The 4th annual Makerere University Business School alumni run returned bigger than ever after a year away due to the COVID-19 restrictions of 2021 that curtailed its occurrence.
Intended to enable women with disabilities attain higher education at Makerere University Business school, the annual fundraising event drew representation from organisations of persons with disabilities like National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, Action for Disability and Development International – Uganda Programme and Light for the world, the alumni of Makerere University Business School, Members of Parliament, and students, to fulfil its goal.
Represented by staff and members from the board of directors, select women with disabilities, NUWODU participated in the 5km and 10km run. Paralympian Jennifer Nyakato (a woman with a hearing impairment) and team member of NUWODU emerged the winner in the women’s category of the race for persons with disabilities.
As the umbrella organisation for women with disabilities, never has it been more crucial for National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda to support the fundraising efforts of Makerere University Business School achieve its goal considering the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the education sector. The pandemic has not only made retention of students in schools difficult but has reduced on the gains of education for female students with disabilities.
The gradual loss of gains in education for women with disabilities on account of the COVID-19 pandemic constrains the success of sustainable development goals 4 and 5 which address inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, and gender equality, respectively.
A ceremony for the recognition and appreciation of sponsors capped the event and the Chief runner, Olympian Stephen Kiprotich along with the Chairman of the Alumni Committee State Minister for Defence Mr. Bright Ramirama and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Okello Oryem presided over the ceremony.