Janet Museveni Lauds Catholic Church At Opening Of Sacred Heart University In Gulu

Gulu Archbishop Dr John Baptist Odama, the Chancellor University of Sacred Heart Gulu receiving mace from the Papal representative to Uganda, Rt Rev Michael August Blume, on Saturday during the inauguration of the University (Photo by James Owich)

First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni has praised Catholic Church for its strong commitment in promoting education and health sectors in Uganda.

In a speech read by Dr Kedrace Turyagyenda, the Commissioner at the Directorate of Education Standards, during the inauguration of University of Sacred Heart Gulu at St Joseph’s parish in Gulu on Saturday, Janet Museveni said that since the colonial days, the Catholic Church has been at forefront of promoting education in Uganda.

Ms Museveni explained that over the years, through the church’s efforts, Uganda has been able to produce great men and women who have gone ahead to participate in the development of the country.

Ms Museveni cited St Mary’s Hospital Lacor and Daniel Comboni Technical School also in Gulu as some of the examples of institutions set up by the Catholic Church which have contributed to the socio-economic development and transformation of the Uganda.

Sacred Heart University will begin by offering a Bachelor of Counseling Psychology and Bachelor of Information Systems.

The Papal representative to Uganda, Rt Rev Michael August Blume, who was also attended the function says the institution will help the communities in northern Uganda deal with violence it witnessed during the conflict between the Ugandan government and the Lords Resistance Army(LRA) rebels.

The University will open in the year 2017/2018 with two programs. Archbishop Dr John Baptist Odama has been installed as its first Chancellor.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu LCV Chairperson said at the even that Sacred Heart University had come at the right time to aid in the healing the scars of conflict.