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Mak-Gender Mainstreaming Directorate Student Peer Trainers Undergo Training



Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) has rolled out the Student Peer Trainers programme to train 250 students in handling gender issues as well as equipping them with knowledge and skills aimed at ending gender-based violence.

The Student Peer Trainers approach is one of the key strategies for implementing the Gender Mainstreaming Programme (GMP). The Student Peer Trainers programme targets all categories of Makerere University students. It is voluntary, based on expression of interest.

The training programme, to be conducted in cohorts, started on 28th March 2019 with the first cohort comprising 50 students who expressed willingness to participate in the programme. The first recruitment and training has been undertaken in partnership with the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA Uganda) and the Uganda Women's Network (UWONET).

Representing the Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha, the Deputy Director, Ms. Frances Nyachwo said the Student Peer Trainers Program aims at creating a pool of trained champions with the capacity to reach out to their peers at Makerere University and beyond.

“This training prepares you to use the positive power of peer influence to promote respect and civility not only at Makerere University, but also in your communities. I urge you to carry on the skills you have gained to change the world and empower women and girls worldwide,” said Ms. Nyachwo.

She revealed that the Student Peer Trainers will also facilitate the wide dissemination of the referral system for students and victims to report any form of gender based violence.

 “We expect student peer trainers to use the skills attained from this training to create awareness,
and train other students and the society at large about gender equality and equity. This will help to curb gender discrimination, sexual harassment and gender-based violence in society,” said Ms. Nyachwo.

Presenting the overview and objectives of the student peer trainers program, Ms. Suzan Mbabazi, the Principal Gender Officer, highlighted some of the objectives as follows;

  • Getting knowledge on how to champion zero tolerance to sexual harassment especially at universities.
  • How to end gender-based violence
  • Understanding gender policies and concepts
  • Appreciating women’s roles and promoting women empowerment
  • Building gender equality in society

Ms. Mbabazi urged students to familiarize themselves with the Makerere University Gender Equality Policy to help them advocate for gender-responsive services.

Addressing the students, the Chairperson of FIDA Uganda-Mrs. Lydia Namuli Lubega said the issue of gender as well as ending gender-based violence is pertinent to them and central in their lives and operations.Mr. Eric Tumwesigye delivering his presentation on gender concepts

 “The issue of gender is part of FIDA Uganda through protecting women and girls, to curb the root causes of sexual harassment, gender-based violence, and gender discrimination,” she said.

Mrs. Namuli Lubega revealed that through this partnership, FIDA Uganda will work with Makerere University GMD, students and its partners to find solutions to the root cause of gender-based violence.

Eric Tumwesigye, Senior Gender Officer at Makerere University called upon the student peer trainers to work hand in hand with the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate to end social misconceptions about gender and empower women and girls.

 “Let us put an end to the roles that hinder women transformation and guard against stereotyping to ensure that both men and women receive equal opportunities,” said Mr. Tumwesigye.

Written by: Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Volunteer, Mak Public Relations Office

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



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.


(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



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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