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The Unique Concern.

The Deaf:

All Deaf Debating Team from

  • Huye Rwanda
  • Ntinda Uganda

The Blind:

All Blind Junior Judges from

  • Dodoma Tanzania
  • Kampala Uganda

All Refugee Debating Team from

  • Kyangwali refugee settlement Uganda
  • Nsambya Uganda

The Four Language Route:

  • French debating language
  • Swahili Debating Language
  • English Debating Language
  • Sign Language Debating Language


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The 1st Annual National Students' Debate Competition on Girl Child Education: June 2018

The Education 2030 Incheon Declaration and Frame work for action. SDG 4, Target .1 ‘By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete Free, Equitable and Quality Primary and Secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.’

Activities proposed include organizing male role models at community levels; organizing father protect Daughter campaigns; Increase sensitization of communities on the value of Girls’ Education and more so Including Boys in gender responsive actions at the school level.

It’s against this that we have come up with the 1st Annual National Students’ Debate competition on Girl Child Education 2018, targeting sensitization and involvement of pupils in the primary section of learning from within Uganda, East Africa and beyond.

Competition Objectives.

 To have/create a team of self-motivated young ambassadors of Girl Child Education in the Region and Beyond.

 To create a platform where young minds are given an opportunity to shape the future of Education in the region and how they can champion the cause to which they all value and contribute to: That’s Girl Child Education.

 To set up a continuous trend of joint mobilization and commitment of young people towards working together to have all Girls In School in East Africa.

Expected Outcomes.

 Having a dedicated team of at least 63 young people from all over East Africa plus invited Guest Countries ready to champion any cause aimed at having men and Boys champion having Girls in School.

 To set a precedent to have country preliminary competitions having young people from the participating countries participate and compete to select the best ones to represent the countries in the regional competitions.

 Together as gathering young people make joint commitments in their capacities towards having personal goals aimed at measuring individual contributions towards supporting Girls’ Enrollment, Retention, and Completion of Education.

Cerebration of winners and Award of Presents and Gifts:

National Cerebrations of

The Day of the African Child. 16th /June/2018.


First School/Team:

  • Primary Debating Perpetual Trophy, Debaters’ Gold Medals. Gifts and Certificates.

Second School/Team:

  • Debaters’ Silver Medals. Gifts and Certificates.

Third Team/School:

  • Debaters’ Bronze Medals. Gifts and Certificates.

All participants/Judges and Volunteers:

  • Certificates and Gifts.

Special Recognition.

  • The overall best debater and the best Junior Judge will join Girls In School Initiative Team to:
  • A first class all expenses paid annual GISI retreat in Kigali Rwanda in August 2018 with Modern Coast Bus.
  • A Cappuccino and Agatogo Rwanda experience at Camellia Café in Kigali City Center.
  • A visit around the city of Kigali.
  • A free yoga Class with Aline Mazimpaka.

Full Competition Documents:

  • Full Debate Concept note here
  • Food Tree Planting Program here
  • A Day Around East Africa here
  • The Four Language Route (coming soon)
  • Girl Rising Movie (coming soon)
  • #GISIDebate2019 (coming soon)

Key dates:

6th-12 June 2018


  • Wakiso District
  • Kampala District
  • Makerere University.

Target populations:


Primary Students: 140

Junior Judges:

Secondary Students: 20

Senior Judges:

University Students: 20


University and Secondary Students: 66

Project timelines:

Pre-debate Activities:

  • Movie Screenings

Date: 6th/June/2018

  • Food Tree Planting phase 7th/June/2018

Debate days:

  • Wakiso District Competitions: 6th/June/2018

  • Kyangwali Refugee Settlement: 12th/June/2018

  • National Competitions:


Post-Debate Activities:

  • A day around East Africa:


  • Food Tree Planting Phase 2

/This is Uganda :


  • Evaluation and Focus on #GISIDebate2019 /Buganda Kingdom Experience


Our Debate Team

Magezi Bashir:

Founder and CEO

Girls In School Initiative

Olwenyi Ronad 
Debate Manager

Najib Sekikubo

 Publicity representative.  

The Core GISI Debate 2018 Competition Running Team


Tanzania Country Coordinator

Southern Africa Regional Coordinator 

Bahat Ibrahim

Debaters’ support trainer. 

Sembatya Hassan

Volunteers and Retreat Coordinator. 

Sekamwa Hussein 
Logistics coordinator. 

Dikan Isaac Samuel 

Volunteer Lead Manager 

Elysee Manishimwe

Rwanda & Burundi Coordinator

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
By Dave Kerpen CEO, Likeable Local

Current News.

Radio Talk Show of Boys on        Girl Child Education

The radio talk show that hosted Members of Girls In School Initiative Uganda took place on Saturday 20th August 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm hosted by Voice of Africa Radio a local Luganda channel in Kampala Uganda airing on 92.3fm frequency with the presenter being Princes Summayya Nsangi Naluwembe on a weekly youth program called ‘Konoweeka’ (a word from a Luganda Proverb which means the baby or something you are to carry, you should not wait for it to be smeared with mud/dust).

The topic of discussion was, Girl Child Education: What’s the role of boys?

GISI was represented by the CEO & founder Magezi Bashir, the Head Programs and Projects Sekamwa Hussein, the Assistant Media and Communications Specialist Ssenyonjo Umar.

Below is an Audio Clip. (In Luganda, English-translated one will be out soon. 

