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Aber P7 @100 years: 83-year-old former pupil, Betty Ocwet recalls 

(Last Updated On: 13 December 2023)

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, celebrations to mark Aber Primary School at 100 years will be held.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the “significant day”. On the same day, the grand fundraising event will take place.

Funds raised will help to renovate the current dilapidated classroom blocks, and support initiated school projects, among others.

Ahead of the Day, for the last few months, Old Boys and Old Girls of the school have been sharing their stories and memories, highlighting how the school played a key role in their career.

The 11th edition of the Anniversary Series is by Imat Enume Betty Ocwet. She writes:

I am Enume Betty Ocwet, I joined Aber Full Primary Six School in 1953 when the institution was 30 years old. As I write this message, I am 83 years of age and am grateful to Almighty God.

When I joined the school we were around 40 pupils per class.  I can still remember my friend Margaret Adong who was so active when it came to church activities and inspired many of us spiritually.

Also read: Anniversary Series, Aber P7@100 years: memories by Achieng Judith Bunga

She later married Julio Peter Ayoo, who was a teacher in the same school. Unfortunately, Margaret breathed her last in a taxi accident while returning home from a conference. May her soul rest in eternal peace!  

Another friend of mine was Kia Consy, she was fond of fine art, she became an entrepreneur and has inspired many girls in tailoring.

During our time, the Head Teacher was called Anyeko John, the Education officer was a British national called Dransfield and inspectors were also British; they had strict supervision of the schools, this helped us in learning because they supervised our studies adequately.

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I remember my Religious Education Teacher, Mr. Allani Gedeon, who taught us Psalms 23 and encouraged the pupils to learn, remember and recite the words in this verse during times of Joy, petition, challenges and thanksgiving to God. This verse strengthens me to believe in God till this moment and has made me understand that with God, all is possible.

Whenever he brought up the topic of King Solomon, son of David; where Solomon asked God for wisdom, I would also pray to God for knowledge and understanding and this made me successfully complete my primary leaving examinations which I sat for in 1957.

Also read: The Anniversary Series, Aber P7 @100: Peter Acol (1969-1976)

 As pupils in this school, we had many activities like: 

  1. Tours – whereby, the school organized tours yearly to Para, Murchison Falls; where we viewed wild animals, waterfalls and sitting in the boat was such an exciting experience, that I live to remember up to date, and also the hippopotamus, the elephants etc.
  2. Handcraft activities – this helped many of us to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Finally, I look back to those days, the wonderful time of my education at Aber Full Primary School with much privilege, and continue to feel thankful, and glad to be an alumnus of this school. 

My heartfelt advice to the pupils and all members of the school is that ‘It is always good to start with God, ask God and he never fails’. 

Thank you.

Editorial:The Anniversary Series ends tomorrow at 6 pm. Do you still want to be part of it? If yes, send us your story or memories via WhatsApp No. +256700702961 or email: tndnews2012@gmail.com, newsroom@tndnewsuganda.com

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