The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) reported around half of girls between the ages of 15 to 24 are illiterate, and four in five girls do not attend high school. Up to 40 percent of girls in Uganda are married before the age of 18. Around 10 percent of these girls are married before the age of 15.

Allowing girls to continue through secondary education significantly reduces the chances of early marriage and childbearing. In Uganda, teenage pregnancy rates are some of the highest in the world. Poverty is the largest contributor to low standards in girls’ education. Uneducated girls are highly susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases as well as other health complications.

NIDO's Black History Month Panel Discussion is a NIDO fundraising event that seeks to raise funds and awareness about the foundations of its global initiatives; the 4E's which include Education, Environment, Equality and Economy. Founder of NIDO Henry Lukenge builds schools, provides educational opportunities, and raises awareness to NIDO’s initiatives.


  • Local Business Women
  • Local Entrepreneurs (who recognize the value of education and its impact on Gender Equity)
  • Finance Educators
  • Finance Professionals
  • Suubi Fusion Troupe (NIDO Students/Performing Arts Group)

Why does gender equality matter?

Gender equity impacts economic sustainability for all. A future of gender parity is one filled with abundance:

  • Increased economic opportunities for businesses globally
  • Solutions to a worsening labour shortage
  • Diverse representation among political leadership
  • Further innovation in the tech and startup industries

It all started with Mrs. Kalule's desire to find different ways for the youth she was sheltering to open up and share their experiences, however traumatic, so they could heal and move on. She had tried a few remedies from her work as a psychiatric nurse, but they did not seem to help, so thought of using African music and the sound of the drum as a starting point for story telling.

This humble start led to many discoveries about the difficult but hopeful lives of the youth she was supporting. Over time, she developed the shelter into Cambridge Secondary School, and with it came a music program.

The Suubi Fusion Troupe has blossomed into a full-fledged touring group which now has a full-time dance and music teacher. Talented music students who are able to access scholarships from the school and have earned the opportunity to perform in Uganda and internationally. The music program and its students were also the subject of a documentary that premiered at Canada's Grand River Film Festival. Henry Lukenge and NIDO has continued the work of his mom (Mrs. Kalule).

Music and Dance in Africa has been part of African culture since the beginning of time. In Africa, music is a language through which people communicate and the dance tells us stories that are part of our everyday life through movement, joy, sorrow, dreams etc. These are all powerful emotions that bring people together in all situations to celebrate, work, mourn, eat and live as a family. Before schools and institutions were built the history and knowledge of African people was preserved and passed on through songs, stories and dances from generation to generation. Africa is the continent with the richest cultural diversity, thousands of languages, tribes, food, fashions and music and dance draws deeply on these elements.



Hart House Social Justice Committee
Suubi Fusion Troupe

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • U of T students


    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Music Room (2006)
  • Note: UofT Student Promo Code: use HHSTUDENTS for $5 off