Dezilanta “Daisy” Nagawa, age 23

Daisy dreams of becoming an accountant for an NGO after she completes her studies at Kyambogo University. Last born of four children in her family, she is the only one to have gone onto secondary school and now University.

Early in her primary school, her director recognized her potential and granted her half bursary with a promise of the other half if she did well. With only her elderly grandmother to support her, Daisy worked hard to succeed in her studies and was granted the full bursary. The director then brought her to St. Janon secondary school to complete her S4-S6 years. Even though she faced a five kilometer walk to and from school each day, Daisy continued to excel.

When asked what she liked the most about her time at St. Janon, Daisy’s face lit up as she responded,

“I like the teachers better than the subjects. The subjects I managed well but my teachers were so good. They gave me opportunities and I was friends with many of them. My favorite subjects were Economics and Physics.”

Daisy is now in her 2nd second semester of her second year at Kyambogo University carrying five course units per semester. While Daisy was granted a bursary for her success at St. Janon, it is not enough to cover the additional fees at university such as accommodations and food. To supplement her bursary, Daisy supports herself as a bursar assistant at the Rainbow International School. She is focusing on accounting and hopes to be an accountant after she graduates.

When asked what she would tell her own children one day about the importance of going to school, Daisy replied:

“This is a developing country. You cannot be uneducated and stay in this country. Those people you see in the streets, those beggars, those that stay in the villages, they are not educated. If you want your life to be easy in this world, you have to be educated. There are lots of opportunities if you are educated.”

Mary Solome Nakaluma, 20

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.