Mary, 20, is from Buloba. She is one of eight. She was raised by her father and stepmother after her mom passed away when she was only three years old. She received some of the highest scores at her primary school and received a sponsorship from a Ugandan woman to go to PEAS from S4 to S6 because of her excellent grades and the affordable fees.
“Onwards and Upwards was a great school for me. It was more affordable than the other schools in the area. My favorite subject was African and European History. I also liked the school so much because the teachers were great; they allowed us to be very open and free and would listen to what you were saying. They never treated us badly. I am so thankful they secured a bursary for my University education. PEAS provided me with everything I needed.”
Mary excelled at Onwards and Upwards and was awarded a bursary for her University education. She is currently in the 2nd semester of her first year. On University life she stated:
“I am really enjoying my courses. I am focusing on education with the hopes of pursuing a Master’s degree if I am able to afford it. I like my teachers very much and the work is manageable. I am excited to get a paying job when I graduate. Education is so important because without it, you are not as important and you need to make money to survive. If I were to get married and not be educated, my husband would look down on me, whereas, if I am educated, you are treated with more respect.
"I will teach my kids how important it is to get your education.”
Mary remains actively involved with the Onwards and Upwards school. She goes back to help teach and guide the S6 students.