouldn’t get worried because the government is continuing to plan for the learners. All I want you to do is to continue taking proper care of your child and when time comes for them to go back to school, they will have to resume learning.

Moderator:

Let’s here from another caller.

Caller 5:

I’m Godfrey. Why is it that some radios have now stopped running learning programmes? And what are we going to do for these children. 

Moderator:

Madam Damali say something.

Head teacher:

I advise the parent to visit the nearest schools because the teachers are now there in schools and are available to assist the parents who approach them.

Teacher:

Yes, it’s true teachers are now stationed in schools and we encourage the parents to visit those schools look for learning materials for your children and take proper care of them such that they don’t get exposed to the community.

Moderator:

Ok. Just to remind you that we are looking at what motivates us to continue teaching our children while at home and even for those that have already reported back to schools.

Caller 6

This is Umar from Jaguzi. My question goes to Mr. Kunya from Bwonda. As a parents’ representative, how best are you going to support the children who are engaging in child labour at the landing sites.

Moderator:

Thank Mr. Umar. Mr. Kunya that question comes straight to you.

Parent:

What did he say

Moderator:

He said that as a parent’s representative in Bwonda, what message can you pass on to the parents whose children are selling fish and carrying out fishing.

Parent:

I have been a leader for in Bwonda since 1992. We have tried what we can to encourage the parents take their children to school. But, the landing site (trading centre) has a lot of challenges like films, music stages and many other things that drive the children away from going to schools. But we have tried to set up many schools in Bwonda town council as per now, they are over 12 schools within the town. Therefore, parents should love the idea of taking children to schools of their choice basing on their income status and they will not regret in future. I also call upon the children to go school without fail since the parents are there and ready to support you.  Illiteracy is very painful in its later stages. 

Moderator: 

Let’s hear from another caller

Caller 7:

This Isabirye from Nango. I appreciate this programme and I tune in every Saturday. I seek your advice because I have a child and I have cleared with school fees dues but has deliberately refused to go to school.

Moderator:

This question goes to all of us. What should this parent do?

Teacher:

All I request you is to try other people to talk to that child if he/she has failed to listen to you. Let other people counsel him/her and tell him of the benefits of education. Perhaps he/she will listen to them and accept their views.

Head teacher:

You need to find out the challenge the child is having before finding out who can help the child to regenerate.

Parent:

To add on that, some children lack love from their parents. When a parent is very rude with the child, he/she will not be able to open up of their challenges. Befriend your child and find out of the reasons for their hesitation to go to school. This will help you find a stand for solving that issue.

Caller 8:

We appreciate this programme a lot. I’m Balikowa Joseph from Buyende. The challenge is that the laws are limiting us from disciplining our children. But I encourage the teachers to always shape the children where need be.

Parent:

We have a challenge of some parents who do not want their children to be punished at all. What shall the teachers do?

Teacher:

On the same note, the parent must move close to the teachers and find a solution for such a child together. It is advisable to have a mutual relationship between teachers and parents for proper guidance of the children.

Head teacher:

Do not punish the children, I love talking to them politely because they can easily open up of their challenges.

Moderator:

Let me attend to the last call on this issue.

 

Caller 9:

This is Mr. Umar once again from Jaguzi. If a child is repeating a candidate class, does the government cater for the registration fees.

Head teacher:

If a child is repeating a class, the government does not cater for registration fees.

Moderator:

Teachers give more clarity on that.

Teacher:

Parents have been paying for their children only if there will be some changes as per the government’s programme. I just advise you to look for the registration fees so that the child is registered and is able to sit for the final exams.

Moderator:

Thank you so much dear listeners of Busoga one 90.6 fm. We are really grateful for your time and appreciations for Elevate the partners for education for supporting us as we look at the different issues concerning education. You have one minute to give your last remarks and key insights from this session.

Parent:

Thank you moderator together with the management of Busoga one for giving me this chance to speak to the nation. All I can tell the parents is that, when we educate the children, we are preparing a future generation. A good child is for the community at large. Let us look for money to support the candidates so that they can wind up with their academic year. I send greetings to my head teacher Bwonda primary school, Mr Wanjara, the chairman management committee Mr. Steven and our Village elder Mr. Hamza that thank you for keeping us in Bwonda. Thank you very much 

Moderator:

Thank you very much. 

Teacher:

I want to appreciate Elevate the partners for education for supporting us in this struggle of education. I call upon all parents to always tune in Busoga one every Saturday for this wonderful programme. Parents should bring back the candidates to schools because the time is limited.

I would like to greet my head teacher Mr. Mulaba Abubakari, my fellow teachers, my students and my wife madam Keene Beth.

Head teacher:

I call upon all the teachers in Uganda that we are back at school and let’s do our work passionately. For parents who need assistance, teachers are back in schools and ready to assist you. The children need more assistance from teachers since they are now toddlers. I send greetings to my dear head mistress Madam Namukose Florence, Mr. Bikufa Moses, Ntakanira Moses, Madam Bafumba and many other fellow teachers of Bulanga primary school.

 

Moderator:

Yes, madam Damali.

Madam Damali:

I call upon all the teachers in Uganda that we are back at school and let’s do our work passionately. For parents who need assistance, teachers are back in schools and ready to assist you. The children need more assistance from teachers since they are now toddlers. I send greetings to my dear head mistress Madam Namukose Florence, Mr. Bikufa Moses, Ntakanira Moses, Madam Bafumba and many other fellow teachers of Bulanga primary school. My dear school management committee Mr. Nkawa and Mr. Walagala. Mr. Ogire john my lovely husband.

Moderator:

Thank you very much for listening to us and my colleagues in the studios. Dear parents do not forget that the wisdom to improve learning resides in each of us. Do not blame one another but our selves.

To air your views directly to elevate, reach us on 0782933243. Thank you very much for listening, I remain your humble servant Balondemu Simon. Hear from you next Saturday we will be here with you. May God protect you.

                                  

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