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Baganda Nkobazambogo students win Mak Annual Cultural Gala Competitions

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The 2017-2018 Annual Cultural Gala was held on Sunday 29th October, 2017 in the ever green University Hall Quadrangle.  Organised by the Dean of Students, Mr. Cyriaco  M. Kabagambe and the Makerere University Students’ Guild,  the major aim of the cultural gala is instilling love for our culture and identity while appreciating our rich cultural diversity.Students showcase Gishu culture at the gala

Twenty student associations participated in the highly competitive Makerere University Annual Cultural Gala. The Baganda Nkobazambogo Makerere University Students Association emerged winner, beating the nearest rivals Bunyoro Kitara Makerere University Students Association, and Kasese Makerere Students Association came third.One of the groups at the competition performing the Anthems.

The two-day competitions conducted on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017 attracted many students and well wishers from the nearby places, with some coming as early as 8:00am. The performances on each day started at 9:00am. On the first day, the presentations focused on four items namely; Makerere University Anthem, East African Anthem, Cultural Anthem and Original Composition while the presentation of drama, poetry, African solo and dance was done on the second day.

A team of six highly experienced and neutral adjudicators was carefully selected to ensure impartiality and objectivity. These included Mr. Kabunga Robert, Mr. John Paul Omunya, Ms. Rebecca Namakula, Mr. Bora Nobert, Ms. Amayo Hope and another, who preferred anonymity.The team from the Dean of Students Department following proceedings at the Gala. (L-R) Mr Steven Kateega- Deputy Dean of Students, Mr Cyriaco Kabagambe - Dean of Students, Mr Rivan Peter Muhereza -Warden Kabanyolo and Galloway Hall, and Mr Edward Lukabara - Warden Livingstone Hall of Residence

Before announcing the results, the adjudicators talked to students, applauding performers and highlighted several recommendations.

According to the results announced at 8:10 pm by adjudicator Ms. Rebecca Namakula, the Baganda Nkobazambogo students scored 651 points, followed by Bunyoro Kitara students with 635 points while those from Kasese came in the third position with 627 points.Some of the judges evaluating performances at the gala.

Before announcing the results, Ms Namakula commended the participants for the high level of commitment throughout the rehearsals and for dedicating time to writing scripts.

Ms Namakula reiterated that the only languages considered during the competitions where local languages and Kiswahili. “We had a problem where some of you used English, and after switched back to local languages," she remarked.

Speaking at the same event, Ms Amayo Hope, who was also an adjudicator, faulted presenters for igStudents from Karimajong performing at the galanoring the composition of poems that portray how strikes can be done away with at Makerere University.

“Strikes are a big challenge to this University and poems were supposed to focus on how this can be addressed," asserted Amayo, while speaking to students who had convened at the University Hall grounds to hear the results.

She advised the performers, to avoid too much violence in their performances, as it could lead to provocations and fights.

The overjoyed Dean of Students, Mr. Kabagambe thanked the performers for treasuring their cultures.  With the successful conclusion of the Students Cultural Gala, the Dean of Students reminded the students to concentrate on their studies since the examination time tables had been displayed in the respective colleges.The cultural gala attracted members of the public from the neighbourhood including children.

In an exclusive interview, the Senior Public Relations Officer of Makerere University, Ms Ritah Namisango remarked that the Makerere University Students’ Cultural Gala was a true representation of the rich Ugandan culture. She was happy to note that the competitions brought together students from various parts of Uganda.

Some of the Cultural Associations that participated included;  The Adhola University Students Association (AUSA) consisting of the Japadhola students, Acholi MAK students Association (AMSA),  and Lango Students Association (LASA) among others.

Written by: MAK Public Relations Office

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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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