On Friday, October 20, 2023, the iconic National Theatre was abuzz with voices celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. Among those voices, two stood out distinctly, representing not just their school but also the hopes and aspirations of many Ugandan girls. Shuti Vanessa and Nantege Melissa, both from S1/1 of Kololo Secondary School (SSS), presented their views before a distinguished audience that included the Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, as well as other stakeholders.

The Day of the Girl Child is commemorated to champion the rights of girls worldwide, highlighting the unique challenges they face and the strength they exhibit daily. The participation of Kololo SSS in such an esteemed event underscores the school’s commitment to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of its female students.

Kololo SSS, renowned for its emphasis on holistic education, has always shown a dedication to nurturing young voices, encouraging students to engage in dialogues that matter. This time was no different. The school administration’s support for Shuti and Nantege’s participation signified the institution’s belief in providing its students with platforms to express, grow, and make a difference.

Inshuti and Nantege, in their presentations, eloquently addressed the various challenges, dreams, and aspirations of the Ugandan girl child. Their words were a testament to the fact that, when given an opportunity, young girls can influence, inspire, and initiate change. Their presentations resonated with many, serving as a reminder of the potential that lies within our educational institutions when they are supportive and enabling.

This event also accentuated the importance of collaborative efforts between schools, policymakers, and other stakeholders. It is only through such combined endeavours that we can hope to create an environment where every girl child feels valued, heard, and empowered to reach her full potential.

In conclusion, the International Day of the Girl Child 2023 will be remembered not just for the global call to action for girls’ rights but also for the remarkable representation by Kololo SSS. Their participation has set a precedent, proving that when schools actively engage in such causes, they can mould leaders, changemakers, and voices that will shape the future.

To all schools, students, and stakeholders involved in making this day a success, the message is clear: The future is brighter when we uplift, support, and listen to the girl child.