ARUA. Arua deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Ms Alice Akello has blamed the current rampant state of unemployment in the country on the poor education system.

Ms Akello said the education system in Uganda is all bend towards good grades but comes devoid of talent search and skilling.

“Our children are being pumped academically because we want all of them to get distinctions and yet in Europe, many people are earning a lot of money through the use of skills like football,” Akello said.

The RDC made the remarks while officiating at the launch of the 8th Airtel rising stars football tournament in Arua town on Wednesday.

The tournament sponsored by Airtel has the main aim of developing young talent across the country and is meant for children below 18 years of age.

But during the launch, Akello amazed the whole gathering when she likened the current education system to a competition involving dogs, monkeys, snakes, fish and elephants, all put in the same race to climb a tree asserting that the fish despite its ability to swim well, will be useless in such a competition.

She further said the greater Northern Uganda that has a lot of sporting talent is faced with exposure challenges for its young people and appealed to Airtel to continue the program.

Akello 10 07 19Akello reads her speech during the launch of the tournament on Wednesday PHOTO BY RIMILIAH AMANDU

Mr Rasul Ariga, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) executive member said the federation was proud of the continued partnership with the telecommunications giant.

Besides the rising stars, Airtel is also the sponsor of the national football team, the Uganda Cranes.

Ariga urged Airtel to consider sponsoring the FUFA drum and other football engagements to further deepen its social responsibility.

Mr Issa Kato, the Arua Municipality Mayor also asked Airtel to go beyond the football sponsorship by helping in other infrastructural areas like roundabouts and Boda Boda stages just like they have done in other towns.

However, Mr David Musinguzi, the territory business manager of Airtel Arua instead tasked the leaders in need of partnership to formalise their proposals reiterating the company’s commitment towards such cause.

Meanwhile, Mr Rashid Apangu, the district football association chairman Arua said final arrangements including dates and participating teams shall be announced at a later date.