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MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Makerere University reach out to St. Charles Lwanga Primary School

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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Makerere University held their Annual Service Day on Saturday 4th November 2017 under the theme “Social Inclusion and Collective Action.”

The Scholars reached out to two (2) communities namely in St Charles Lwanga Primary School Bukerere in  Mukono Municipality  and  Giza Giza in Mbuya, Kampala District.

Mr. Ruhweza Sylas, the President of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Alumni Association at Makerere University led the team of transformative leaders to St. Charles Lwanga Primary School Bukerere in Mukono district.

Mr. Ruhweza Sylas remarked that social inclusion should be at the forefront of any humanitarian organization in the world since problems can easily be solved collectively. He added that this is possible since resources are pooled together towards a common goal and for the good of the community.

Scholars interacting with pupils of St. Charles Lwanga Primary School.

“The Service Day is one of the most emotional days where MCF scholars reach out to different communities. Great thanks to the MCF for instilling the spirit of give back in the Scholars, bravo  to the vibrant leaders for teamwork and appreciation to the Scholars for cooperation and participation,” said Mr. Ruhweza. 

In a bid to decongest the number of pupils who study in congested classrooms, the MCF Scholars led by Mr. Abdu Rahman constructed a temporary teaching structure. The MCF  Scholars pursuing a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering led by Mr. Enoch Musasizi, assisted in the electrification of four classrooms to aid learning of the students at night. They were supported by Ms. Sandra Nabulege, an alumnus Scholar of the foundation scheduled to graduate in January 2018.

The MCF Scholars refurbished the sewage system that had broken down for quite a number of years. The team led by Mr. Otile Samuel installed sewage pipes to ensure proper waste disposal.

Other MCF Scholars led by Ms. Harriet Nakiryowa, a member of the Project Implementation Team, participated in general cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, cleaning the toilets and picking rubbish at St. Charles Lwanga Primary School.  

Another team of MCF Scholars led by Ms. Marion Apio sensitized the pupils on water, proper hygiene and sanitation (WASH project), an initiative by BRAC Alumni and MCF Scholars at Makerere University. 

Scholars posing for a photo with some of the administration of St. Charles Lwanga Primary School.

Ms Adur Hilda together with her team, held career guidance sessions both at St. Charles Lwanga Senior Secondary School-Bukerere and at Uganda Martyrs’ College Namugongo. During the one on one interaction, the MCF Scholars shared inspirational stories encouraging the students to read and excel in academics.

According to the Project Manager, Mrs. Jolly Okumu, the MCF Scholars did a great job in the selection of the service day places. She noted that what the scholars did not only portray their sincere appreciation to the foundation but also a sign of responsible leadership and community service.

“Give Back is a sign of commitment by the scholars who resolved to engage different communities and make a difference in their way of life. The service day indicates that the Program is nurturing a spirit of charity in the scholars who are expected to go back and serve other communities. The Scholars are also teaching other people the value of appreciation, community engagement and service,” remarked Mrs. Okumu.

In an interview with the Headmistress of the School, Ms. Clementine Namakula expressed her sincere gratitude to MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University for the intervention and stressed the need for social inclusion and collective action in solving community challenges. She noted that the work of the MCF Scholars will contribute to the improvement of pupils’ grades.

Scholars laying a foundation for the  class room.

 “I am so happy and grateful to God for bringing the team who identified our school. The problems were outrageous and this was hindering leaning in the school. Thank you MCF for the good work done to such needy communities like ours. The School needs structures since the population increases yearly. If we have structures in place, the academic success of our pupils is guaranteed,” she observed.

The MCF Scholars Program is applauded for the incredible work being done to academically empower and transform the lives of the young people who have access to education all over the world. Great appreciation to the Program Implementation Team at Makerere University for the maximum support and guidance accorded to the MCF Scholars.

 

Written by: Ms Marion Apio, MCF Scholar volunteering at 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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