Sanlam Chief Executive Office, John Lintari, on the right, is flanked by George Mutekana, Commissioner for Private Scools, at the centre during launch of the Scholarships program in Kampala
By Ambrose Gahene
Sanlam Life Insurance Uganda, on Wednesday Launched a Scholarship program, for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) top Pupils countrywide. The Scholarships will benefit Guardians and Parents, who are Clients with Sanlam Life Insurance, according to Sanlam Uganda Chief Executive Officer, John Lintari.
Mr Lintari was addressing a Press Conference, at their Head Office in Bugolobi, a Kampala Suburb, on Wednesday. He said; with its 10-year celebrations, just a few months away, Sanlam Uganda are giving back to its life insurance customers.
“Through the Better Life campaign, a number of top-performing pupils in the forthcoming Primary Leaving Examinations will have the opportunity to further their high school education through a scholarship at a high school of their choice”, said Lintari.
He pointed out that; as a pioneer in universal secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda has registered an increase in secondary school enrollment, specifically from families that can’t afford to pay school fees.
“In a bid to supplement this, the Sanlam Better Life campaign aims to improve the lives of pupils and their parents by giving them the means to attend the school of their dreams, as well as financial relief when it comes to school fees for higher education. As we draw closer to our ten-year celebrations, we are focusing on the education sector, assisting our clients through our vast experience, and logistical support and tools to plan for their children’s education,” he added.
Sanlam clients with children registered for Primary Leaving Examinations will complete an application form to enter their children in the competition that can win them a scholarship. Lintari said Sanlam is excited to provide the upcoming leaders of Uganda with an opportunity to shape them for the future.
According to Hon Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education, “Education is a human right as enshrined in articles 30 and 34 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.” According to the minister, Sanlam’s effort to offer scholarships will go a long way to cover the funding gap created by the government policy on cost sharing when it comes to boarding fees for secondary education.
“Applications officially open today, and Sanlam’s existing and new policy holders can enroll their children through the various Sanlam offices countrywide, or through registered Sanlam agents. Entries close on 30 November 2019”, added Mr Lintari.