Christine Mbatuusa

Christine Mbatuusa

Here Is What Reading Does To Your Children's Body Growth

School-going children get far better health benefits from reading than just passing exams and for that reason, as a parent or teacher, giving reading materials to children under your care has far more positives than academic excellence.

According to Daphne Kato, the principal of Kampala Parents’ School, reading improves the development of a child’s cognitive processes therefore schools and parents should help their toddlers read as much content as they can access at a given time.

“We listen to each unique child and those who care for them and use this information to personalize each child’s learning. We aspire to be an exceptional, inspiring, and stimulating school,” the principal says of what Kampala Parents is doing to ensure that pupils fall in love with reading.

“We teach our pupils loving learning because there's peace in doing what you love. With two fully functional libraries (one for infants and one for the upper school) and a reading competition held twice every year at ours, this skill is given its due importance,” she added.

Kato also noted and emphasized the need for physical education because the mental state of a child partly depends on it, and at Kampala Parents’ School, physical education is a priority. The school has a well-facilitated gym and sports facilities that offer the young ones a good physical experience.

Similarly, according to Kato, pupils who predominantly participate in sports activities are able to shed stress and renew their lives. The school pupils and teachers actively participate in sports activities like football, basketball, cricket, athletics, netball, and others.

“Our code of conduct promotes courtesy, co-operation, and consideration from all pupils in terms of their relationship with each other, staff, visitors, and the local community,” Kato explained.

Victoria University Starts Vaccinating Students, Staff Members

Victoria University has launched a vaccination campaign in which it aims to vaccinate all its students and members of staff to beat the COVID19 virus.

“We are vaccinating all our students and staff because we have a primary responsibility to keep our stakeholders healthy,” Dr. Lawrence Muganga, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University said.

The Ruparelia Group owned university is carrying out the exercise in partnership with the ministry of health and Kampala Capital City Authority.

As the country and world at large continue to face the wrath of the COVID19 pandemic, the education sector has been dealt a big blow since early 2020 when it was shut down to stop spread of the virus.

While there has been staggered reopening of learning institutions, the coming in force of vaccination is offering a fresh breath to the education sector.

 

 

Kaya’s Kitchen, Ark Organics Partner To Launch Pet Food Brand

You can now buy health food for your pets in Kampala after the partnership between Naiya Ruparelia and Ark Organics came to life and gave birth to the first pet food brand, Kaya’s Kitchen.

According to CEO East Africa, Kaya’s Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind organic, specialty pet food manufacturing company. The recently launched store provides pet parents with a broad range of competitively priced organic, natural pet food and a comprehensive line of pet products.

At the store, you can get useful pet products like dog and cat treats, puppy and kitten treats, dog food, organic grooming products, pet toys and accessories.

On the other hand, Ark Organics, a new sustainable-lifestyle store, offers a variety of alternatives whether it is organic food, natural skincare, eco-conscious household goods, biodegradable homeware and zero-waste products to spread the walk of sustainability.

The stores latest location at Plot 4 Lower Kololo Terrace will provide four-times more space, plenty of parking, and new amenities.

According to Kaya’s Kitchen Director Naiya Ruparelia, ‘Kaya’ was established in 2020 from her kitchen at home. She further revealed that she started producing the secret pet recipes that have been tried and tested extensively before being launched.

“We love Kampala and noticed a gap in pet stores that provided a Ugandan-made, organic, healthy community-based retail option with foods, treats and supplies.

“We aim to satisfy pet ownership needs, specifically cat and dog owners, in the area and are striving to create a fun & loving community of pet owners in the area,” said Naiya Ruparelia.

Health Ministry Delivers 5.2m Facemasks To Kampala, Wakiso Mukono Districts

The Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr. Diana Atwine has revealed that 5,225,854 face masks have been delivered to Kampala Metropolitan Area, Wakiso and Mukono districts.

She also revealed that the Ministry of Health has so far distributed 13,455,657 face masks to 30 districts across the country.

While the distribution of masks in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono was scheduled to start over the weekend as the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, had indicated, authorities in these districts requested for more time to systematically plan on delivering the masks to the residents.

"Therefore, much as the Ministry of Health concluded the procurement and delivered facemasks to the above-mentioned areas, our teams are still working with the respective local governments and urban authorities to ensure that these masks are distributed to the population living in these areas.

The distribution of facemasks started from the border districts and followed by districts with cities and municipalities, then districts along the cargo truck transit routes and finally others will follow.

Dr. Atwine emphasized the need for members of the public to continue adhering to the preventive measures that the ministry has consistently communicated.

"Please practice COVID-19 preventive measures such as handwashing with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer frequently, maintain a social distance of at least 2 meters and to always wear a face mask when in public.

"Ensure that the face mask covers your nose and mouth. DO NOT let the mask hang on your neck like a necklace, or hang on your ear. The mask must be worn correctly at all times to protect you and your dear ones from getting infected by COVID-19." she said.

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