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Job skills for Secondary School Teachers courtesy of ELATE

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The Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Media at the School of Education, Makerere University is working on a program called E-Learning and Teacher Education (ELATE) which develops material for secondary school teachers and teacher trainees.

The Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Media at the School of Education, Makerere University is working on a program called E-Learning and Teacher Education (ELATE) which develops material for secondary school teachers and teacher trainees.

The program develops material like syllabi, examination papers, schemes of work, lesson plans, exemplary class work activities, and valuable advice and guidance which it provides on its website http://ugandaschoolresources.org/. Other materials are put on CD-ROM as well as on printed paper, to give an alternative to those who can not access the internet.

“We supplied over 800 CD-ROMs in 2008 to secondary schools within Uganda,” said the director of the program, Dr. Christopher Mugimu, adding that, “Our website was visited by more than 240,000 people in 2009.”

The program aims at achieving a number of objectives which include; use of E-delivery to provide teaching materials to trainee and practicing teachers; train a body of teacher trainers in courseware design that harnesses E-delivery possibilities; and stimulate an active research program to support learning and teacher education in Uganda.

Dr. Mugimu said that the program is designed in form of phases. The first phase ran from 2007 up to February 2009 and it focused on exploiting E-learning possibilities to deliver reading materials to teacher trainees. The second phase started in the same month under the name JOB-MARK INITIATIVE. It based itself on job-related skills with attributes like communication, punctuality, reflection and self learning, and its major focus was on entrepreneurship as a subject.

The third phase started in August 2010 to succeed the JOB-MARK INITIATIVE which ended in April 2010 and it will focus on the feedback got from those people who have been using the materials. “We will be going to the field to interview these people and see how the materials have helped them” added Dr. Mugimu.

He observed that secondary school curriculum is designed in a way that each subject is taught in isolation from others.

“So, in our program, we are designing a curriculum which will enable a student of biology or mathematics to have skills in arts subjects like entrepreneurship so as to manage their medical units if they become doctors.” He said.

The ELATE team comprises a strong entrepreneurship team, which includes: Members of the national entrepreneurship curriculum design and examination team; authors of new text books; a small enterprise advisor; teacher trainers from universities and practicing entrepreneurs.

The School of Education partners with the Open University, UK in this ELATE venture. It is funded by the England-African Partnerships in higher education (EAP) scheme which, is administered by the British council .
Many secondary school teachers including those outside Uganda have benefited from ELATE. A report on the program’s website http://ugandaschoolresources.org/ shows that teachers from Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Sierra Leone, Netherlands and The UK among others have showed their appreciation for the program.

Asked when the program would end, Dr. Mugimu reassured that the coordinators intend to carry on until program objectives were fulfilled. “We can not afford to end such a fruitful program very soon” he added jokingly.

Article by Aston Mubangizi

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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