The Estates and Works Department (EWD) has embarked on Phase 2 of renovation of sanitary facilities in the University. The renovation works will be carried out by Block Technical Services, the Contractor, who officially received the site at an event in Livingstone Hall on 29th April 2013. The event was attended by the Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe, Hall Wardens, the Guild President Ivan Bwowe, and officials from EWD.
This phase, targeting the School of Law, Africa Hall, Livingstone Hall, Mary Stuart Hall and University Hall, will last 9 months at a cost of 1.6 billion shillings. It will involve overhaul of toilet facilities to replace the current pedestal (sitting) ones with the more hygienic squatting toilets. The metallic piping system will also be replaced with polypropylene rubber, which is rust-free, among other works. The Dean of Students asked the Contractor to focus on high quality work, befitting of an international University, like Makerere. “We do not want to see any shoddy works. We need quality workmanship right from the start to finish. Please remember that we are an international university,” he emphasized.
“In some of these lavatories, the floors have been eaten away, causing stagnation of water. The Contractor is expected to address this. We are also looking forward to replacing the current taps with water saving ones. We have observed that some users leave the water running. The new taps will require pressing for the water to flow and they will automatically turn themselves off after a few seconds. This will eliminate the massive wastage,” explained Darius Muwanguzi, the Assistant Estates Manager. “We will continue sensitization efforts for proper usage of facilities especially in the halls of residence,” he added.
The Wardens asked the Contractor to pay attention to the peculiarities of each hall of residence and also fix modern and long-lasting fittings, like flashing systems that use a pedal as opposed to a handle.
Phase 1 of these renovations works was carried out in the residential halls of Nsibirwa, Nkrumah, Mitchell, Complex, Lumumba and part of University Hall. It also extended to CHUSS, CAES, Physics Department and EASLIS, last year.
The concept for Phase 3, according to Muwanguzi, is yet to be developed subject to the availability of funds; although the need is evident. The Director Estates, Fred Nuwagaba, was grateful to the University Management for prioritizing sanitation across the university and asked for continued support of EWD’s work.
By Marion Alina
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.
NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.
Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.
THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.
(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.
(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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