By John Musinguzi
Makerere University researchers in literature have started adapting Ugandan folktales into animations, with aim at reducing consumption of foreign material in teaching and exporting our heritage to a transnational audience, JOHN MUSINGUZI.
Prof Sr Dominica Dipio, the principal investigator, says the work was done from a multidisciplinary angle, involving literature for collection of material, philosophy to interpret deeper meanings, religion to accommodate spiritual sensibilities, and technology to do the animations, among others.
The project titled ‘Transforming Ugandan folklore into digital (animation) films for educational and leisure purposes’ was funded by Uganda government through the Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund (Mak-RIF).
The project aims to make digital animation of 10 popular Ugandan folktales from different regions across the country. They have started with four: Njabala from Buganda; Hidden Riches [sic!] from the West; Lia and Origa from the East; and Opiyo and Odongo from the North.
Uganda Bureau of Statistics Welcomes New Board Members to Inform Key Decisions for the Country
By: Hason Mutunzi Bwambale
Joining Dr. Byamugisha on the board are esteemed professionals from various fields. Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Ms. Rosette Nakavuma, Ms. Irene Birungi, Dr. Rogers Matte, Dr. Jacob Opolot, and Dr. Chris Mukiza bring expertise in areas such as economics, social sciences, and data analysis. Their collective knowledge and experience are expected to contribute significantly to UBOS’ mission.
The future of African urban planning: A pattern language approach
Pattern languages can be useful for sustainable and inclusive African cities. In this episode, Priscilla Namwanje (Makerere University Kampala, Uganda) focuses on a case study in Kampala, Uganda, where a pattern language approach was used to develop a framework for wetland management that incorporates the needs of both formal and informal communities.
Nawangwe named African Educationist of the Year
By Charles Etukuri
Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is the African Educationist of the Year.
The award was given to Prof. Nawangwe by the African Leadership Magazine.
On Monday evening, an elated Nawangwe said he was humbled by the recognition.
“I am humbled by the recognition of my efforts by the African Leadership Magazine. This gives me more energy to serve my continent better,” Nawangwe said.
Last year’s winner of the award was Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, vice-chancellor, Niger Delta University in Nigeria.
The African Leadership Magazine persons of the year, which is in its 10th year, is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who have blazed the trail in the year under review.
Several Makerere University staff led by the university secretary Yusuf Kiranda congratulated Nawangwe on his well-deserved recognition.
Professor Stefan Peterson Swartling who is a health specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and an honorary professor at Makerere School of Public Health said, Nawangwe was a “well-chosen awardee”
Don Wycliff Wodelo said, “Professor your hard work is actually evident and a good example for us to follow.”
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