NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP
Meet our oldest student Kasibante
Kasibante is our newest and oldest student to join P6 this year. After requesting permission to join the class, the head teachers decided that School For Life’s ethos of inclusivity and the power of education should be extended to Kasibante.
Kasibante has been working as a cook at Katuuso for the past two years, preparing meals for over 300 people per day. Although Kasibante has a modest beginning with the school, his intention has always been to immerse himself in education and hoped that his daily encounters with teachers would improve his English. He joined the first Adult Literacy Course and excelled to second in the class. Kasibante is determined, outgoing and dedicated.
“I HAVE MY PRIORITIES AND I TRY TO FOCUS ON THEM. THEY THINK I AM VERY OLD AND SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK THAT I AM JOKING, BUT I AM FOR SURE COMING FOR STUDY. I WANT KNOWLEDGE. I WANT TO LEARN. I WANT TO HELP”.
Kasibante is 28 years old, the eldest of 8 children and was born in Rwanda. His mother and siblings fled to Uganda for safety during the war in the 1990’s, leaving his mother the sole provider. After Year 6, Kasibante left school and started to work at a grocery store to assist his family financially. He continues to send his wages home.
Kasibante’s current daily schedule consists of waking up at 4am to begin food preparation for breakfast and lunch; joining the class until lunch break; fetching 12 jerry-cans of water in preparation for clean up; joining afternoon class; washing dishes after school; and then completing homework. The busy schedule is demanding but he isn’t taking his second chance at an education for granted. He is determined to excel in P6 and all grades moving forwards, striving to one day become a doctor.
“I want to fight against tropical diseases in Uganda because they are very dangerous. Most people in our village suffer from these”.
Despite his full work and school life, Kasibante’s drive to succeed supersedes his busy schedule. To complement his education, he is hoping to find a local doctor to assist on weekends and holidays to gain practical experience as well.
Kasibante doesn’t mind being the eldest student in the school. He has a plan, and a destination, and we can't wait to help him get there. Help School for Life offer more opportunities to people like Kasibante by donating to our EOFY Tax Appeal.