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LUG Makerere Chapter launched

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Every third Friday of the month, the Linux User Group – Uganda (LUG) gathers for its monthly meeting at a venue around town. This time around, the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology played host to the assembly and by 4:00pm, the Level 3 lecture theatre was filled with chatter from a sizeable number of students and ICT professionals.

Every third Friday of the month, the Linux User Group – Uganda (LUG) gathers for its monthly meeting at a venue around town. This time around, the Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology played host to the assembly and by 4:00pm, the Level 3 lecture theatre was filled with chatter from a sizeable number of students and ICT professionals.

As promised by the online postings on the LUG mailing list , this was not going to be any ordinary monthly gathering as Friday 19th February 2010 had been chosen as the date to launch the Makerere chapter of the Jubal Harpster-AGCommons delivers his presentationLUG. A quick scan of the babbling audience revealed mixed looks of expectation and curiosity for the first-time attendees and calmer poised-to-share looks from the more seasoned professionals and their waiting soon paid off.

Jubal Harpster, Technology Officer, AGCommons (Agricultural Geospatial Commons) program took the attendees through a presentation detailing the extensive work done by AGCommons in identifying and developing data, tools and services that deliver relevant, timely and affordable geospatial information to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Citing a Kenyan project in his presentation, he displayed how AGCommons made use of Open Source Software to create A map of existing seed (and other inputs) dealers and carry out Spatial analysis of the information leading to decision on location of new outlets. These maps are then updated at monthly/seasonal intervals on varieties available, with all this done using applications like QGIS .
Simon Vass-E-tech Uganda Ltd
Simon Vass, Technical Manager, E-Tech Uganda Ltd then presented his customized Ubuntu operating system, which he admitted to have put together during his free time so demonstrate the ease of customization and challenge them to come up with their own. He proposed that if willing students were identified to maintain the project, he could push for his prototype to become a release in its own right. He however, availed a copy of his release for students to explore get motivated to develop their own.

Sam a developer from Digital Solutions, who admitted to have completed his Bachelors degree less than two years back, took attendees through his daily use of Open Source Software to develop cutting edge applications like the latest cross-platform Butterfly all the while extolling Linux’ versatility and suitability for development.

At the end of the presentations, Battenberg, Director, Mountbatten Ltd encouraged the students to explore Open Source Software, especially the Ubuntu distributions, which have a locally hosted cache to ease the regular update of their installations. The team also talked about a proposed project to build an Ubuntu mirror at Makerere University or Uganda Christian University Mukono . They then took time off to answer the numerous questions from the students and at the end, thanked them all for coming to the launch, encouraging them delve even further into the daily use of Open Source Software.

 

Sam-Digital Solutions(C Standing) makes his presentation as Reinier (L) and Simon (R) chip in

 

 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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