PRIZE AWORD 2012
SPEECH OF THE BOG CHAIRMAN DURING THE 2011 EDUCATION DAY/ PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY
The Chief Guest, District Commissioner Masaba South,
The Ministry of Education Officials,
BOG and PTA Members,
Members of Hema Old Students Association,
Guests from Egesa FM
Principals of Secondary Schools,
Head Teachers of Primary Schools,
Parents and Guardians,
Teachers and Students,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
It gives me a great honor and pleasure to welcome you all to our GREAT Hema Secondary School- Chitago. I am extremely humbled to deliver my speech in today’s occasion which marks the year 2011Education Day/ Prize- Giving Ceremony. I therefore consider this opportunity as a privilege in the sense that I am at home, a place that evokes an enormous nostalgia in me.
As an Accountant with a very limited vocabulary, I am sure I will be excused if my speech is not delivered with the usual rhetorical flourish expected of a chairman, especially in an occasion such as this one when our “ Heroes and Heroines” As a leader, parent, a member of the community and a child not only born and brought up by the community but who also went to the same school but at the mother primary. It becomes emotional and a bit difficult to be given a hearing by my own people, for a “prophet is not respected at home”. But I will nevertheless Endeavour to speak from the heart to not only our young people but to other stakeholders present here today on a topic that has assumed national importance.
Over 30 years ago, old men, members of this community most of them illiterate, living at “entereko” , a place of Etago, the brown powder produced from broken sedimentary rock and mixed with water to form a solution(the origin of the name Chitago), gave birth to their first school, when they decided to donate their land for the Government to build a school for their young boys and girls, which for many years could only be found in the environs of this region. Schools were then for the educated and the religious people “ Abasomi”, so the schools resided at the educated people’s land, the land of “Bosomi”, where most people from this region went to school and learned how to read and write, and about the true God to be worshiped. It is at this age that many young men and women the age of your speaker, the chairman of this school was born and brought up on this hill. I spent the early years of my life in this hill and can still vividly remember that what is now a sprawling academic giant school was a mere bushy and dirty village for both the unschooled and notoriously religious community, and less civilized people. A relatively small village with us living at its sloppy edge, near the river, the village which has now become the center of Excellency in education. I sometimes wonder what could have happened with my school life had the old wise men including my late father not come up with this noble idea. Indeed a paradox that many of us including my younger siblings and later you students sitting before me attended this school; I can therefore rightly claim to have a very strong bond with HSSC.
It is my prayer and strong brief that this great visionary and noble ideas from the old men of wisdom that yielded to this wonderful school will only continue producing academic giants but also seasoned and powerful leaders, leaders who will call a spade by its name. Who is a leader?
JOSEPH GITEYA MABIRIA