School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS) joined the rest of Uganda in the celebration of the Water and Environment Week that took place between 18th and 22nd March 2019 at the Water Resources Institute, Entebbe.
Prior to the actual week, the School as a member of the National Organising Committee and National Technical Committee participated in the pre-events such as planning and preparation and joining the “Walk for Zoka” forest.
“Walk for Zoka” was an initiative by a group of conservationists aimed at raising Government and other actors’ awareness to take action and save Zoka forest reserve in Adjumani district whose 6,145 hectares were under threat due to encroachment and illegal logging. The walk started on 4th March 2019 at the Ministry of Water and Environment Headquarters in Kampala, Uganda.
Students and staff of SFEGS joined the walkers at Kafu Bridge along the Kampala-Gulu highway on 8th March, 2019 and participated in the restoration activities of the Kafu catchment as a strategy to raise awareness on the importance of catchment forests.
The School conducted training on 19th March, 2019 at the Water Resources Institute, Entebbe on the iRain App; a tool for global precipitation monitoring, whose user friendly interface is designed to facilitate stakeholder involvement in collecting data, as part of UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP)’s efforts to put science into action through the use of citizen science.
The School also conducted a training covering aspects of forestry entrepreneurship, nursery operations, silviculture and forest product and service development on 20th March 2019 at the same venue. Participants showed a lot of enthusiasm on forest investment and requested trainers to have more frequent and regular trainings on grounds that forests are critical in this era of climate change and improvement of the wellbeing of the population.
21st March is the International Day of Forests which is celebrated annually in Uganda. The School in partnership with the Forestry Sector Support Department of the Ministry of Water and Environment organized a National Forestry Dialogue which was also held at the Water Resources Institute, Entebbe under the theme, “Enhancing the contribution of Forests and Trees in attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda”.
The overarching purpose of the dialogue was to provide a platform where stakeholders would freely engage, explore and generate strategies to address the historical and contemporary threats to forests in Uganda and explore mechanisms of increasing the contribution of forests to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The dialogue was attended by students, academics, private sector, researchers, practitioners, civil servants, Civil Society and representatives of diplomatic missions and local communities.
The Dialogue started with a keynote speech from Ms. Cotilda Nakyeyune from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Uganda followed by a panel of eight experts including the Dean SFEGS Prof. Fred Babweteera moderated by Dr. Patrick Byakagaba.
The dialogue was characterised by passionate contributions from all participants. The message from participants was “we have talked a lot, it is time for action”. They summarised their views in a communique that was presented to the Prime Minister.
The key issues in the Communiqué were: the need to invest in basic forestry research, recognize the value of forests in the National Accounting system and support forest law enforcement, strengthen the forestry extension services, operationalise the “Tree Fund”, fast-track the process of passing the Uganda Forestry Association Bill 2010, promote and sustainably manage urban forests and trees, incentivize owners of private natural forests, improve forest product development through value addition and improve forest law enforcement and governance. While these commitments were voluntary, stakeholders agreed that they will be pursued by both state and non-state actors.
Please see Downloads for the Communiqué arising out of the National Forestry Stakeholders' Dialogue
Report compiled by,
CAES Communication Office.
A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga
The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).
His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.
The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.
Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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