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Skills Audit for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects kicks off

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A consortium of universities drawn from the Northern Corridor States of Eastern Africa has been awarded a consultancy to conduct a skills audit for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIPs). The universities in the consortium are Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) from Kenya, Makerere University from Uganda, University of Rwanda from Rwanda and University of Juba from South Sudan.

The skills audit stems from a directive by the Heads of State of the Northern Corridor States that, ‘the region identifies the skills gaps, challenges and opportunities in the region’. The sub-sectors targeted for the skills audit are:  Information and Communication Technology; Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity; Petroleum (oil and gas): upstream, midstream and downstream; Geothermal Development; Commodities Exchange; Human Resource Capacity Building; Land and Hydrographic survey and mapping; Land, property valuation and physical planning; Maritime Transport and Shipping Logistics; Air Space Management

The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct a skills audit that will enable the development of a Human Resource Capacity Building Strategy (HRCB) for the NCIPs within the aforementioned sub-sectors. The four specific objectives of the skills audit have been defined thus: establishing the required skills for NCIP projects in the 8 clusters/sub-sectors defined for the NCIP; determining the existing skills in the member states for implementation of the projects; identifying skill gaps through conducting a training needs assessment of the current workforce; and developing a comprehensive HRCB strategy for the NCIPs.

The skills audit that began on the 26th September 2016 will cost 130,900,310 Kenya Shillings (US Dollars1,296,000). Professor Joseph Y.T. Mugisha, the Principal College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University is the Team Leader of the Uganda team; other team members from Uganda are: Assoc. Professor Juma Kasozi from CoNAS, Dr. Bruno Yawe and Dr. Abraham Owino from the College of Business and Management Studies. The teams will work with specialists for each of the targeted sectors.

The expected outputs of the skills audit include: a well-documented analysis of the required skills in the identified priority skill areas; an inventory of the existing skills in the identified priority areas of the partner states; an inventory of the skills gap (if any) in the identified priority areas that will be measured and demonstrated with specific details of the NCIPs (showing numbers of skilled people needed to fill the gap, by area of specialisation); HRCB strategy and its implementation Action Plan including costed plans, detailed logical framework and evaluation framework.

The concept of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIPs) was adopted in the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on 20th November, 2004 by the first summit of the Heads of State and Government during the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (IC/GLR). The Northern Corridor refers to the transport corridor linking Great Lakes countries of Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda to the Kenyan sea port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean. The Heads of State of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan, agreed to fast-track the implementation of the commitments made in the Dar-es-Salam Declaration focusing on the respective countries.

The NCIPs are organised around the following clusters/sub-sectors: Standard Gauge Railway; Information and Communication Technology; Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity; Petroleum (oil and gas): upstream, midstream and downstream; Geothermal Development; Commodities Exchange; Human Resource Capacity Building; Land and Hydrographic survey and mapping; Land, property valuation and physical planning; Maritime Transport and Shipping Logistics; Air Space Management. Other areas of interest for the Northern Corridor nations include: Immigration, Trade, Tourism, Labour and Services; Single Customs Territory; Mutual Defence Pact; Mutual Peace and Security Cooperation.

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

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.

IMPORTANT:

(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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