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.
“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.
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.
“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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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy
The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.
In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th.
Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”
A. Institutional Development
1. Managing and Leading Change
2. Reframing Organizations for effective work
3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement
B. Personal Development
4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development
5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization
6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.
7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking
Who Should Attend?
HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.
Applying to the ACADEMY:
The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: www.hersea.org Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.
A complete application includes:
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:
- Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
- Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
- Short- and long-term career goals
- Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.
c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):
If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at]hersea.org or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates: www.hersea.org.
Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa
HERS-EA US $ ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA
HERS-EA UGX ACCOUNT
Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172
Mak Commissions CoVAB@50 Celebrations, Awards Certificates
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) on Thursday 17th June, 2021 commenced celebrations to mark 50 Years of Veterinary Higher Education, Science, Technology, Innovation and Services (HESTIS) in Uganda. The blended event held at the Industrial Livestock Research, Incubation and Skilling (ILRIS) Center at Nakyesasa, Namulonge as well as online was presided over by the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma and First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Hon. Janet Museveni both represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.
The event, held as part of Makerere University Centenary Celebrations (1922-2022) was a moment of celebration for 1,930 skilled livestock agribusiness entrepreneurs who were awarded certificates in recognition of completion of their respective courses. Owing to the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the students from Incubation Hubs in Atiak, Butaleja, Mubende, Nakyesasa, Sheema and Wakiso were awarded their certificates virtually.
In her remarks read by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Hon. Janet Museveni thanked Makerere University for supporting grassroots level development through groundbreaking innovations under the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development-Skills for Production Enterprise Development and Accreditation (AFRISA-SPEDA) model.
“I am extremely pleased that Makerere University, through those innovative approaches, has developed and launched the alternative approach to building human capital and transferring knowledge to enterprises in communities.
“I would like to encourage all those involved in skills development to adopt methodologies that transform those trainees that go through these programs in ways that enable them also transform the societies they live in” read the Minister’s remarks.
She further noted that commissioning of the CoVAB@50 celebrations was both timely and rewarding. “The commissioning of the college innovations indeed has made meaning. This is a true path to growth of an Academic and Development College of the University, and we congratulate you again.”
Addressing the congregation as Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated CoVAB alumna and incoming Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) under the Office of the President, Dr. Monica Musenero upon her recent appointment. “We thank His Excellency the President for identifying you. Science is in good hands.”
Prof. Nawangwe urged Dr. Musenero to address the structures of managing research and innovation in Uganda, “including the role of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the apparent need to establish a Research Council for Uganda.”
In the same breath he thanked the outgoing and pioneer Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumuwesigye, for his role in ensuring that the ministry is empowered to carry out its mandate.
The Chancellor congratulated CoVAB upon training the bulk of Veterinary Doctors in Uganda over the last 50 years and more recently, Laboratory Technologists at the highest level. He recognised Makerere University‘s obligation to contribute to the economic self-determination of Uganda and thanked CoVAB for conducting research that addresses hindrances to national development, especially in the livestock industry.
“The anti-tick vaccine is one of such innovations which will solve the huge problem of tick-borne diseases that have caused enormous losses to our farmers. There are many other problems on which the college is researching and we thank you for the enthusiasm” he added.
The Chancellor commended CoVAB for being the vanguard of transformation of the grassroots communities through the SPEDA model. “I urge Government to fund this important initiative so that it can more meaningfully contribute to solving the big problem of youth unemployment.”
In her remarks, Dr. Monica Musenero commended the Principal, CoVAB, Prof. John David Kabasa for fulfilling the College’s dream of enabling the masses who drop out of the education value chain as well as those who complete education but have no skills for livelihood, to attain certification in agribusiness entrepreneurship.
“Many people attain academic success and write papers, publish and they become professors but without demonstrable impact on their nation. You have shown by the thousands that you have touched nationwide that indeed you are a professor of national transformation. Congratulations,” remarked Dr. Musenero.
She therefore congratulated the teams at CoVAB and AFRISA upon successfully conceiving and executing a model that is non-traditional, informal, not easily understood and not documented in any textbooks.
As Minister, Dr. Musenero noted that witnessing thousands of individuals from across the country whose skills had been honed through a university programme receiving certificates gave her a lot of hope and material to embark on her tenure with. “I will be looking forward to harnessing these resources as we initiate work on the next leg of Science, Technology and Innovation in the country under the President’s Office.”
The invitation to the Principal, CoVAB to present students for the award of the ordinary diplomas, ordinary certificates and artisan certificates was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba. He congratulated the awardees upon successfully completing their respective courses and graduating with evidence on an enterprise.
Prof. Kabasa clarified that the approach used to train the day’s awardees was not simply a vocational skilling. “The combination of action research with knowledge transfer, skilling, plus assessment and accreditation processes done by organs like the DIT (Directorate of Industrial Training, MoES) has given us this result, for the University to provide true leadership and transformation of the community.”
Present at the celebrations were the Director, DIT, MoES-Mr. Byakatonda Patrick and the Deputy Commissioner Social Services Development, MoES Madam Elizabeth Bateme who have worked through the Academic-Community-Public-Private-Partnership model to ensure that students graduate as entrepreneurs with micro enterprises.
Prior to presiding over the ceremony, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, on behalf of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports officially commissioned the SPEDA Training, Incubation and Research Centre – Nakyesasa.
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