The Chairperson of the National Planning Authority (NPA) Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba- Mugerwa has urged Ugandans to view waste as a resource for product and wealth creation. When launching the National Cleanup Uganda Campaign on 14th November 2017 at Makerere University, Dr. Kisamba-Mugerwa who was represented by Prof. Obwoya Kinyera Sam; a member of National Planning Authority said that proper waste management has the potential to contribute to Uganda’s attainment of middle income status.
According to him the initiative can also lead the country to social-economic transformation by 2040, based on its ability to generate wealth, employment, incomes, improved human wellbeing and alleviation of poverty.
“By value addition, there is need to strengthen our efforts as a country, if this target is to be achievable and benefits of forward linkage harnessed. It is important to categorize and sort recyclable waste at source and this involve Mindset change. Effective waste collection systems and promotion of cleaner production technology are critical,” he stated.
The National Public Cleanup Uganda Campaign was organised by Plawaste Consult Limited in partnership with the National Planning Authority.
Kisamba-Mugerwa, a former Division Director of the International Service of National Agricultural Research (International Food Policy) also pointed out the need for proper waste management plan to guide decision making at all planning levels. To him, this could be integrated into other existing plans to ensure efficiency in resource utilization.
“The use of spatial plan to map work spaces where wastes are collected and recycled should be exploited. The development of spatial date infrastructure is critical. Government is developing the spatial data policy and this needs all our support,” he said.
In a presentation on cleanup Uganda strategies, the Managing Director of Plawaste Consult Limited Mr. Tumusiime Kenneth advised Ugandans to embrace the National Cleanup Uganda Campaign; saying that, the initiative provides a solution to the challenges of poor waste disposal management and environmental degradation.
“Let us empower the youth, and our children to embrace the drive. We are saving the future Uganda, therefore this cause should be everybody’s responsibility. I also encourage all parties involved to take keen interest in their components to ensure their smooth implementation for the benefit of this country,” Mr. Tumusiime said.
He called upon Ugandans to adopt products that can be harnessed from proper waste management for direct usage when he said “we have bio gas, electricity, compost manure and recycled materials on our market to use, so we should stop complaining how garbage is destroying the country yet we know its importance. Let us be innovative and creative as we save the country from waste destruction.”
Mr. Tumusiime applauded National Planning Authority for their total commitment to support the National Public Cleanup Uganda initiative.
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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.
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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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