This month of March, we are glad to hinge our reflection around the women and the mothers of our nation and the world. However, focusing on the female gender does not mean that the male should think of themselves as abandoned. In fact, it does not make women more than women and men lesser than men. For, can we be without one another? You have probably heard of the common adage that when you train a woman, you train a nation! This is however not to say that the women are more important than anyone else in the society. No. It is only a call for us to appreciate ourselves and our identity. Many a times, Barack Obama, the 44th president of United States, built on the philosophy of Ubuntu, that, “I am because we are”. Therefore, we cannot single out humanity, as human beings are universally intrinsic.
The International Women’s day will be commemorated on 8th March. This year, the theme is: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign i.e. Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Focusing on Generation Equality, we better understand our position in society. Jesus calls upon us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39).
Equality, thence, calls us to look at others the way we would want to be looked at, and think about others the way we would love to be thought of. Thus, we can a heathier view of oneself and others. When we think of others equally, we recognize the fact that we are one in Christ; created in the image of God. (See Gen 1:27).
As we do this, we must not be “high-minded” or “wise in our own conceits” (Romans 11:20; 12:16). But “…we must let God transform us inwardly by the complete change of our minds that we may be able to discern the holy will of God that is good and perfect,” (Romans12:2-5). This complete change should cut across our education sector, for education is empowerment. The success story of our leading personality, Sr.
Boniconsilli Ngabirano ESM, the educator who would do it over and over and Rosette Nakiganda, a female mechanic are inspiration to all. In The Risk of Education, (1995) Luigi Giussani reminds us that the purpose of education is to fashion a new human being (p.80). The active factors of the educational processes must guide the learner to act with increasing independence and face the world around him on one’s own. This is holistic education. An all-round education is one which unites all. And one way to having a united country is having a national language.
Historically, you will read in our cover story that although, Kiswahili was dismissed as a foreign language during the quest for the national language of Uganda, it was already visibly evident in the society; being written on our bank notes! Yet, Kiswahili has been portrayed negatively that many Ugandans do not want to associate with it. In fact, it is looked at as a language of the army, the police and the prisons.
However, looking at regional integration, the benefits of having Kiswahili in the country are enormous. We are glad that Kiswahili has been introduced in Competence-based lower secondary curriculum. Fr. Kanyike Mayanja Edward, MCCJ reminds us that the East African Community is coming back with Kiswahili as the language of the common man. And unlike English, Kiswahili is not limited to the learned few. Kiswahili, “when it enters deep into the education system, will bring with it the wisdom and history of the Afro-Middle Eastern region.”
Besides education, we need spiritual nourishment to have sound judgment. We urge you all to reflect on the message of His Holiness for the Lenten period 2020.
Specifically, the call for us to focus on the Apostolic Exhortation to the young people: Christus Vivit “Keep your eyes fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified,…Contemplate his blood poured out with such great love, and let yourself be cleansed by it. In this way, you can be reborn ever anew” (No. 123). We wish you a Transformative Lenten period of prayer, fasting, repentance, almsgiving and above all, a season of Love.
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