Makerere University is hosting the 9th Management of Social Transformation (MOST) School. The event is bringing together youth leaders from Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Somalia, Djibouti, Gambia, South Sudan and Ethiopia and Tanzania to discuss the role of African youth in provide lasting and sustainable solutions to African Problems.
The 9th MOST School was officially opened by the Minister of State for Higher Education Hon. Dr. Chrysostom Muyingo; represented by the Commissioner for Teacher Education, Dr. Jane Egau Okou on 2nd April 2019 in the Makerere University Senate Conference Hall.
Organized by United Nations Educational Science Cultural Organization(UNESCO) in partnership with Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Uganda National Commission for UNESCO and Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the four days’ event is running from 2nd -5th April 2019 under the theme: “Youth, Peace and security in the Horn of Africa”.
The Management of Social Transformation School is an innovative capacity-building initiative under UNESCO’s MOST programme. The School is designed to strengthen the competences of evidence-informed decision making for members States. It prioritizes interventions aimed at developing the capacity of researchers and decision makers to transfer knowledge into action.
According to the Secretary General, Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, Ms. Rosie Agio MOST aims at enhancing knowledge brokering among youth leaders. “The programme is centered on young men and women who are both part of today’s reflections on socio-economic development and transformations and at the same time. These are the people who hold keys to unlocking the potentials of tomorrow’s peaceful, secure and inclusive world,” she said.
MOST works together with governments, academic communities in the social and human sciences and civil society organizations; particularly youth led and focused; to improve connections between knowledge and action.
The Programme is tailored to meet the specific challenges of the IGAD Region. Within the Framework of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, MOST contributes to development by focusing on among others; eradication of poverty, building inclusive societies, sustainable responses to environmental change, and promotion of participatory, effective, and accountable governance.
In a speech read by Dr. Jane Egau Okou, at the official opening ceremony, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. Dr. Chrysostom Muyingo commended UNESCO for developing a programme that is contributing to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 in Africa. According to him, education is a fundamental pillar in building a formidable relationship between knowledge and action.
“I am happy that this programme was organized within the broader framework of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As an international leader for the implementation of SDG 4, your work has contributed greatly to the achievement of other SDGs that benefit from education services. Thank you UNESCO,” he remarked
Hon. Muyingo thanked UNESCO and the respective partners for supporting African countries to improve their policy making processes. He applauded the organizers of the event and looked forward for the results and recommendations that can address the youth unemployment; a common challenge with serious implications on African peace and security.
On behalf of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr. Sabiiti Makara, highlighted Makerere University’s role in providing knowledge and shaping student’s minds to handle societal challenges when he said, “currently, over 3000 youths are enrolled at Makerere pursing various academic programmes. The youth at Makerere University are active in politics, science, coming up with research and innovations and harnessing their positive potential to contribute to the betterment of humanity.”
According to Dr. Sabiiti, Makerere University has significantly contributed to societal transformation through human resource development, leadership nurturing, research and innovations development. This tremendous work from students and staff has provide lasting and sustainable solutions to African Problems. He therefore, urged participants and MOST school partners to always link research to policy formulation.
The Chairperson, Uganda National Youth Council Ms. Lillian Aber, called upon the youth to take a center stage in transforming Africa. “African peace strongly rests on the shoulders of youthful population and it is therefore our role to ensure that we build lasting peace. It is our role as the youth to mobilize and be ambassadors of peace,” Ms. Aber advised.
Article by: Nakibombo Esther Joy; Volunteer Makerere Univeriity Public Relations Office.
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
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