MAK-MCF Scholars tipped on leadership and career development
Over 250 students on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Makerere University are participating in the Summer Leadership Camp running from 25th to 29th June 2017 at Katomi Kingdom Resort Hotel.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu officially opened the 3rd Annual Summer Leadership Camp 2017 under the theme: Positioning the scholars for leadership, career and commitment for change.
Addressing participants at the official opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu applauded the MasterCard Foundation for their tremendous efforts in not only educating the African child, but also empowering the child to become an inspired African leader of the next generation.
“On behalf of Management and Makerere University community, I extend sincere appreciation to the MasterCard Foundation Program for this remarkable initiative that offers Scholars with extra skills to enable them succeed in the competitive world they live. As Makerere University, we are committed to supporting The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to be able to achieve both the vision and mission of Makerere University and that of The MasterCard Foundation,” he remarkably said.
Prof. Ddumba urged students to take the camp seriously and actively participate in the activities. He encouraged students to always have a point of focus in their life that will help them to meet the expectations of their funders.
“You are being trained to be the next generation of achievers and leaders, who will be committed to service in your community, country and even continent. My advice to you Scholars, is: Be grateful every day for having received this comprehensive scholarship that gives you such extra trainings to enable succeed in life,” said the Vice Chancellor.
The Vice Chancellor thanked Dr. Florence Nakayiwa and her team for organizing a wonderful and successful camp that was going to practically benefit the scholars in both their academic and career life.
According to the Coordinator of MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, the third Summer Leadership Camp is aimed at equipping scholars with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to have a competitive edge in the world of work. The scholars will enhance their leadership abilities, critical thinking and ccommunication skills, team work, time management as well as commitment to transform or change their communities, country and continent.
“We are focusing at providing relevant and quality information to the Scholars to make informative decisions on further education, employment and entrepreneurship. All these are very good skills, if put in practice, they will give scholars a leverage over their peers and enable them to succeed in this competitive world,” she said.
During the camp facilitated by reputable trainers from Full Bridge, the MCF Scholars together with the Mentors and Project Implementation Team developed norms that would guide their interaction and flow of events during the leadership camp. The norms included: Time management, being present in body and mind, creating new friends, a friendly interaction among scholars, considering a descent dress code, wearing nametags and among other.
One of the MCF Scholars Ms. Tushaba Winnie, thanked MasterCard Foundation Program for the opportunity they granted African children to receive the best education ever. Recapping on the day’s program, Tushaba informed the Vice Chancellor and the entire congregation that the Summer Leadership Camp shall always remain the best incubation and mind setting activity to the scholars.
“We have learnt a lot. We have been able to relax our minds through different interesting activities. These are some of the days we will always remember,” she said amidst applause from other Scholars.
The MCF Scholars also appreciated the learning approach in a relaxed style organized in form of families/households with coaches and mentors saying, this enhanced team work, bonding and ignited their creative potential.
The former Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera is expected to close the workshop on 29th June 2017 with an awarding ceremony.
Mr. John Osuna, the Coordinator of the Summer Leadership Camp said scholars are expected to participate in different trainings and activity engagements facilitated by reputable trainers from Full Bridge.
“At the end of the camp, scholars would have gained knowledge on how to manage time and stress, be able to apply design thinking in their life as well as learning tactical ways of engaging with the community,” he said.
Article: Mak News Reporters
Scholars & Alumni of Mastercard Foundation light up Achukudu Community, Napak District
By Bernard Buteera
On Saturday 2nd December 2023, all roads led to Achukudu Community Primary School in Napak District, Karamoja sub-region, as the Scholars and Alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University commemorated their Scholars’ Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback). The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service was held at Achukudu Community Primary School, Napak District in the Karamoja sub-region. Established in 2013, Achukudu Community School serves two ethnic communities—The Iteso and Karamojong.
With a total population of 1,907 pupils only three government-paid teachers, and nine community-paid teachers, the School faces a plethora of challenges. Key among the challenges is the lack of Classrooms, decent Ventilated Pit Latrines, and Desks. Therefore when the Scholars identified the School as one that deserved to be given a gift of a classroom block, it was a befitting choice!
