The First Makerere University Joint Staff Christian Fellowship for the year 2020 was held on Thursday 30th January 2020 in what has now become it’s home; the St. Francis Students' Centre Upper Hall. Welcoming the brethren, the Chairperson Steering Committee, Dr. Chris Tuhirirwe noted that it is always a joy for brothers and sisters in Christ to meet together, share in the Word and break bread. He also encouraged his audience to always invite someone for the fellowship.
“As the Steering Committee we have prayerfully come up with a programme for the year with our theme based on Luke 10:2 which reads The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” shared Dr. Tuhirirwe.
He added that Christians have the primary responsibility of evangelising Makerere University, by talking to the students, colleagues and leadership in line with the theme.
“What have you done as a Christian?” challenged Dr. Tuhirirwe, before adding “My prayer is that as workers in this University, we shall on top of doing our work, reach out to staff, students and the general public with the message of salvation.”
The Chairperson grievingly added that the Prophetic voice was absent in the University and urged brethren to stand up for the truth at their colleges and various workstations. “We have a big task as staff who know the Lord to make a difference in this University. We can transform this institution by making sure that the voice of those who know the Lord is heard.”
He concluded his remarks by outlining various subthemes for the proceeding months namely;
• February – A Christian Life with a Testimony
• March – We Are the Salt and Light of the Earth
• April – Prayer and Intercession
• May – Understanding Your Calling
• June – Called to Fulfil the Great Commission
• July – Keeping sin out of Your Life
• August – The Power of Corporate Prayer
• September – Prayer and Intercession
• October – Being a Prophetic Voice
• November – Perceiving God as He is
• December – Prayer and Intercession
Sharing the word of the day, the host and Chaplain St. Francis Chapel, Rev. Can. Onesimus Asiimwe commended the Steering Committee for displaying marks of good leadership by outlining to the brethren where we are coming from, where we are and where we are headed.
“Now we have a sense of direction and a strategy. A good leader looks behind and knows there are people following as he/she leads. It is also good to hear you have done spiritual mapping” commended the Chaplain.
Rev. Can. Asiimwe also commended the choice of theme, noting that it is applicable to Makerere University. “You can win somebody for the Kingdom without going too far. It takes me 20 minutes to walk from the Chapel to the Chaplain’s residence, not that it’s far, but I always intentionally interact with the young people I meet. And as the Lord is my, I have led many to Christ along that path.”
Quoting Acts 1:4, the Chaplain emphasized that it takes God’s Power to do God’s Work. He reminded brethren that they can never be effectual witnesses in their own strength or power. “To be a witness to Jesus is to be a martyr traditionally, according to the root Greek word. Eleven of the twelve Apostles were martyred for their faith. And so you need God’s power; you need to be prayerful and equipped with His Word.”
The book of John 12:1-12 shares an account of Lazarus who was raised from the dead and as such, became the centre of attraction for Jesus Christ’s deliverance power in Bethany his hometown. Rev. Can. Asiimwe therefore urged brethren to be mindful of the anointing upon them so as to attract people to Christ.
“The crowds came not only to see Jesus but Lazarus as well; he stole the show. His life was a moving gospel. You need to be attractive and show Jesus to the people who come to your office. Are you a role model? Our young people are looking for role models; what an opportunity! Let us preach the gospel in works and in words” challenged the Chaplain.
He wound up the day’s sermon by quoting two famous men; St. Francis of Assisi and Edmund Burke.
“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
“Do not fear to witness because you are going to be persecuted. It is time to take Makerere for Jesus” concluded the Chaplain and thereafter, inviting the brethren to lunch.
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
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
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
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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