Celebrating Literacy in the Rwenzori Region: Lest We Forget: A Biographical Narrative of Uganda's Youngest Member of Parliament, 1980-1985

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Trafford Publishing, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 156 pages
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When the struggle ended in the Rwenzori region of Uganda in 1982 after twenty years of fighting, four short years of unprecedented development followed. It affected many areas of the people's lives, but it especially impacted education. In this combination history and memoir, author Amos Mubunga Kambere recaps the development of education in the region but also discusses how he came to be Uganda's youngest member of Parliament.

In "Celebrating Literacy in the Rwenzori Region, " Kambere takes a step-by-step walk through his life while relating the forces that instituted change in the educational system. The region saw eight new government grant-aided secondary schools, two partially grant-aided secondary schools, one private secondary school, two primary teacher training colleges, and a technical school.

At age twenty-six, as the youngest member of Parliament ever elected in Uganda, Kambere didn't have much on his political manifesto except the recognition that his people were educationally backward. His task was to convince the population that education was the best weapon to fight backwardness, poverty, repression, and enslavement.

"Celebrating Literacy in the Rwenzori Region" tells his story for the next generation, to convey to them the lessons to be learned and the importance of education.


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This is a welcome insight of some events that happened in the region of Kasese, Uganda during the 50's up to 80's. I applaud the author for a good piece of work. In fact I do need a copy that I can keep in my library. Some of the characters like Chief Tibamwenda and his son, Makoma are my grand-parents on my Mum's side. I need to show it to the family before we can make any more reviews and conclusions about their history.
I will pay for a copy, if I know where I can get one, near me in Kampala, or to be delivered in Kampala by DHL.

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Absolutely gratifying to find a reading of this magnitude and so neatly done!This book is a must read for the mere reason of being brought to speed of events, a history of pride and indeed the simple point that a people are not a people if they have no history! My wife Dr Rose Muhindo Kabagambe Lukaaya is set to become the first female Nephrorogist (Nephrology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, including electrolyte disturbances and hypertension, and the care of those requiring renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and renal transplant patients. Many diseases affecting the kidney are systemic disorders not limited to the organ itself, and may require special treatment. Examples include acquired conditions such as systemic vasculitides (e.g. ANCA vasculitis) and autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus), as well as congenital or genetic conditions such as polycystic kidney disease) from Kasese and possibly Uganda is a daughter to Mr Paddy Kabagamge a subject mentioned in this superb publication and for that am a proud Muganda married to a mukonjo from Kasese.Am very proud of this writing and will as a communicator disseminate further.
Dennis Lukaaya
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Amos Mubunga Kambere became the youngest member of Parliament of Uganda at the age of twenty-six. He studied economics and education at Kyambogo University College. While abroad, he studied administration and human resources at British Columbia Institute of Technology. Kambere and his wife, Edith, have four adult sons and live in Canada.

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