The Scholars with support from the alumni, the Program Team, Members of the Steering Committee, and partners of the Scholars Program at Makerere University intervened by constructing a two-classroom block, which was supervised by one of the alumni who is an Engineer. Alongside the classroom block, the Scholars also provided 40 desks, helping the school meet UNEB Center eligibility criteria.
While presiding over the event, the area member of Parliament, Hon. John Bosco Ngoya, thanked the Scholars and alumni community at Makerere University for supporting the young pupils of Achukudu Primary School and the entire community by gifting them with a two-classroom block.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University for the Christmas gift of a classroom block to the young people and the entire community of Achukudu. This classroom block will go a long way in improving the learning environment of the young children of Achukudu primary school.” Hon. Ngoya pointed out.
Hon. Ngoya called upon other people to emulate the Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation in embracing the spirit of giving back to the vulnerable people in the community. On his part, he donated One Million Five hundred shillings (1,500,000/=) to help the School purchase more desks, and he had earlier contributed One million shillings (1,000,000/=) towards the construction of the classroom block.
The District Education Officer (DEO) for Napak District, Ms. Joyce Nakoya, praised the Scholars Community for embracing and practicing the spirit of giving back to other people at an early age.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation at Makerere for embracing the spirit of giving back to other people at such an early age. If all people gave back to the less privileged in our communities, we would have a better world for everyone.” Ms. Nakoya pointed out.
Ms. Nakoya further pointed out every child deserves to study in a decent environment, therefore it was a befitting cause for the Scholars to construct a classroom block for the young pupils of Achukudu community primary school, who were studying in open grass thatched classrooms.
The Program Manager of, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Ms. Jolly Okumu who led the team of Scholars, alumni, and staff to Karamoja thanked the community of Achukudu for supporting the Scholars to deliver the class block by contributing to the construction sand.
“We come here today to join with you as a community driven by a shared commitment to education, empowerment, and ethos of giving back. Today is a historic occasion as we celebrate the completion and commissioning of the classroom block, which is a remarkable testament to the transformative power of education and our unwavering spirit of community service.” Ms. Jolly remarked.
The President of the Scholars Association, Mr. Godfrey Okello, thanked all the Scholars and alumni, and all stakeholders who contributed to the construction of the classroom block, which was a dream that became a reality.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and people of goodwill who supported us to realize our dream of constructing this classroom for our young brothers and sisters of Achukudu Primary School. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow young people in Uganda and Africa as a whole.” Mr. Okello remarked.
The Headteacher of the School, Mr. Eryebu Raymond, who was visibly very excited was full of praises for Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation, for what he termed as an iconic classroom block they had gifted to his School.
“This day is very special to us, we will not see this day again. We are delighted to receive the Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation from Makerere University, thank you for considering supporting our School” Mr. Eryebu excitedly remarked.
The Headteacher revealed that one of the major challenges the school was facing was an acute shortage of classrooms for his 1,097 pupils. He was therefore grateful to Mastercard Foundation Scholars for choosing to construct a two-class block for the School.
“This donation of a classroom block and Desks is a testament to your commitment to education and empowering the lives of the vulnerable people in the community. This classroom block and desks will go a long way in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school.” Mr. Eryebu further remarked.
The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback) was punctuated with a lot of joy, pomp, and fanfare, as the pupils and the entire community of Achukudu danced and ululated at the commissioning of the classroom block. The construction of the classroom block and purchase of desks for Achukudu Community Primary School was made possible by generous contributions by the Scholars, alumni, the Program Team, and members of the Steering Committee.
Among the Partners who made financial contributions towards the class block construction included; DFCU Bank, Post Bank, URA, Katumba Estates, Footsteps Furniture Ltd, and Sion Travels Ltd.
The Scholars and Alumni Day of Community Service (Give back) is an annual event, where Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation go out into the community to give back by providing solutions to challenges that a particular community is facing. Over the years Scholars have given back to the communities in numerous ways that range from offering professional services and erecting major projects like classroom blocks.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
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