Kibiina reveals that some reputable tourism agencies have been denying him high-profile clients, citing low levels of literacy and etiquette to suit their tastes and preferences in the modern adventure and leisure services industry, however, with a certificate in social work, he hopes to break such barriers.
Fifty-two-year-old Ronald Kibiina, a tour guide in Jinja city is among the 749 graduates who successfully completed different courses
at YMCA, Jinja branch and graduated on Friday.
Kibiina who graduated with a certificate after accomplishing a two-year course in social work
and social administration-SWASA emerged as the best overall student at the
Kibiina, who was born in Kalangala says that he successfully
completed both primary and O’level education with good grades, but registered poor performance in his UACE, yet he lacked funds to repeat the
same, prompting him to opt for odd jobs.
Kibiina reveals that he tried to invest in several
small-scale businesses that failed to
take shape, but his friend introduced him to the tour guiding business, which has since earned him sufficient income to support his family.
However, for the past 20
years, he has been struggling with exhibiting the necessary skills required in handling world-class tourists.
Kibiina says that the course has earned him exposure to the
necessary skills necessary for him to easily interact with clients from
different walks of life and races.
He further reveals that some reputable tourism agencies have
been denying him, high-profile clients, citing low levels of literacy and etiquette
to suit their tastes and preferences in the modern adventure and leisure
services industry, however, with a certificate in social work, he hopes to
break such barriers.
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Kibiina, a father of four who graduated alongside one of his
daughters, Eseza Nakigunga says that the course was demanding, as he had to equitably
allocate quality time for his family, job and school needs alike, throughout his two
years’ education journey. But with support from friends, he managed to accomplish
his study goals.
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Nakigunga says that Kibiina acted as her form of protection
from associating with peer groups throughout her study period.
She adds that they always revised together, which enabled
her to earn good grades at the end of the course.
“My father is my best friend who
always advised me to revise on a daily basis, we always shared developmental ideas together and
our study in the same school enabled us to bond more as a family,” she says.
Meanwhile, Godfrey Nkoole, the deputy principal of YMCA says
that Kibiina has been a disciplined student, who voluntarily offered parental guidance
and advice to several learners within the institution.