Life in Uganda is beginning to take on a normal pattern - though the country is still suffering severe ill effects from former President Idi Amin's tyrannical rule.
Life in Uganda is beginning to take on a normal pattern - though the country is still suffering severe ill effects from former President Idi Amin's tyrannical rule. On Tuesday (22 May) the new President Yusufu Lule told the first session of the National Consultative Council - which is to act as a provisional parliament until the promised elections in two years time - that Uganda's economy is in ruins. When Tanzanian-led forces invaded Uganda to end Amin's rule, it had only two million shillings (300,000 dollars) in foreign exchange. Inflation was running at a rate totalling one thousand per cent over the eight years of Idi Amin's rule. But now the country is going back to work. In the forefront are the schoolchildren. Their new school-term started on Tuesday (22 May)
SYNOPSIS: Shimoni Demonstration School is in Kampala. The buildings escaped serious looting during the fighting, but bullet holes in the walls and shattered windows reminded staff and pupils of a war which they narrowly escaped nearly two months ago.
Tuesday (22 May) was their first day back in school after a holiday which saved many injuries. An artillery shell hit the school only a day after the end of term last March.
The pupils are between five and thirteen years old, and there are about forty pupils to a classroom. The headmaster said the school usually caters for about one thousand children and up to seventy-five percent have re-enrolled for the new term. But they and their teachers are faced with big problems. No books were printed under Idi Amin's rule, and there is a severe shortage of all supplies and teaching materials.
But help is underway. The Ministry of Education has begun to draw up lists of needs and damages in all of liberated Uganda's schools.