Our dearest Jane Karekyezi Katushabe Nganwa, the sixth child of the late Dina Bashara and Paul Karekyezi, was born on Saturday October 26, 1964 in the Mbarara district. Jane was a curious, determined and intelligent child, who was blessed with opportunity to fulfill her desire for understanding through education. She went to primary school in Ibanda and completed her secondary school studies at Bweranyangyi Girls Secondary School, after which she accomplished a two year teacher training and certification course at Shimoni Teacher Training College.
Jane taught at Shimoni Demonstration School, after which she attended Kyambogo Teacher Training Institute where she graduated with a Diploma in Education (1990-93). Jane then returned to Shimoni as an English and Social Studies teacher.
Jane’s desire to be the most informed and capable teacher for her students drove her to push her educational career a step further by joining Ndejje University, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in English and Social Studies (2002-2005).
Upon completion of her studies, Jane returned to her Alma-mater, Shimoni Demonstration School, where she taught English and Social Studies for over 25 years, to thousands of her beloved students, without reporting having fallen sick any day. Jane was a dedicated and compassionate teacher, who believed that with education, the younger generation will be the best generation, and will save the world.
In 2012 Jane was introduced to, fell in love with, and got married to Dr. David Dwan Nganwa Jr. Through the marriage she was blessed with one step daughter, Gertrude Yvvone Kirabo Nganwa. Dr. Nganwa has worked at Tuskegee University in the USA for many years.
In 2014, Jane relocated to the USA to join her husband, and continue her desire to teach children with special needs. Because of her loving and hard-working nature, Jane quickly made friends in the USA, and was given the name “Jeni” by her Ethiopian friend “Boge”. Jane was a woman with many gifts and talents, among them love, faith, humility, and determination.
Our dear Jane departed this earth suddenly on Thursday January 13, 2022, between 12:55 pm and 1:35pm CST at the United States Postal Service in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
Jane was preceded in death by one brother: Richard Mwesigye, and one sister Alice Kebirungi. Jane leaves to cherish her loving memories, a devoted and loving husband, David, sisters: Beatrice Kyokugasha, Sylivia Musiime, Ruth Kobutungi, and Anna Busingye, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jane will be sorely missed by family and friends alike, but her power, energy, determination, hope, faithfulness, and her enthusiasm to serve and uplift each of us, will remain an example, a light, an inspiration, and a consolation to us all.
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