Daphine, Future President of Uganda
She may be young, but Daphine already has her sights on the top job.
"Right To Play games teach us to be confident. And if you want to be the president of Uganda, you must be confident."
When Daphine joined our programs at the age of four, she was a shy girl, without the confidence to speak for herself. Fast forward 10 years and meet Right To Play Junior Leader Daphine–the future of Uganda.
Not every young girl growing up in Kampala plans to be president one day. Neither did Daphine in the beginning. Her father, Sunday, says she typically showed more interest in TV and sleeping than being active. "[Her] performance in school was not the best and she had very few friends."
After several years participating in Right To Play programs, Daphine began showing hints of leadership, eventually asking her Coach if she could help lead a class activity.
Through play, Daphine has gone from performing poorly in school and showing little enthusiasm during her free time, to becoming a star in her community–and a top student. THE top student, in fact.
Last year in national standardized testing, Daphine got the top score for her age in all of Uganda.
The young leader credits her success to her involvement with Right To Play.
"Because Right To Play games keep me physically fit, when I'm in class my brain is always alert," she said, crediting play to her academic success. "When exam time comes, I remember what the teacher told me."
Her impact is evident. When youth hear that Daphine is coming back from her senior-level school, they organize a play party for her to lead. "By the time [she] reaches home, very many children are at our house already," says her father.
She has gained the trust and confidence of children and adults alike in her community, and encourages all children to play and learn–marks of a great leader.
"If I decide to take politics, it will be easy for me to become the president, since I will have the confidence to speak to many people."