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2020 Two4One Talent for Change Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

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TWO4ONE TALENT FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN UNIVERSITIES IN UGANDA

 THE 2020 SUSAN OREGEDE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS

1. Introduction

The ‘Two for One Talent for Change’ (also known as Two4One) Campaign is a peer-to-peer Performing Arts Competition aimed at mitigating the problem of Sexual Harassment in Universities. This is through the collaborative efforts of both men and women to safeguard any victim of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. The campaign taps into students’ talents as an agency for addressing a social challenge of sexual harassment that primarily affects them.The social innovation was successfully conducted through its first year of rollout at Makerere University from September-October 2019. A total of 64 entries were registered to compete in the categories of music, dance, drama, poetry and instrumentals and messages centered around understanding and ending sexual harassment in Universities. The 2019 activity had three stages, auditions which attracted over 500, elimination stage with over 10,000 the Grand Finale with over 15,000 members of the university community in attendance. The Campaign initiated open discussions on sexual harassment among and against students, and attracted interest from other Universities around the country. This was an interactive and highly effective mode of transmitting the message against Sexual Harassment to the student and the general University Community. The success of this campaign suggested a need to expand this campaign and the 2020 campaign has been expanded beyond Makerere University to include other Ugandan Universities.

Check out our website at https://two4onecampaign.mak.ac.ug/ for details.

2. The 2020 Two4One Talent for change Campaign

The 2020 campaign has been organized in honour of the late Susan Oregede for her outstanding contribution to the work on ending violence against women and girls in Uganda in line with the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (check the following link for more information https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism)

The Purpose of the campaign is to fight against sexual harassment in universities through students’ agency. Specifically, this campaign;

  • Seeks to put to good use students’ positive energies through engaging in innovative thinking on how to solve the social problems in their communities
  • Scale up awareness creation on sexual harassment prevention and response through arts. Knowledge is power!
  • Tap into and strengthen students’ agency through continuous innovations on solutions to sexual harassment prevention and response  

The 2020 campaign will be a music and drama competition among students from universities in Uganda on the best innovative messages and message presentations for prevention and response to sexual harassment.

3. How to join.

The 2020 Two4One contest is here! How do you join?

  1. Register yourself using Social Media Connection i.e. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn on https://two4onecampaign.mak.ac.ug/
  2. Create your profile using a set of questions provided on the page.
  3. Thinking innovatively, generate and record your awareness message in a song or skit.
  4. Upload your video (not more than 5 minutes) in mp4 format (not more than 1080p resolution).

4. The procedure of handling the competitions

  1. Stage I
  • Contestants will submit their video clips
  • The video clips shall be submitted online through the two4one website which will be immediately received and posted in the waiting room
  • The team of judges shall look at the video clips for relevance to the competition and pass for posting on the website for public viewing and voting
  • Through public voting, 100 contestants shall be selected for further scrutiny by the team of judges
  • From the list of 100 contestants, the judges will shortlist 50 contestants who will proceed to the auditions
  1. Stage II

The second level of auditions shall be carried out at a venue that will be communicated to the successful contestants. This second level audition shall be on zoom for the rest of the public with only the judges and the contestants physically meeting. For all the physical meetings for the auditions, the SOPs for the prevention of COVID – 19 shall followed and adhered to.

  1. Preparations for the Grand Finale – 5 Day Boot Camp

Prior to the Grand Finale, the Finalists will be invited to participate in a 5 – day intensive boot Camp. At this forum, the finalists shall undergo professional creative music training on how to effectively communicate the message on Sexual Harassment using music and drama. This training shall also equip participants with skills on effective communication, confidence building, and understanding of gender.  The boot Camp shall constitute a performance material that the participants may present at the Grand Finale. They will rehearse using these materials and in teams of not more than five with maximum social distancing. They will also undergo further training on sexual Harassment prevention and response.  The contestants who are unable to physically interact with the trainers shall have an opportunity to be trained online.

5. Grand finale

The grand finale shall live on NBS TV. This event shall be attended physically by only contestants and the judges. The event shall be live on ZOOM, Facebook Live: Makerere University Facebook page & GMD Facebook page. A ZOOMlink shall be provided on the campaign website for virtual attendance. At this event, the finalists shall make their presentations and the three winners awarded as follows;

No.PositionAward (UGX)
 1.The Winner5,000,000
 2.Second runner-up4,000,000
 3.Third runner-up3,000,000

In addition to the cash prize for the overall winner shall be supported with an extra 5, 000,000 UGX to further develop and publish the script.

6. Schedule of events

  1. Deadline for submission: November, 28th 2020
  2. Auditions: December 1st 2020
  3. Grand Finale: December 9th, 2020

Please send your inquires to;

tumwesigye.eric[at]gendermainstreaming.mak.ac.ug or WhatsApp +256-757-391098

2020 Two4One Talent Campaign against Sexual Harassment

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

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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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Prof. Nawangwe urges Makerere University community to support the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative

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By Bernard Buteera

Makerere University has launched a two million dollar E-learning Project, dubbed The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative.  

