KAMPALA – Parents should not force career choices on their children at the expense of the children’s inherent abilities and passion points, Prof. George William Nasinyama, the Vice Chancellor UNICAF University in Uganda has said.
Prof. Nasinyama says parents should instead offer guidance to the children on their chosen career paths to help them succeed.
He was speaking at the essay competition award ceremony held at Serena Hotel on Friday, August 4, 2023, in Kampala.
“All we have to do is, guide and perhaps advise, and with our experience, expose them to the various careers that are available and then they can choose.
“And once children have chosen their own career, they would pursue it and pursue it better than parents choosing careers for them to pursue,” he said.
Prof. Nasiyama noted that career guidance in education is very important for every child who is climbing the educational ladder to help them to make informed choices.
“Career guidance is key in education. Pupils need to be guided right from Primary and Secondary and even at university, he said explaining that parents and teachers have important responsibilities in guiding the children to achieve their desired career goals after they have identified what they are passionate about and would like to become.
Endorsed by The Ministry of Education and Sports, this prestigious competition aimed to ignite creativity, critical thinking, and a profound appreciation for Uganda’s breathtaking natural beauty among the country’s young talents.
“The Pearl Reimagined” essay competition elicited an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from students across various schools in Uganda. Participants were encouraged to showcase their unique visions of Uganda’s awe-inspiring landscapes, using their creative flair to narrate captivating visual stories. This competition provided a platform for students to express their artistic talents while competing for remarkable rewards and recognition.
A panel of distinguished internal and external commissioners, comprising accomplished educators, writers, and professionals, meticulously evaluated each submission to identify the most exceptional talents. After rigorous evaluation, five exceptional students emerged as the worthy winners of the competition:
Mohammed Shabir – Greenhill Academy
Prize: Full scholarship to Unicaf University, $150 and a Tablet
Kisaakye Janet – Buddo Secondary School
Prize: Full scholarship to Unicaf University, $100 and a Tablet
Katamba Hakim – Buddo Secondary School
Prize: 90% scholarship to Unicaf University, $100 and a Tablet
Kyamaanyi Gilbert – St. Henry’s College Kitovu
Buyungo Sebastian Amani – St. Henry’s College Kitovu Prize: $100
These extraordinary winners demonstrated exceptional talent, creativity, and a profound understanding of Uganda’s diverse landscapes.