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Mak Set to Host Second Kampala Geopolitics Conference

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Makerere University is set to host the 2nd Kampala Geopolitics on 17th and 18th October 2019. This was revealed during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the second edition which took place on Wednesday, 31st July 2019 in the Makerere University Council Room.
 
The Kampala Geopolitics is organized by the Embassy of France in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan, the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), Alliance Francaise de Kampala and UN Women Uganda.
 
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou, Head of Finance at KAS, Ms. Rhona Rugambwa on behalf of the Organization’s Representative Mathias Kamp, Programme Specialist at UN Women Ms. Agrippiner Nandego and the Cultural Coordinator Alliance Francaise, Mr. Gerald Odil.
 
Addressing the audience, H.E Aniambossou said that by organizing the Second Conference, the partners will create a platform for dialogue and free exchange of ideas about local and International politics.
 
The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) hands over a Mak Necktie to H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou, commemorating the French Ambassador's inaugural visit to Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
 
“The Conference provides a platform where we could together address the multiple challenges that affect people worldwide,” said H.E Aniambossou.
 
He added that as one of the best universities in Africa, Makerere University is the perfect place to host the Conference since it brings together scholars, students, youths and the public. He thanked the partners for supporting the Kampala Geopolitics Conference and the French Embassy.
 
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Nawangwe revealed that the University Leadership was committed to building on the success of the first Geopolitics Conference to make the second edition even more successful. The first Edition was hosted by Makerere University from 26th to 27th October 2018.
 
Makerere University is privileged to host the second edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference and reflecting on the success of the first edition, I believe that this edition will also be a success. The Conference will further cement the relationship between Makerere University and France,” said Prof. Nawangwe.
 
Some of the Members of Management who attended the MoU signing R-L: Director HR-Mr. Andrew Abunyang, Director Legal Affairs-Mr. Henry Mwebe, University Bursar-Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha and Acting University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda.
 
The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Makerere University, Dr. Umar Kakumba, said that the Conference seeks to address ways of transformational democracy and to provide an opportunity for the public to discuss issues that will lead to social, economic and political development.
 
“We live in a global village with many challenges. The second Kampala Geopolitics Conference will bring different stakeholders together to discuss solutions to the problems affecting not only Africa but the world at large,” said Dr. Kakumba.
 
The Programme Officer KAS, Mr. Ojok Donnas said that this year, the Conference is set to hold 18 panels with themes related to African and global affairs targeting over 5,000 participants mostly students, scholars, the media, diplomats, politicians and the general public.
 
The first edition of Kampala Geopolitics held 21 round table discussions graced by over 100 panelists before more than 4000 students, academia, representatives from civil society, media and political decision makers.
 
Article by: Esther Joyce Nakibombo, Volunteer, Mak Public Relations Office
 
 

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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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.

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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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