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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Margaret Nambozo, Grandmother to Thousands of Girls!

Margaret Nambozo, is a pioneer and patron teacher of our Girl Up club at St. James Bbiina Primary School. She was the very first teacher, Girl Up Initiative Uganda worked with in our first school in 2013 in the Adolescent Girls Program. She now also holds the position as the senior woman teacher at the school. Margaret is passionate about the education of young girls and women and believes that equipping them with different life and entrepreneurial skills will make them better individuals who can sustain themselves and support their different communities. Get to know more about Margaret in the interview below!

1) What is your name?

My name is Margaret Nambozo, but many refer to me as “Jaja” meaning grandmother and I really love it.

2) What school do you teach at? What is your position at the school?

I teach at St. James Bbiina Primary School and I am the senior woman teacher.

3) How long have you known Girl Up Initiative Uganda?

I have known Girl Up since 2013, which is about six years.

(Teacher Nambozo in far right with the first group of Girl Up girls in 2013)

4) What is your favorite part about being a patron teacher with GUIU?

I love being in charge and being a patron teacher has given me the opportunity. I get to mobilize and coordinate the Girl Up activities in the school. Being the patron teacher has also put me in a spot where I get to interact with the young girls.

These girls are more like my granddaughters so when I have time with them, we get to talk and share with each other. I also love the fact that the young girls are free with me in the Girl Up club and this makes our engagement more interactive.

5) Why are you passionate about girls’ education? Why do girls need to be supported in and out of school?

I am passionate about girls’ education because education is a powerful tool and it can help in solving many challenges.

As an educated lady, I would really love it if each and every girl attains the same education. It could be any form of education: formal, non-formal or informal.

Girls need to be supported inside and outside school because they endure many challenges that need endless support and mentorship. For example, when you look at the girls who have dropped out of school because their parents cannot afford education for them, the majority of them end up in a man’s house as a wife. But if such girls are supported with different skills, it could really be a life changing moment for them.

6) What frustrates you about the gender inequality and poverty that you see every day?

What frustrates me about gender inequality and poverty is the fact that these two are connected to each other. Right from the opportunities that are accessed. For example, those who cannot afford education are always left out and someone who has acquired education is much different from one who has not. 7) What is your vision for the future… for these girls and women, boys and men; for Uganda; for the world?

I envision a world where girls and women, boys and men come together and support each other in becoming better citizens. I have a vision of opening up a vocational school so that I can help different individuals who are not able to afford education. I believe that when an individual has a skill, they can use that skill to be better and develop their own community.

8) What is your vision for your role in creating that future?

My role requires that I acquire more hands-on skills so that I can start small with my neighbors until the time I am ready to open up a vocational school. My other role is to mobilize resources and make sure I get to involve different stakeholders.

9) Is there something special you’re highlighting or celebrating this month?

This month, I celebrate my life. It is not my birth month, but I realized we are mid-year and God has been so good. I will be making 60 years in August, but still, that will not stop me from celebrating my life.

10) What do you enjoy doing/eating/exploring outside of being a teacher? I enjoy preaching the gospel. I preach to different people right from my fellow teachers to my neighbors back at home and it is something that I love so much. I also serve at church where we get assigned to carry out different responsibilities.

11) What is a fun fact about you?

I talk too much and I think I am a comedian. When I am given a chance to talk, I will talk and talk and talk. In my speeches, I always make sure I have a couple of jokes to crack. I never want my audience to get sleepy or bored.