In a remarkable display of generosity and commitment to education, the Lee family, in collaboration with Andrew Lee, established a scholarship scheme for six deserving students at Kololo Senior Secondary School. This initiative, born from Andrew’s passion for coding and the Lee family’s dedication to empowering young minds, aims to alleviate financial burdens and provide access to educational opportunities for students in need.

Andrew Bada Lee shared his personal story and inspiration behind this initiative: “Hi, my name is Andrew Bada Lee, and I want to share my story. My grandfather escaped from North Korea with only his mother when he was 6 years old during the Korean War in 1950. He was raised in a Korean refugee camp and received help from the UN at that time. Despite suffering from poverty, he persevered and eventually dedicated his life to helping people in need around the world. Thanks to the sacrifices of the older Korean generation, including my grandfather, my generation can now live in better circumstances.

“There is a saying called ‘Pay it Forward,’ which means to repay what I was given to others who need it. With everything I have received and cherished, I hope to impact some of the Ugandan students to the best of my ability.

“After my visit and teaching session in Uganda for one week at Andrew’s Coding Camp, I was amazed by how passionate the students were at Kololo Senior Secondary School. They were eager to learn, never got tired, and stayed after sessions to study further. Although I visited Uganda to teach, I learned something very significant: unstoppable passion and eagerness to learn. I was able to reflect on myself and admire such a spirit. I hope the students I help can freely challenge themselves to achieve their dreams and goals, ultimately changing Uganda in the future.”

Selected from a pool of eager learners who participate in Andrew’s online coding sessions, the scholarship recipients, Pimugu Jeremy, Nsubuga Patrick, Nantukuda Evelyne, Arinaitwe Gift, Nibiizi Angel, and Abdul Majid Maimuna, have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their coding journey. Their commitment and enthusiasm stood out, earning them this invaluable opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations without the constraints of financial limitations.

The scholarships, generously funded by the Lee family, have already covered the students’ tuition fees for the first semester (term) and will cover the second and third semesters of 2024, amounting to a total of $941.231 USD (3,600,000 UGX). This significant contribution not only recognizes the students’ hard work and dedication but also underscores the Lee family’s belief in the transformative power of education and their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young learners in Uganda.

Andrew Bada Lee’s dedication to supporting these scholarships stems from his own endeavors. Andrew, an 11th-grade student at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi, earns his income through participation in game-coding competitions. His commitment to his craft and his desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others drive his efforts to fund these scholarships.

Mr. Kanoonya Edward, the headteacher of Kololo Senior Secondary School, expressed profound gratitude for the establishment of the scholarship scheme and the Lee family’s unwavering support. He acknowledged the life-changing impact that such opportunities can have on students, providing them with the chance to unlock their full potential and pursue their dreams without financial barriers hindering their path to success.

As the scholarship recipients embark on this new chapter in their educational journey, guided by the spirit of generosity and empowerment instilled by the Lee family and Andrew Lee, the school community stands united in celebration and gratitude. The impact of this scholarship will resonate far beyond the academic realm, shaping the lives and futures of these students and inspiring hope and possibility for generations to come.