The launch was held on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at Makerere University, Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium. It attracted over 200 participants, who included members of University Management, College Principals, School Deans, Academic and Administrative staff, students and the general university community.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), congratulated Makerere University for winning such a huge grant, which will go a long way in transforming the eLearning infrastructure at Makerere University.

“I am happy to be joining you in launching a project that is at the heart of National Council for Higher Education. Online learning is at the heart of the Council, not only because of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the world is now a digital world.” Prof. Okwakol remarked.

Prof. Okwakol thanked Mastercard Foundation and other development partners who have continued to support initiatives that help transform higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

“I sincerely thank the Mastercard Foundation and other partners who have continued to support higher education in Uganda, especially in the area of research and online learning. Globally, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly disrupted education systems forcing learners and some schools to shift to virtual learning to curb the spread of the pandemic.” Prof. Okwakol pointed out.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe urged the university community, especially the academic staff to take advantage of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning initiative to develop e-content across all Colleges of the University, to enhance capacity for eLearning at Makerere University.

[L -R] Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Prof. Mary Okwakol, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative and Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

”I appeal to the Colleges to embrace this project and have as many courses adopt this pedagogy development system, even though students will continue with face-to face and phyisical learning, they should be allowed the option of online learning. The platforms that are going to be built, will give our students an opportunity to interact with international students, scholars, teachers and with each other.” Prof. Nawangwe applealed.

The Vice Chancellor, further called upon all other development partners to emulate Mastercard Foundation in supporting Makerere University and other universities on the entire African continent in strengthening digital literacy, so that Africa is not left behind.

”In 2018 I attended a conference on E-learning in Beijing China, where a critical question was asked; Will Africa be left behind again? This was in reference to many advancements that were taking place in the western world, in which Africa had been left behind.” The Vice Chancellor reminded the audience.

Prof. Nawangwe further emphaised the importance of e-learning as one of the critical modes of teaching and learning in the 21st first century.   

”Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot over emphasise the importance we attach to e-learning the 21st Century, that is why we took a decision to elevate the Department of Open and Distance Learning into an Institute of Open and Distance E-learning with an intention of having e-learning extended to other Colleges of the university.” Prof. Nawangwe pointed out.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the E-learning Initiative, Prof. Umar Kakumba, rallied the University community to support the implementation of the project in the University.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program E-learning initiative could not have come in at a better time than post COVID19 era. A pandemic, which exposed our systems and methods of teaching and learning. You all recall, when were hit by the pandemic, with lockdowns and closures of institutions of learning, we all went into a panicky mode on how were going to cope with online learning. I therefore call upon every member of the university to give this project the support it deserves.

Prof. Kakumba reminded the audience the importance and relevancy of online learning at Makerere University and other universities in Uganda.

“The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Office goers and stay home mothers can take up online educational courses too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.” Prof. Kakumba remarked.

Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda, the Coordinator of the Mastercard Foundation E-learning Initiative, informed the audience the importance of the project and the expected outcomes for the University.

One of the Champions of e-learning trained by Arizona State University, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda receiving a certificate from Chief Guest.

“The Mastercard Foundation e- Learning Initiative is a Project funded by Mastercard Foundation aimed at addressing the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic that constrained access and continuity of teaching, learning, research and community engagement activities at Makerere University” Prof. Muyinda pointed out.

Prof. Muyinda further thanked the team that he worked with in putting up the proposal in a very short time that yielded such an important grant for the University.

“I thank the team that spent sleepless nights putting together the proposal that resulted into this project. I must report that Makerere University is privileged to be having the most highly qualified persons in online instruction design and online pedagogy at the IODeL and beyond. It is now up to Makerere University in particular and the Country in general to make use of these persons to transform the terrain of online, blended distance and e-learning education.” Prof. Muyinda remarked.

Prof. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, informed the audience, that the E-learning initiative was one of the many partnerships between Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University geared at supporting the young people to succeed on the African continent.

Members of University Management, staff and students present.

“The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program continues to recognize that in order to enable young people across Africa to succeed, there is need to; Address systemic barriers in Higher education, Strengthen the capacity of Institutions that serve the Young People, and Support innovative solutions across critical sectors.” Prof. Namaalwa remarked.

The colourful launch ended with a panel discussion in which panelists digested the importance and opportunities for open distance and eLearning in higher institutions of learning.

Bernard Buteera is the Communications Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.

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Supplementary Admissions to Bachelor of Laws Under Private Sponsorship 2022/23

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University, informs applicants wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Laws Private for 2022/2023 Academic year but failed to submit their application online to submit their applications from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th September, 2022 at a non-refundable fee of 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only).

The applicants MUST have passed the Pre-entry Examinations for Bachelor of Laws.

Diploma/Degree holders should submit certified copies of their academic transcript to Room
315 Level 3, Senate Building.

Applicants who have already been admitted need not apply.

For any additional information, contact Undergraduate Admissions Offices 301/303 for A’Level Applicants and Office 315 for Diploma/Degree holders.

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
AG. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
Date: 22nd September, 2022

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