As soon as the final whistle was blown, jubilations and celebrations erupted among Ugandans who had come to cheer the Mighty Cranes during the final match of the 3rd World University Netball Championship. Hosts Uganda beat defending Champions South Africa 44-43 in the highly anticipated, hotly competitive Final Game.
The FISU World University Netball Championship which started on Monday, 17th September ended blissfully for Uganda on Friday, 21st September 2018 with the triumphant hosts lifting the trophy. The Championship attracted six other countries including USA, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa.
During the closing ceremony that was held in the Makerere University Sports Arena, a jovial Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, congratulated the Mighty Cranes upon their historic victory. He also commended South Africa for putting up a defensive game and Singapore for emerging third in the 2018 Championship.
“I also thank the delegations from the six countries namely; Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, USA and Zimbabwe for accepting our invitation. I thank the International University Sports Federation (FISU) for entrusting the Republic of Uganda and Makerere University with hosting the 2018 Championship,” he said.
The Prime Minister appreciated the Ministry of Education and Sports, the leadership of Makerere University, partners, event sponsors and the Uganda Police Force (UPF) for ensuring that a successful event was held. He also thanked the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Engineering Brigade in particular for ensuring that the sports facility was ready for the Championship.
According to Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, sport is an important tool for promoting unity and team spirit. It is a discipline that teaches people to live harmoniously and peacefully in societies. He therefore called upon students to exhibit their talents and also promote their universities and Uganda at large through sports.
“I can attest to the fact that sports can be played alongside academics. For years, the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports has supported students a with a sports talent to pursue education in the respective universities,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the Mighty Cranes upon the well-deserved victory. In the same spirit he commended all participants for their energetic performances.
“Throughout this Championship, I noted that all participants put up spirited, skillful and professional performances. I therefore appreciate the heads of delegation, managers, coaches and sports tutors of the respective teams for a job well done,” said the Vice Chancellor.
“In a special way allow me to thank Team Uganda; The Mighty Cranes, for the passion and professionalism they have exhibited throughout the games. You have dearly defended and promoted the netball brand of Uganda and our respective universities. Your talent and creative play has endeared us to other countries as experts in netball. Thank you so much!” he added.
Prof. Nawangwe commended the professional conduct of the 2018 Championship referees and the technical team, the efforts of the Local organizing committee and the volunteers that guaranteed the smooth running of the games. He as well applauded the UPDF Engineering Brigade for constructing a world class indoor sports facility as a befitting legacy to the event.
He thanked the Government of Uganda and in particular the H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni for extending support worth UGX5.57billion to the construction of the Makerere University Arena.
“On behalf of FISU and sister members, I appreciate the hosts, the international and local organizing committees, the coaches, players and volunteers for the job well done. This game ended with excitement. As the FISU President, it gives me great pride and joy to say that we have successfully held the 3rd FISU World University Netball Championship 2018. Webale Uganda, webale Makerere University,” said Mr. Liberty Maidza, the FISU President’s representative.
The closing ceremony climaxed with a grand dinner at Imperial Royale Hotel.
Article by Mak Public Relations Office
Scholars & Alumni of Mastercard Foundation light up Achukudu Community, Napak District
By Bernard Buteera
On Saturday 2nd December 2023, all roads led to Achukudu Community Primary School in Napak District, Karamoja sub-region, as the Scholars and Alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University commemorated their Scholars’ Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback). The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service was held at Achukudu Community Primary School, Napak District in the Karamoja sub-region. Established in 2013, Achukudu Community School serves two ethnic communities—The Iteso and Karamojong.
With a total population of 1,907 pupils only three government-paid teachers, and nine community-paid teachers, the School faces a plethora of challenges. Key among the challenges is the lack of Classrooms, decent Ventilated Pit Latrines, and Desks. Therefore when the Scholars identified the School as one that deserved to be given a gift of a classroom block, it was a befitting choice!
