Toro Cultural School Closed due to Bankrupcy

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A school set up specifically to teach Toro culture has closed due to the lack of funding. Koogere Cultural Foundation, located in Kabarole, was set up in 2004 memory of a legendary female princess of Busongora. It offers weekend classes in culture, traditional handicrafts and Toro language. Last year, Koogere Cultural Foundation started a program to specifically recruit girls into the classes. The Koogere cultural foundation in Kabarole district has closed down its operations over funding. This was intended to honor the woman after whom it was named by training the girls in leadership skills and entrepreneurship. Now the foundation, widely hailed for its work, is closing its doors. Gertrude Balinda, a member of the foundation, says it owes more than 1.5 million shillings in unpaid rent. She says that with no external assistance and the highly subsidized fees paid by students, it became impossible to run the school. //Cue in: "These children ..." Cue out: "... for a common good."// In 2004 Alice Basemera was granted the inaugural Koogere Award for emulating the princess's qualities of hard work, creativity and cultural pride. Basemera says she is devastated to see and end to the foundation. She has written to the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development requesting for urgent assistance to keep it running. Apart from the school, the Koogere Cultural Foundation also managed community museum and a cultural foundation in Fort Portal town. ###