First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni hands over a gift to Ida Girma the out-going UNICEF Representative who was bidding farewell, while UNICEF’s Chief Of Education Nebendra Dhal looks on at State House Nakasero on Monday.

First Lady lauds UNICEF for its work in Uganda

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has lauded UNICEF for its good work in Uganda over the years.

She was bidding farewell to Ms. Ida Girma the out-going UNICEF Representative who has worked in Uganda for four years and is soon leaving the country for another deployment.

“This is an opportunity on behalf of Uganda to thank you for the time you have spent with us and all the work you have done for our country”, she appreciated Ms. Girma who had paid a courtesy call on her at Nakasero State House on Monday.

The First Lady was particularly thankful for UNICEF’s work in the Education and Sports Sector where it supported the establishment of the Gender Unit in 2012 to spearhead the mainstreaming of the Sector in a bid to ensure equitable and quality education. They have also supported the development and implementation of the Gender in Education Policy and Strategic Plan. In addition, UNICEF closely collaborates with the Education and Sports Sector in many other areas of improving sanitation and hygiene. The government of Uganda is currently implementing a programme on promoting access to quality and equitable education for Karamoja children with the kind support of UNICEF.

Mrs. Museveni also commended UNICEF for greatly supporting her work of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA- Uganda) through interventions such as the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT) campaign, the Adolescent Girl Child programme and institutional support to OAFLA Uganda

She however. called for clear documentation and prior knowledge of the “Off-Budget Support” that UNICEF and other development partners extend to Uganda so that there can be better planning and accountability in the Education Sector and other beneficiary Sectors.

Ms. Ida Girma, who was accompanied by Mr. Nebendra Dhal the UNICEF Chief of Education, appreciated the cooperation and close collaboration with the First Lady during her stay in Uganda and assured her of the continued support of UNICEF. She added that the person to replace her will arrive in Uganda very soon and there will be no gap at all in the leadership of UNICEF in the country.

The farewell ceremony was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports and Ms. Beat Bisangwa, the Executive Director of OAFLA Uganda.

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