The Scholars with support from the alumni, the Program Team, Members of the Steering Committee, and partners of the Scholars Program at Makerere University intervened by constructing a two-classroom block, which was supervised by one of the alumni who is an Engineer. Alongside the classroom block, the Scholars also provided 40 desks, helping the school meet UNEB Center eligibility criteria.
While presiding over the event, the area member of Parliament, Hon. John Bosco Ngoya, thanked the Scholars and alumni community at Makerere University for supporting the young pupils of Achukudu Primary School and the entire community by gifting them with a two-classroom block.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University for the Christmas gift of a classroom block to the young people and the entire community of Achukudu. This classroom block will go a long way in improving the learning environment of the young children of Achukudu primary school.” Hon. Ngoya pointed out.
Hon. Ngoya called upon other people to emulate the Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation in embracing the spirit of giving back to the vulnerable people in the community. On his part, he donated One Million Five hundred shillings (1,500,000/=) to help the School purchase more desks, and he had earlier contributed One million shillings (1,000,000/=) towards the construction of the classroom block.
The District Education Officer (DEO) for Napak District, Ms. Joyce Nakoya, praised the Scholars Community for embracing and practicing the spirit of giving back to other people at an early age.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation at Makerere for embracing the spirit of giving back to other people at such an early age. If all people gave back to the less privileged in our communities, we would have a better world for everyone.” Ms. Nakoya pointed out.
Ms. Nakoya further pointed out every child deserves to study in a decent environment, therefore it was a befitting cause for the Scholars to construct a classroom block for the young pupils of Achukudu community primary school, who were studying in open grass thatched classrooms.
The Program Manager of, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Ms. Jolly Okumu who led the team of Scholars, alumni, and staff to Karamoja thanked the community of Achukudu for supporting the Scholars to deliver the class block by contributing to the construction sand.
“We come here today to join with you as a community driven by a shared commitment to education, empowerment, and ethos of giving back. Today is a historic occasion as we celebrate the completion and commissioning of the classroom block, which is a remarkable testament to the transformative power of education and our unwavering spirit of community service.” Ms. Jolly remarked.
The President of the Scholars Association, Mr. Godfrey Okello, thanked all the Scholars and alumni, and all stakeholders who contributed to the construction of the classroom block, which was a dream that became a reality.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and people of goodwill who supported us to realize our dream of constructing this classroom for our young brothers and sisters of Achukudu Primary School. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow young people in Uganda and Africa as a whole.” Mr. Okello remarked.
The Headteacher of the School, Mr. Eryebu Raymond, who was visibly very excited was full of praises for Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation, for what he termed as an iconic classroom block they had gifted to his School.
“This day is very special to us, we will not see this day again. We are delighted to receive the Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation from Makerere University, thank you for considering supporting our School” Mr. Eryebu excitedly remarked.
The Headteacher revealed that one of the major challenges the school was facing was an acute shortage of classrooms for his 1,097 pupils. He was therefore grateful to Mastercard Foundation Scholars for choosing to construct a two-class block for the School.
“This donation of a classroom block and Desks is a testament to your commitment to education and empowering the lives of the vulnerable people in the community. This classroom block and desks will go a long way in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school.” Mr. Eryebu further remarked.
The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback) was punctuated with a lot of joy, pomp, and fanfare, as the pupils and the entire community of Achukudu danced and ululated at the commissioning of the classroom block. The construction of the classroom block and purchase of desks for Achukudu Community Primary School was made possible by generous contributions by the Scholars, alumni, the Program Team, and members of the Steering Committee.
Among the Partners who made financial contributions towards the class block construction included; DFCU Bank, Post Bank, URA, Katumba Estates, Footsteps Furniture Ltd, and Sion Travels Ltd.
The Scholars and Alumni Day of Community Service (Give back) is an annual event, where Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation go out into the community to give back by providing solutions to challenges that a particular community is facing. Over the years Scholars have given back to the communities in numerous ways that range from offering professional services and erecting major projects like classroom blocks.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
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