The First Talk-Show On Girl Child Education.
Girls In School Initiative (What is the Role of Boys)

A new program The Debate Competition has been launched.

The 1st Annual Pupils Debate Competition on Girl Child Education will take place in June 2017. Details will be posted soon.

GISI is in final stages of guaranteeing a working relationship with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Uganda, and the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Will soon update you please.

New working partnership with the Innovation Village Kampala.

GISI has entered into a partnership with the Innovation Village Kampala to correct like minds into building new ideas that foster the development of alternative education in Uganda.

And this is through the Innovation Education Lab which is currently led by Magezi Bashir (the founder and CEO) Girls In School Initiative.

This partnership will entail bringing together Schools, Government entities, and other Stake holders including institutions and individuals to think of practical ways through which the education in class (at school as a whole) can be turned into practical and scalable business opportunities right there and then.

Upcoming Events & Timelines

Note: If you happen to find interest in attending any of our events or the events we are partnering in, please just contact us here.

Past Timelines

The 2nd Boy-Talk Moment on Girl Child Education.

The Boy-Talk Moment. Is a community engagement program that involves Men and Boys meeting over a cup of tea on an evening to discuss issues concerning Girl Child Education and what initiatives they can the undertake or engage in to further their commitments, these meeting are conducted on a monthly basis from community to community. For event details by end an email to [email protected]


Deadline for submission of Art Project Entries.


GISI will be presenting at the Idea Café at the Innovation Village Kampala about how Humanitarian Assistance can be used for social good and prosperity. Details here.


GISI in partnership with the Education Lab at the Innovation Village Kampala will be convening the 2nd Education Meet-up to discuss about Alternative Education through Innovation. Details can be found here.


The Boy Talk Moment.


A Girl at School documenting.


Announcement of Winners for the Art Competition.

6th/June/2016. Open call for Submissions to the 1st Annual Students’ Art Competition on Girl Child Education.

11th/June/2016. The Innovation Education Meet-up in Partnership with the Innovation Village Kampala.

Past Events & Activitives


Hosting at Voice of Africa FM. On the program of Youth to talk about the Girl Child Education in the minds of Boys helping.

GISI and partners are gearing up for the Opening of the call for submissions of the Students Art Competition on Girl Child Education. On 6th/June 2016. 

INEE Global Meet-Up, January 2016 And Global Consultation on the EiE Common Platform.
Please follow this link for details about the Event

Joining the #EndChildTrafficking Movie Screening for May 24th 2016.

GISI has joined with the 

#EndChildTrafficking Campaign to hold a Public Screening of the Girl Rising Movie in Kampala Uganda on 24th/May/2016 at the National Cultural Center Auditorium (National Theater).

This event will also be hosting the Official Launch of the 1st Students’ Art Competition on Girl Child Education 2016.

Girls In School Initiative has be hosted at the Wise Initiative Website as one of the Projects that support Education through engaging all relevant stake holders. here 

GISI is partnering up with HIAS (a refugee support Organisation) to undertake a project to educatively engage the refugee children in Uganda with telling their story through art. Details will be posted soon.

Our New members on board.

We at GISI are very much delighted to let you know about our progressive news.

  1. We have new team members joining us,
  1. Najib Nsubuga
  2. Bryan Ngozi
  3. Suzan Gweth 

Join Us. 

By looking through the GISI Principles of ERC (Enrollment, Retention and Completion), Mission, objectives, approach and work, there is a variety of ways through which every one in which capacity can join and work with us.

  • Volunteer with us.

There are two ways of volunteering with Girls In School Initiative;

1. Online Volunteering. Visit our page on UN Online Volunteers Website for details. Click link.

2. Resident Volunteers.

There are quite many ways through which resident volunteers can take part in supporting Girls to stay in school through GISI,

  • Organizing practical competitions on the ground. This involves the general organisation, planning, execution monitoring and evaluation of all the student completions that runs annually, details of the competitions can be found at the Our Work Page or click here, its through;
  • Competition theme selections.
  • Publicity of the competitions.
  • Participation schools selections.
  • Competition guidelines planning and timeline management.
  • Reviewing of the participants’ submissions and selections of the winners.
  • Awards and gifts selections.
  • Awarding of the winners ceremonies organisations and planning.
  • Evaluations of the competitions.
  • Working with partners, in selections and reviewing.
  • Organisation and management of the community centered advocacy programs. ‘The Boys’ Voice’. This involves the periodic planning, organisation, monitoring and evaluations of the community dialogues, it’s through;
  • Theme selection and organisation.
  • Participant selections and invitations.
  • Community centered management and involvement.
  • Event publicity and marketing.
  • Working with partners, in selections and reviewing.
  • Logistics management.
  • Online streaming and internet based advocacy and publicity.
  • Supporting and manning all campaigns into which GISI takes part.
  • Working with partners of GISI.
  • Project management.
  • Administration.
  • Expertise support to GISI.
  • Monitoring and evaluations of the programs and projects of GISI.
  • And good will ambassadorships.

Benefits to the volunteers.

  1. Free modest accommodation near the office premises.
  2. Free feeding (three meals a day) local meals.
  3. Project related transport with in the country.
  4. Airport pick up and dropping.
  5. All project related expenses.
  6. Visa documents related support.

What we don’t provide.

  1. Volunteer travel expenses from home country.
  2. Medical insurance.
  3. Personal expenses.
  4. Visa payments.

For other inquiries, please email us at [email protected].

Interested volunteers can fill the form here.