Career Guidance Seminar in Buseesa

Posted on: July 10, 2019 2:00 pm
Tags: Uganda, Education,

Ainembabazi Olivia with current NDA student and head girl.

BUSEESA, UGANDA- On July 7, 2019 Notre Dame Academy (NDA) hosted a Career Guidance Seminar for current students and their parents. Two graduates from St. Julie School and six graduates from Notre Dame Academy spoke to the audience, offering personal accounts and suggestions for preparing for the future.

Meet the Speakers

The first speaker, Asiimwe Robert, was in the second graduating class of St. Julie School. He is now an Economics lecturer at the renowned Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Kechika Patience, from the NDA class of 2015, presently studies civil engineering at Makerere University. She told the girls that when she entered Notre Dame, her scores from primary school were rather poor. She had not done well in mathematics, so she worked very hard at NDA and earned high marks on her leaving examination. With her improved performance, she received admission and financial sponsorship to enroll in an A-level program. In order to continue to university, she borrowed from the government’s student loan program.  She is excited about her successes and hopes to help her family have a better future.

Ainembabazi Olivia (NDA 2011) has a degree in quantitative economics and plans to start her own business in logistics. 

Ainembabazi Anisher (NDA 2012) is an officer at a medical clinic and serves as a youth leader for her district.

Tusiime Judith (NDA 2010) told how she would borrow magazines from Teacher Evas, NDA deputy headteacher. Teacher Evas noticed her interest and helped Judith pursue her studies in fashion and design at the certificate and then diploma level. Judith now has her own business and employs her own workers. Some of her designs have been sent to New Mexico in the United States, Sudan, and South Africa. She has also started her own design school.

Namale Josephine (NDA 2012) explained how Notre Dame Academy changed her life. She became motivated and self-driven and set goals for herself. She came to NDA with very poor grades in mathematics, but ended up scoring in the top division in mathematics on her national exams. She is now an electrical engineer and has already started her own company. She told the girls the importance of setting goals and making their dreams come true through hard work.

One unnamed speaker is a graduate of St. Julie School. He discussed how he risked not finishing his education due to school fees, but by studying entrepreneurship and putting theory into practice, he was able to graduate. To help pay for his studies, he set up a photo business using a digital camera he had received from a sponsor Sr. Bernarde knew in Germany. Today he is the Assistant Manager of the NGO Buseesa Community Development Centre.

Nantume Joan studied at Notre Dame from 2013 to 2016.  One of the NDA teachers helped her to get a sponsorship at an A-level school. She performed so well that she received a full tuition scholarship to Mbarara School of Medicine to study medicine and surgery.

The last speaker inspired everyone with her love of people and her determination to make a difference in life. Kisembo Monica is a social worker who is employed by an NGO that works with refugees and genocide victims throughout Africa. She has been in South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and Northern Uganda, and travels extensively to work with trauma victims. She explained to the girls and their parents how her A-level school and her family wanted her to study math since she had tested well in this area. However, she knew that was not her passion in life. She needed a “people” job. She encouraged the girls to follow their hearts and instructed the parents to let their daughters study where their passion and dreams lie. She said she was not after money, but personal satisfaction and inner joy in the dreams she followed, which have brought her much happiness.

Sister Anita Marie Stacy, NDA head teacher, said of the day:

The career day was inspiring for all of us at St. Julie Mission. To see how Notre Dame Academy has changed the lives of these young people and to see the difference they are making in and outside of Kibaale District was an overwhelming experience. St. Julie and Notre Dame alumni have branched out in many different ways and found happiness in the diverse paths they are following. Hearing their stories allowed our current students and parents to become aware of the many choices facing them and to prepare for the future.

I am grateful to the students for returning to share their individual life journeys with us. Our head girl told me the next day, “Sister, our girls are so motivated after hearing the speakers yesterday. Thank you so much for the program.”

I can only say thank you so much to our dear sponsors for making it all possible.

Sr Therese Marie Nabakka
Date: on August 2, 2019

Wow! I am impressed with our old students, love for Their country and people. May God bless them abundantly.

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