All roads led to Buhinga primary school on 24th August 2013 to witness yet another of the EPP Music Dance and Drama / Debate competition!
As a way of improving pupils’ communicative skills co-curricular activities like Debate Music Dance and Drama have been adopted to enhance the teaching / learning the four aspects of language i.e. listening speaking, reading and writing.
Project schools competing for the 2013 MDD/Debate award
The aim of inter school competitions is to tap the pupils potential streamline it so that we come out with well-grounded pupils with good communicative skills that they can use in their day to day life.
It’s for this reason that all the fifteen project schools sent 255 participants to Buhinga p/s to showcase their talents.
Pupils assemble for the National anthems
The National theme for the year 2013 is on Malaria prevention and children’s rights observance. The traditional dances, the set pieces, Drama skit and the Debate motion all rotated that theme.
The occasion kicked off with the arrival of participants as early as 7:30am.
By eight, most schools had arrived and without delay they all gathered in the main hall for the National and Tooro anthems. Set pieces followed, then Debate, Drama and lastly traditional dances followed suit.
Present were the D.E.O Kabarole Mr. Rwakaikara Patrick, the D.I.S Kabarole Mr. Rujumba Joseph, the D.E.O special needs Mrs. Harriet Angwena D.E.O Special needs, Head teachers and teachers of the project schools in total made 51( teachers 23 male, 29 female).Also present were parents, teachers and pupils from non-project schools who had come to witness the occasion.
Also present were the three adjudicators Mr. Kajura Nelson a Debate expert from Buhinga primary school, Mr. David Mweru a Drama specialist from Kahinju primary school and Mr. Rogers Ayesiga a dance analyst also from Buhinga Primary school.
The morning session saw the choral singing take the curtain raiser position, Debate followed and lastly Drama. There was a lunch break of about 20 minutes after which the activity caught fire and run unbroken till 5:30 pm ending with Traditional dances after which speeches and words of caution/ encouragement from both the invited guests and the adjudicators followed.
The district inspector of schools Mr. Rujumba took the floor first. He first of all thanked Computers for schools for bringing back clubs that build and give confidence to the pupils!
D.I.S Mr. Rujumba Joseph addressing the audience
He thanked the teachers for the work well done amidst marking exams and report making. He said his wish was to see this kind of thing continue and spread to the most remote areas like Bagayap/s and many others. He lastly ushered in the D.E.O to address the congregation.
The D.E.O also started on the same note of commending computers for schools for having come up with the idea of bringing back clubs that had long been forgotten. He thanked teachers present for all the effort they had put in to see to it that this occasion becomes successful. He however cautioned them against giving lame excuses of funds as an excuse for abandoning the school clubs saying a thing like Debate just needs pupils a class and a committed teacher. He hailed the performance as good considering that there had not been many club activities in some schools for a long time.
In his own words, he summarized by saying” I commend you teachers for the work well done, given chance I wouldn’t bring out such results in such a short time”. He again put in a request to computers for schools to widen their scope of operation so as to give chance to the other unprivileged schools.
Next on line was a representative of the panel of adjudicators Mr. Mweru David who addressed the audience saying “I am glad that this year’s performance was better than last years for every one could see and feel the spirit of competition”
Mr. Mweru David addressing the participants
He went on to point out areas he was disappointed with as:
- Trainers are not supposed to sing and yet he had heard some sing
- Drama only becomes drama if there is an element of conflict in it or else it just becomes an ordinary story
- Characters are not supposed to play two roles giving an example of a pupil who had acted two roles: one as an old man in one scene and another as a young boy in the next scene.
- Facial expressions should depict the feelings of the beholder let joy be joy and sadness be sadness he gave an example of a character who had smiled in a meant to be sad moment.
- Lastly, he commended the teachers for the work well done saying there was a great improvement between last year’s performance and this year. He said he is expecting even greater and better results come 2014.
Next on the floor was Mrs. Harriet Angwena who mainly re-echoed the former speakers words but also adding that the 15 schools that are in the EPP programs should count themselves lucky in that no one can take what they have learnt from them. She encouraged members to try their level best to see to it that the co- curricular activities do not get into a slumber again. She asked them to keep the fire burning even after the project has come to an end.
Since she had been assigned the duty of handing over awards to pupils prior to her speech she stayed on stage waiting for the results to be announced. Not long after her address Mr. Kajura Nelson got up to announce the results. He thanked members for such a degree of patience they had displayed and went ahead to remind the audience about the results of writing and drawing competition that had taken place a fort unite ago were to be announced together with those of MDD Debate ones. He then went on to announce results of MDD and Debate thus:
DEBATE, MDD 2013 COMPETITION
|NO||SCHOOLS||DEBATE||POSITION||SKIT||WESTERN CHORAL SONG||TRADITIONAL DANCE||TOTAL||POSITION|
|8||Mtns of the moon p/s||51||11th||60||60||56||217||12th|
|9||Conon Apollo demo p/s||66||6th||65||61||67||259||6th|
|15||Paul Devilne p/s||49||12th||–||–||–||049||15th|
He also went on to announce the writing and drawing results thus:
WRITING AND DRAWING COMPETITION 2013
|8||Mtns of the moon p/s||676050||177||9th||301330||73||14th|
|9||Canon Apollo demo p/s||686553||186||7th||747460||208||5th|
|13||Karambi B p/s||676250||179||8th||696862||199||7th|
|15||Paul Devilne p/s||656050||175||10th||271715||59||15th|
Mrs. Angwena performed the duty of handing over the trophies / prizes to the participants.
D.E.O for special needs Mrs. Harriet Angwena giving out prizes.
There were 4 trophies, one for Debate which was taken by Rwimi primary school, one for MDD that was taken by Kasiisi primary school, one for writing that was taken by Rwimi p/s again and lastly one for drawing that was taken by Haibale p/s respectively.
Among the best individual performers were:
- Atuhaire Olivia from Kibiito p/s who emerged as the first best actor
- Atusingunza Mathias from Mugusu p/s emerged as the second best actor
- Tusiime benedet from Kigarama emerged as the third best actor
- Asiimwe John from Kigarama also took the forth position as an actor
- Tumwine Andrew from Rubona came out as one of the best dancer
- Mbabazi Lucy from Bwanika also took the second place as a dancer
- Byaruhanga Joseph from Bwanika took the third position as a dancer
- Kamakune Jennifer from Kiboota took the fifth place as the best actor
- Twebaze Alex from Rwimi emerged as the best debater
- Byaruhanga Dalton also from Rwimi took the best place as the best artist
All the best participants received prizes like geometry sets, wall clocks, pencils, pens, wall hangings and colors.
The occasion came to an end at 6:15pm with a grand dance that took the winners and the losers to the floor as networking continued.
The deputy Head teacher of Kasiisi receiving the overall winner’s trophy.
- Pupils and teachers were able network with other pupils and learn more.
- The long time dead clubs have been revived
- Stake holders saw the use and need of co-curricular activities in schools
- To organize such functions comfortably is a very expensive venture.
- Time keeping is a problem.
- Not every teacher is in full support of the recovery of these programs.
- In some of the schools there are no music teachers to train pupils so that makes is expensive in a way that trained services must be hired from outside.