Over 300 Senior Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officers have turned up for a two-week Agriculture Induction Training programme at Makerere University. According to the Minister of State for Luwero Triangle, Honorable Sarah Kataike, the training is aimed at equipping the officers with knowledge and skills, so as to help monitor the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program across the country.
The Minister said that the idea to involve the Officers in this agricultural programme was endorsed by the President of Uganda, H.E, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni after an initial selection of UPDF officers proved very effective in Luwero District last year.
“In that one year the army displayed a high level of efficiency, commitment and education which enabled distribution of inputs in a timely manner. The officers were indiscriminative and ensured effective supervision up to the last person,” said Hon. Kataike. “Secondly, we need to really mobilize our people into commercial agriculture. The challenge has been the lack of inputs, we have been trying to give inputs through the NAADS but it did not work,” the Minister added.
Upon welcoming the guests at the inauguration ceremony, the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu appreciated the great honor bestowed upon the University by the Government of Uganda, by selecting the institution to host and offer the Agricultural Induction Training.
“Makerere is happy to collaborate with the UPDF, as we together work toward transformation of our nation. We assure you General Katumba Wamala that we shall give you nothing but the best.” The Vice Chancellor assured.
The Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Prof. Bernard Bashaasha, said that Makerere University through CAES, was tasked with the responsibility of training the Officers in agriculture before they can be entrusted with the program that seeks to alleviate poverty through the promotion of commercial agriculture.
According to Prof. Bashaasha the training which started Wednesday 6th August, will entail both theory and practical sessions and that by 20th August the officers will be equipped to help
“In the two weeks we are going to host the Officers, we have set up a customized training program, which will give them the necessary skills, in a bid to eradicate poverty with agriculture as the main focus,” said the Principal.
While addressing the Senior Officers, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Edward Katumba Wamala asked the Officers to treat the programme like a mission. The CDF appealed to the officers to practice teamwork for the two weeks they are going to spend while training.
“Take this as a military mission where you have to define the enemy which is poverty and fight it. For the two weeks you are going to spend here; learn to define your mission, come up with your execution plan, to ensure that the mission is achieved, work out your time lines such that whatever is done is being done in time and work out your coordinating instructions to ensure that there are no gaps left.” General Katumba Wamala clarified.
“If the Al-shabab who have tried to frustrate our efforts have not succeeded, how can we fail to deliver what is required to the farmer at the right time, in the right place, in the right quantities and then supervise what is being done?” he further quipped.
The Minister of State for Agriculture, Honourable Zerubabel Mijumbi Nyiira, observed that the training of UPDF Officers is not an invasion into the work of civilians as has been perceived by some members of the public but rather more about maximizing the utilization of human resources in socioeconomic development.
“The training is meant to give them the basics of agriculture so that when they go to the field, they will be able to integrate and lend their services to the distribution of seeds, monitoring of ongoing programs as well as give support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the Local Governments,” clarified Hon. Nyiira.
By Nabatte Prossy, Intern, Public Relations Office
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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