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Makerere University increases water supply by 30%

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The University Management has funded renovation works to the tune of UGX.100million to ensure sustained supply of water to the Makerere University community.

The renovation of the two Main Water Reservoirs with each having a capacity of 170,000litres provides a total of 340,000litres thus increasing the supply of water at the Main Campus by 30%.

The Contractor, Civicon Ltd, started the renovation works on 24th September 2012 and completed the works on 16th November 2012. The University’s Estates and Works Department supervised the work.

“Prior to this renovation, the available water from the tanks to Makerere University was 900,000litres leading to unstable water supply in different units. With the renovation, we have an additional 340,000litres thus providing a total of  1,240,000litres of water to the Main Campus,” explained, the Director Estates and Works Department, at the handover of the completed water tanks held on Wednesday 28th November 2012 at the Observatory Hill.

The renovation works involved dismantling of the existing pressed steel tanks to select reusable materials; replacement of defective plates; supply and fix bolts, mild steel angle bars, brackets, new strip jointing material and doing the necessary jointing to erect the tanks; replacement of internal bracings and ladders and connection of the water supply system; disinfection of the tank and calibration of the level marker; and painting of the internal and external surfaces with approved paint.

Handing-over the completed water tanks, Mr. Patil representing the  Contractor, Civicon Ltd said:  “I am happy to inform the Makerere University Management that the outputs are two complete Braithwaite tanks each of 180 cubic metres capacity with new internal steel bracings, brackets, ladders and calibrated level marker well painted both internally and externally. As Civicon Ltd, total quality management is our policy and therefore we have delivered high quality works and we thank the University Management for the cooperation and good supervision during the entire project.”

Mr. Patil from Civicon Ltd then handed over the site at the Observatory Hill and the completed water tanks to  the University Management represented by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration),Professor Robert Ikoja-Odong.

On behalf of the University Management, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Professor Robert Ikoja-Odong said, “I thank the Contractor for completing the renovation works in the specified contract time.  With this handover of two renovated water tanks, the University community is now assured of more reliable water supply. We have used money internally generated by the University to fund the renovation works and increase water supply.  This facility which is to benefit each and every one of us is testimony that the University Management is putting the money to worthwhile causes.”

“With this renovation of the Main Water Reservoirs at the Observatory Hill, the student’s slogan-we want water will be history.  With more water, we shall be able to scale up the level of cleanliness and hygiene at the Main Campus,” said Ms Ritah Namisango, Senior Public Relations Officer, Makerere University.

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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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