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CAES Acquires US$9k Video Conferencing Facility Under USAID Capacity Building Project

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A video conferencing facility worth US$9,148 has been installed at the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) under the USAID Capacity Building project titled, “Upgrading the institutional capacity of the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics (DANRE)”.

The facility was handed over by Prof. Allen Featherstone to the Head, DANRE Dr. Gabriel Elepu on 16th November, 2018. Also present were Prof. Vincent Amanor-Boadu (KSU), Dr. Cosas Guvule, Dr. Simon Byabagambi and staff from Makerere University. KSU is an abbreviation for Kansas State University-USA.

The major components of the system are the codec, camera, microphone array, network and power connections, air conditioning, wireless ports, dimmer lights, security system, projector and screen.

Prof. Vincent Amanor-Boadu (L) speaks at the facility handover. Right is Prof. Allen Featherstone

“This technology will make work, communication and collaboration easier,” Prof. Allen Featherstone said.

Receiving the facility, Dr. Gabriel Elepu thanked the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs for funding the DANRE/KSU Project at Makerere University. He applauded Kansas State University for accepting to partner with DANRE.

USAID’s Dr. Simon Byabagambi said DANRE and KSU need to interact at least weekly.

Dr. Simon Byabagambi speaks during the handover ceremony

“The technology will allow body language to be visible as well. We shall upscale this pilot study with time but before that, it needs to be used effectively to achieve its goals. We need to find out agencies which have a similar facility and hence strengthen interaction and collaboration with them”, Byabagambi said.

Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, DANRE, Dr. Jackie Bonabana-Wabbi welcomed the initiative saying, it will address the challenge of poor communication systems often affected by intermittent connectivity.

“The facility will increase communication and collaborations between Mak- DANRE and KSU, enhance teaching and research experience. With time, we may levy a small fee for non-DANRE  members to take care of maintenance of the facility.’’ Dr. Bonabaana said.

L-R: Dr. Simon Byabagambi, Prof. Theodorah Hyuha and Dr. Jackie Bonabana-Wabbi listen to proceedings during the handover ceremony

She further said the target users of the facility are students, staff of DANRE and researchers who wish to collaborate with DANRE but because of distance, are not able to link up directly.

About Mak-DANRE/KSU Collaboration

In May 2018 over 40 Directors from USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs visited Makerere University Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics (DANRE) to assess the progress of the DANRE/KSU project on Up-Grading and Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Department. The team was impressed with the DANRE/KSU project’s progress.

From 12th to 15th November, 2018 the 2nd Joint NARO-Mak Joint Scientific conference & 1st Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition Annual Scientific Symposium was successfully held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala where the USAID and KSU played a big role as major sponsors with experts giving key note speeches on food and nutritional security.

The DANRE/KSU Project concept was developed in 2011. Virginia Tech carried out the initial DANRE scoping study in 2014, followed by the DANRE Capacity Building Proposal submitted to USAID in 2015. A four-year project was approved. Michigan State University and the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program were brought on board in 2015. BHEARD released an RFA to network universities in 2016. Six applications were received and reviewed, and three applications were selected for further evaluation. KSU was selected to implement the project.

Dr. Peter Walekwa and Mr. Brian Ogwenrwoth at the facility hand over

With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Makerere University Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics (DANRE) partnered with Kansas State University (KSU) Department of Agricultural Economics to implement the objectives of the project.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1.    To restructure and review the curricula structure of two postgraduate and undergraduate Programs including development of a taught PhD program;
2.    To strengthen DANRE’s unit for agricultural research and analysis
3.    Up-grade communication and instruction methods available to staff members.

The project focused on development of a strategic Plan on Up-Grading and Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, improving the Department’s educational program and teaching capacity as well as enhancing its grantsmanship.

The dimming lights and other amenities in the Video Conferencing Facility, DANRE, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The program approaches and strategies centered on quality enhancement and assurance in teaching, research & outreach. The program also considered establishing a value system based on excellence, efficiency, empathy, integrity and accountability.

The program is also looking at the Multidisciplinary approach of engaging persons from other academic disciplines and backgrounds to contribute towards its cause. It will also lobby the top university leadership to gain access to university resources and facilities as well as engaging in Networking and building strategic relationships and partnerships with industry and other relevant stakeholders.

So far, three (3) PhD students have been placed at KSU. A strategic plan for DANRE was drafted and finalized. A Colloquium on Trading in Global Agricultural Economy (Coffee GVC) was also successfully organised. A Collaboration Draft taught PhD curriculum and other curricula (PGD, BSc. AAE, MSc NR&E) is ongoing.  Call for small grants proposals have been done with the exchange visits of administrators and faculty members going on.

Report compiled by;
Jane Anyango
Principal Communication Officer, CAES.

 

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

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.

IMPORTANT:

(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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