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MAK students sensitize the community on waste management and environmental conservation

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On 2nd October 2017, Makerere University students convened at the Western Gate to actively participate in the Waste Management Awareness Week aimed at sensitizing the University community on the importance of waste management and keeping the environment clean. 

Organised under a theme, Sustainable Waste Management at Makerere University, the program running from 2nd to 6th October 2017 presents an opportunity to students and staff to take the lead in activities geared towards promoting sustainable waste management as an action to combating climate change. 

The Waste Management Awareness week is a sustainability program that is stipulated in the Makerere University-Bangor University collaborative partnership and focuses on promoting sustainable development at Makerere University. The program also engages the University community in four major aspects of prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling of waste to reduce waste generation at Makerere University.

Students holding charts containing informative messages on waste management and sustainability

“We want to reach out the entire university community during this awareness week that is why we have several activities going on. These include carrying out general cleaning, putting waste management stickers on designated places, pictorial presentation of the University Waste Management, exhibition of waste-recycled item and displaying of placards with awareness message. We have developed a social media campaign to reach out to students, staff alumni and the well-wishers of Makerere University,” said Ms Pamela Matovu, the Coordinator of the Sustainability Program at Makerere University in an interview with Makerere University Public Relations Office. 

She applauded students for their active participation and called upon the entire Makerere University fraternity to embrace the campaign and ensure that waste is properly managed in the University.
 
She thanked the Organising Committee, Estates and Works Department, Students Sustainability Action Group (SSAG), the Students’ Guild-Ministry of Estates and Environment (83rdGuild) and Makerere University Waste Management Research Association (MUWMRA) for their tireless efforts to ensure that the five days campaign is a success.

Save paper, Save trees, save the world, one of the students sends the message to the community.

 In a special way Ms Pamela Matovu thanked the Sustainability Lab, Bangor University and Hub Cymru Africa (a Welsh Government international development funded program) for their support that has enabled the successful implementation of the program.

The GRC School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources who also doubles as the Minister for Estates and Environment on Makerere University 83rd Guild, Hon. Nankya Esther said that the Waste Management Awareness week is a drive geared towards environment conservation and cleanliness within campus. 

“As a leader I believe environmental conservation is key to the health of the people. We would like to make it a culture at Makerere University since change should start with us. We believe that through proper waste management we are creating a better place to live in,” noted Nankya.

Sustainable Waste Management is an action towards combating climate change. This is in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 of ‘Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, focusing on target 5 that states, ‘By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.’

AFRO-STONE Solidality, students from Living Stone Hall joins the ladies from Africa Hall during the Waste Managment Campaign.

The Waste Awareness Week started on Monday 2nd October 2017 at the Western Gate. From there students headed to Africa Hall where they conducted interviews and photo booth sessions.

On Tuesday 3rd October 2017, the team will be at Mary Stuart and this will be followed by an exhibition on recycling waste on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the Department of Environment Management. On Thursday 5th October 2017, the team will proceed to Makerere University Eastern Gate and the activity will end on Friday 6th October 2017 with a number of students and stakeholders involved in picking litter as well as ‘Keep Makerere University Clean’ activities. 

Article by: Kanyi Rachael and Apio Marion- Student Volunteers, 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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