On the 13 October 2011 a group 35 young people received their certificates for course one.
Below are the highlights of the day.
8:30 am– Setting up of the room in anticipation of the invited guests.
9:00 am – Arrival of students and invited guests. The students and guardians came in one by one and slowly the room begun filling.
10:00 am – The number was still small to start event so we waited on as the students came.
10:30 am– Mr. Okwaput invited the students that had come to share their experiences of how they found course one training and for those that finished in group one what they had been doing with the knowledge they have.
Mawogole Ivan: “ I was able to use the knowledge to teach my uncle how to use Ms Word and the computer generally. I even showed him how to play music on the computer.”
Muggaga Sekyanzi: “ I went back to Kasese and designed a poster that earned me 80,000/=. With entrepreneurship knowledge I started writing business plans at a fee of 30,000/= and up-to-date I have written 10 business plans with three receiving funding.” “I met some one through the internet that shared with me the knowledge of making soap. I have been able to over 8 boxes of soap per week with that knowledge and I sell each box for 35,000/= actually young people on my village are coming to me for work” “ I even started a business for my brother in primary five of buying old newspapers and reselling them as book covers to primary school pupils. This way he has been able to sustain him self.”
Aliganyira Juliet: “ I went back to my former school and taught Ms Word to students. That way I earned some money.”
Kobusingye Joanita: “ I was able to get clients for whom I designed certificates and business cards. The training was life changing.”
Aliguma Edison: “ I went back to St. Elizabeth girls home and taught other students there.”
Many other inspiring stories and testimonies were shares and there was a general feeling in the room that the training was really life changing.
11:30 – 12:30pm- Had an opening prayer and the Uganda National Anthem .
Students presented their work.
12:45 pm We had a young man by the names Joshua Magambo share his life how he has made it in IT despite not having gone to university. He was willing to involve some of the students in his projects and was thrilled by the quality of work they presented.
1:00pm Had Snack and later a group photograph.
1:30pm – There was a heavy rain downpour and later guests left at their own will.