2023 Goodhart Prize winners with their teachers and families.
The primary level awardees were Birungi Prisca of Mituuli Primary School and Katusiime Jackline of Rutoma Primary School. The secondary level awardees were Muhindo Morian Asingya of Kyebambe Girls Secondary School (O Level) and Kabahumuza Esther of Mpanga Senior Secondary School (A Level). Winners received a T-shirt, medal, certificate, and a cash prize and were celebrated at a ceremony, which was held this year at Mpanga Secondary School.
Around 200 students as well as teachers, parents, and distinguished guests were in attendance, including a female member of Parliament and the District Education Officer. Guests cheered on the winners as their names and scores were announced. "The atmosphere was electric," said Dr. Emily Otali, Country Director for Kasiisi Project and Kibale Forest Schools Program. Otali spoke at the event about her own journey as a Ugandan woman in science (she was Uganda's first female Ph.D. primatologist) and about the need to recruit more girls into math and science to meet the ongoing and future challenges facing Uganda, including those associated with climate change. Otali noted that the Goodhart Prize goes beyond benefitting four girls. "This has a ripple effect because the success of these girls inspires others that they too can excel, even coming from a rural district such as Kabarole. That hope is everything."
When asked what this award meant to them, the awardees emphasized self motivation and the importance of inspiring others. Morian Asingya said, "This means a lot to me and has motivated me to work harder and to encourage other girls to perform very well." Similarly, Kabahumuza Esther (see video link below) said she will "always keep the candle burning and I'll always inspire more girls to do the same." She also expressed thanks for the existence of the Goodhart Prize and encouraged everyone to "Keep inspiring young girls. Keep inspiring Ugandans such that we can become the light of Uganda."
We would like to express our deep gratitude to AOF for their continued partnership that makes this important annual award possible. Thanks also to Tara Peterson of Stupendous Design for creating this year's T-shirt design.
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