I’m not sure if I chose the right heading for my topic this month. In my first year, I decided to take a very serious path of social responsibility by trying to volunteering with clubs at my university (University of Cape town)and also taking up different leadership positions with societies. In my third year (this year),I decided to join the committees of these clubs and societies. The first month was really hectic as I had to make a shift from a participation as a member of these societies to committee member that had to brainstorm ideas that could move the different societies and their beneficiaries to better operation.
After 2 months of my social responsibility trip ,I realised my ideas combined with 8 other committee members I regarded small were having an enormous impact on people’s lives in different ways. This got me think why doesn’t a model like this exist at home(Uganda)where young people (university students )come together ,share their ideas and try to make a positive impact.
This got to question my education and wonder what purpose it served in all this. I decided to share my social responsibility experience with other Ugandans students at my university. The first Ugandan told me trying to help Uganda was a gone case as the politics had taken over and all the power lies in the politicians. The next two Ugandans said they would wait till they had accumulated enough wealth, then they would be able to help their country. Others said they planned to start their lives and were not interested. Let’s say the next Ugandans were pretty much the same.
I respect all their comments however I was hurt at these comments, as some went ahead dislike for the African identity. Well this was my response to them “We grew up in African families, We are privileged to go to a top high school in Uganda, We are currently having one of the best University educations, We have proved our intellectual ability is as good as any race by topping our class ,we are well fed everyday ,What excuse did have not to be the best African we can be? Change the negatives of Africa to positives. Africans complain and blame but do nothing . You don’t need wealth or power to share an idea or be part of an idea creation. I explained the impact their ideas as a collection of people rather than individuals.
This week ,I decided to embark on a project to create a group of young Ugandans under the age of 24 who are willing to share their ideas and implement them. All these ideas should exclude politics and look at the people. I know it’s not going to be easy but I’m going to try(I really lose nothing).