The Forum of Women African Educationalists-Uganda (FAWEU)
presented their prestigious Sarah Ntiro Model of Excellence Award on Thursday,
March 29, 2012 to CCF Pader’s Director, Alice Achan.The award, which is given to
honor women achievers who have overcome obstacles, achieved personal
excellence, and become an inspiration to women and girls, is named after the
first woman university graduate in East or Central Africa, Dr. Sarah Ntiro. Dr. Ntiro spoke briefly at the event and
warmly greeted the recipients of the award which bears her name and celebrates trailblazing
women who value and encourage education.
Alice was joined for the celebration at the Nabisunsa Girls
Secondary School in Kampala by a proud delegation of students from the Pader
Girls Secondary School (PGSS) who sang and danced for the celebration’s guests.
The students of PGSS had the honor of welcoming the Chief Guest, the United
States Ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier with a traditional bwola dance which set the celebratory
tone for the event. Other notable guests
included the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Makerere University,
Lillian Ekirikubinza, the Executive Director of FAWEU, Martha Muhwezi, the
Chair of the Board of FAWEU, Rose Izizinga, Pronch Murray of Irish Aid, and a
representative from the Ministry of Sports and Education.
The event drew students from several regional primary and
secondary schools and universities. The youth in attendance were encouraged by guest
speakers who shared their own inspiring journeys of struggle and accomplishment
in academic and personal achievement.
Lillian Ekirikubiza, the first Professor of
Law in East Africa, encouraged girls to reach beyond gender discrimination and
the common idea that a woman is most useful for her sexual capabilities. “You
know your value to the world and I know your value to Uganda,” she told the girls,
“Those of us who have been there [struggling to obtain an education] will
encourage you to exploit your full potential.”
The students of PGSS in attendance were fast to make friends
with other students who had traveled from throughout Uganda to attend the
event. Many spent lunchtime mingling with the impressive young women who had
shared their testimonies of struggling to achieve academic excellence despite
“Being here made me want to study so hard,” shared one
student of PGSS. “There was a girl who shared about coming from a poor family
and becoming a doctor and I realized that I too could be like her.”
Alice joins an elite group of women who have been honored by
the Sarah Ntiro Model of Excellence Award over the past 12 years representing
prominent women torchbearers in various fields.