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Students: Sad end to a great term

Sadly, what had been a really wonderful term for our students has ended in the worst way. 4000 students at Gulu University have ended up being sent home without being able to sit their exams following strikes by the lecturers, who reportedly haven’t been paid for months. The students then demonstrated both in support of the lecturers and at not being able to sit. Having struggled, scrimped and saved to pay fees (no student loan system) it was a massive blow to them not be able to actually sit their exams. Unsurprisingly, the reaction was heavy handed, with road blocks, tear gas and shots fired by police. Thankfully to my knowledge no one was killed. The University were unable to come up with the money or a solution, so the students were sent home the university closed indefinitely.

Baptisms

For University Community Church it has been great term with the students. We has 13 baptisms in October, new student small groups and a great turn out to student lunches for Soul Sistaz and Men of Honour, that we host at our home. The theme this term has been relationships and the questions and topics that arise are in some times the universal questions you get from young adults thinking about relationships, and others are definitely different from any student ministry in the UK. We’ve never talked to students in the UK about polygamy, debated if the emancipation of women is a good thing and if you should pay a bride price! Thankfully it’s not us having to answer all these questions, Jimmy and Phiona Okello, our church leaders run the sessions and they have a incredible and counter cultural marriage and family life that is truly inspiring.

The Okello Family

 

Soul Sistaz/Men of Honour lunch at our home

So, please join me in praying for our students and all the students at Gulu University. Pray that the situation would be resolved and that they would be able to carry on with their studies.

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Students: Sad end to a great term”

  1. Jenny B

    What sad news!
    The students need our prayers as they consider their situation and what to do next. Will continue to pray, for you also as you must be so upset. We know that God is with you all and will continue to uphold you.
    Much love and prayers, to Connie and Reuben too!
    Jenny B (kay st)

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  2. Margaret

    How awful for both students and teachers! What a difficult situation! Lois what do you feed this huge group of men for lunch? It must cost a fortune! Xxx

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    • Joe Ovenden

      It’s ladies too. Usually rice, beef stew, beans and cabbage. It’s cost not too bad especially if I think of it in pounds rather than shillings.

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