This is an extraordinary story, from an extraordinary girl. This is the story of Akello Ruth. Where do we start? Okay, 2014. If you asked Ruth in 2014 whether she would be a midwife, she would have told you no. But this is 2020. And she is a midwife and an essential worker, during these Covid-19 pandemic.
When Ruth was in secondary school, she didn’t quite know which career option to take. Ruth was good in arts subjects, but was also passionate about ICT & coding. In A-level, she was team leader of the Science & Technology Innovations Club (STIC), and admired to study IT related course at Uni. In fact she did HLD subject combination in A-level. Throughout her A-level she lead the club, participated and represented the school in many STEM competitions. These include:
- 2015: Taking part in MTN App Challenge
- 2015: Participated in Technovation Challenge
- 2015: Participated in Annual Communications Innovations Awards (ACIA)
- 2014: Participated in Science & Technology Innovation Challenge (Robotics)
- 2014: Participated in Technovation Challenge
However, after her A-level, her Aunt decided to enroll her for midwifery. At first she was not happy with it, but she finally accepted and enrolled for a Certificate in Midwifery at Good Samaritan School of Nursing and Midwifery in Lira. She started at 2016 and finished in 2018 – two and half years. About the her decision to switch to midwifery, she said:
In life, things happen around us but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about learning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.
Today, she is happy that she joined the science field. Ruth is currently a midwife, working in Kampala. When asked about her IT skills and her plan, she said she now looks forward to pursuing medical records, where she will be able to put her IT skills to good use. For now, she is happy helping mothers and and enjoying her newfound status as essential worker.
Ruth has been able to transition from an Arts combination to Science course, and get a job immediately after studies. She is example of how one can easily switch from arts/humanities to science.
Ruth was born in 1996, started her education journey in Bwerayangi Junior Primary school, Bushenyi district, in western Uganda. She then attended Bugembe Islamic secondary school (for O-level), Jinja city, in the east of the country. This multi-lingual, multi-ethnic background is quite important in the health sector, she is well positioned to use it to serve with distinction.
For the youth out there, she has advice for you:
Don’t let anyone steal your dreams, follow your heart no matter what. No dream is too big or too small when one works hard to wards it. One should always try making dreams come true.
2016: Ruth seen here with her Technovation team. She served as Mentor for Technovation Challenge competition at Lira Town College.
2015: Ruth taking part in Technovation Challenge activity at Resilient Africa Network – Makerere University, Kampala.