On Saturday 4th November 2017, MasterCard Scholars at Makerere University together with the residents of Giza Giza in Mbuya, community leaders and in collaboration with the Kampala Capital City Authority participated in sanitation activities that involved cleaning the slum, collecting garbage, and sensitizing the community on sanitation and personal hygiene.
Promoting the “Give back to the community idea,” MCF Scholars donated cleaning materials worth UGX 1.2million as a sign of keeping the village clean. They also donated jerry cans of liquid soap produced by some MCF scholars to help the community during the cleaning of public toilets.
Giving back to the community is one of the activities emphasized by the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program. Its major aim is to encourage scholars develop a heart of helping people. The activity also helps to inculcate a positive attitude among scholar towards social and economic transformation of Africa. During the program, Scholars are encouraged to return to their home areas and/or countries and invest their skills in the community and the entire country’s social and economic growth. They are empowered to serve as mentors, role models and problem solvers in their communities.
Every academic year, MCF Scholars select a community to benefit from their give back project. This year, they selected Mbuya II Parish, Giza Giza Community and Mukono district as their point of action under a theme; “Social Inclusion and Collective Action”.
“This year we had two points of Action, one in Mbuya where scholars carried out community clean up and sensitization on sanitation and personal hygiene and another one in Mukono where they constructed a class for a UPE school. Our message is that we can do this together, by ourselves and for our own good. We should not wait to be told as a community but rather it should be our own initiative to change our community for the better,” said Mr. Kayiza Isma- Speaker of MasterCard Scholars Association.
On behalf of Mbuya II Parish, the LCV Councillor Nakawa I; Kampala Capital City Authority Mr. Mugisha Moses Okwera commended the wonderful job done by the MCF Scholars and encouraged them to continue with the spirit of helping communities.
“This is a good cause, the community is impressed and challenged to maintain what you have started. I thank the leadership of MasterCard Scholarship Foundation and Makerere University for allowing students to come and engage us. This Scholars’ visit has not only created a positive impact on the village but also to the MasterCard Foundation and Makerere University Community at large. My residents are so impressed to have interacted and worked with Makerere University students. We pledge to keep and promote the drive towards cleanliness and good sanitation,” he said.
Nakitto Florence a resident of Giza Giza village commended the work of the scholars saying that it is the first time in her life to see university students engaging community members. She appreciated the students for sensitizing the community on sanitation and personal hygiene especially in Giza Giza; a slum and highly populated place.
In the same spirit the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Coordinator of MasterCard Program at Makerere University, Mr. Tito O. Okumu thanked the community for hosting MasterCard Scholars for their community outreach. He acknowledged the community’s cooperation during the outreach activities and their polite acceptance to come and be part of the community clean up.
He commended the great work done by the community leaders in guiding the MCF Scholars during the clean-up and sensitization activities and also thanked Kampala Capital City Authority for accepting to partner with the scholars for the clean-up activity.
He appealed to students to promote the idea of community engagement to other students when he said, “I encourage you to engage your fellow students in this drive. Teach them, mentor them and also guide them on how to engage community. This action does not only represent us as leaders but builds a positive image of Makerere University.”
Article by MakNews Reporters
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.
NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.
Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.
THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.
(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.
(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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