Straight Talk, September-October 2011
If you think about what youought to do for other people, your character will take careof itself.
The choices you make daily define the type of person youare. You either have good orbad character. The way youthink, speak, feel and behavetowards other people makes yourcharacter.Good character is a choice basedon what is right, and not what iseasy or just because others aredoing it. It is about knowingthe difference between rightand wrong and always trying todo what is right. Be honest, kind,supportive, keep your promises,and speak the truth, even when ithurts.Character is not inherited. Itis a habit, and habits can bedeveloped. Build it daily by the way you think and act. Goodcharacter does not rely on money,popularity, power, your tribe, orenvironment.
Counsellor Edith Mukisa,Endanger HealthKampala
Feeling cool & safe
Boy s, how w ould y ou w ant gir ls to behav e? What things do gir ls do that y ou lik e and dislik e?
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Oweki Alexander, Biiso War SS, Buliisa, says:
“I believethat if you want to be somebody special, feelgood about yourself. Be yourself. Don’t tryto be someone else. Be friendly. Even if you are not good at sport, join in and do your best."
If you feel badabout yourself most of the time, talk to your parents or teacher for help.
Safe at school
Ayerango Asindo, 17, S2, ButiabaSeed School, Buliisa, says
: "Just being at school makes me cool. Not every young person from our Walukuba village realizes it. Many prefer fishing because our village isnear Lake Albert. Even my threebrothers refused to study andmarried very early. I want tobe a nurse."
KP, 18, S4, Buyanja SS, Hoima, says:
“Knowing my HIV status is the coolest thing I have ever done. I no longer liveunder fear. It was scary at first but alife saving decision. It helps me to makehealthy choices.”
Every year about 25,000children in Uganda are born with HIV.So even a virgin can have HIV. LikeKP, test to be sure of your status.HIV can live in the body for over10 years without showing anysigns.
Nalubega Margaret,18, S4, Karugguza Progressive, Kibaale, says:
“Cool is about being calm,relaxed, confident and in controlof a situation. That is me. I don't get frustrated easily. If I feel I amabout to lose temper, or burst into tears, I take a deepbreathe and excuse myself. Many times I think about the situation before I act."
Nuwamanya Annet,15, S2, Butiaba SeedSchool, Buliisa, says:
I feel cool talking and sharing with my parentsand teachers freely. Iespecially feel happy whenthey listen to me. I amencouraged to seek their advice and avoid mistakes. Also, I respect fellow studentsregardless of their class. I don't bully anyone, dodge class or escape from school or home."
Namatovu Zuraika, Buyanja SS, Hoima, says:
You don't have to wear the latest designer clothes to becool. Cool is about lookingand smelling clean. Bath,wash your clothes, brush your teeth and wear clean shoes. I don't haveany expensive clothesbut people admire me. If anyone tries teasing me,then they are not acting'cool'. It is still cool to be simple and a bit different."
Joy Turinabusingye, Makerere Competent HS, Hoima, says:
As a student leader, I am verycareful with words. I speak clearly andconfidently. I avoidobscenity or being abusive. I feel that is cool."
Nakimpi Rosemary, 19, S4, KanjusiSS, Kibaale, says:
"The way you talkis key. You don't have to talk all thetime, but you need to talk. Otherwisehow will anyone know what a great person you are if you don't say a word?You also need to listen to others. Ialways listen carefully and only talkwhen I have understood the topicof discussion. This makes melook smart and not stupidbefore others.”
Musasizi Ignatius, 19, S4, Buyanja SS, Kibaale, says:
"Many young people smoke anddrink because they think it makesthem feel like adults and courageous. But drinking and taking drugs gives you false courage to do wrong things. It also affects our health. Everyonehas the ability to be what they want without using drugs or alcohol. I am a popular sportsmanat school but I dont drink, smoke or take drugs. Besides, drugs are not allowed in sports."
Birigayomwe Richard, Buyanja SS, says:
“I am a friendly person but choose my friendscarefully. I wouldn't want a friend whochanges boyfriends or girlfriends likeknickers. You must be a person whothinks and does positive things."
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