USA donates to Muslim schools in East Africa



By Godfrey Olukya 17-9-2012

United States of America has donated 300,000 US dollars towards youths development in east African states of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

The acting general services officer at US embassy in Uganda, Richard Saunders said, ‘300,000 US dollars has been allocated to engage Muslim youth in east Africa on issues of tolerance and leadership through education.’

One of the schools which has benefited is Kabwohe Muslim secondary school located 350 kms east of Kampala where officials from US embassy led by Richard Saunders physically handed over the donated scholastic materials to students.

Among the materials donated were books, back packs, mathematics sets, rulers, pens and pencils.

On the back packs were written,’US Mission Uganda supports Young Leaders for better tomorrow.’

The project is funded by the Partnership for regional Eastern Africa counter -terrorism programme run by US government.

After distributing the materials, Saunders said, ‘We hope this will create an opportunity for dialogue with students on issues of
tolerance and extremism and allow us to correct misconceptions of us and Islam.

Other schools that have received the donations in east Africa are Aisha girls school, Mariam high school, Kibibi Muslim secondary school and Gombe Muslim secondary school.

The donation comes at a time when Muslims in various African countries and other parts of the world are bitter over a film demeaning their prophet Mohammed being released in USA.


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