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CEES to offer Soft skills Training to Police Officers

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The College of Education and External Studies (CEES) is to start equipping Uganda Police Force (UPF) officers with soft skills. The training will be conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Badru Musisi and Dr. Joyce Bukirwa Rebecca. The project; Promoting Community Policing by Integrating Soft-skills in Uganda Police Training Programs, is funded by the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (RIF).

The project seeks to augment Community Policing by integrating Soft Skills in Uganda Police Force training programs.

While UPF is rated among the best forces in the region, the same cannot be said about its image.The discrepancy between the force’s performance and the way it is perceived by the public is due to the widening social-distance between UPF and the community it needs to collaborate with. 

The Principal Investigator of the project, Dr. Badru Musisi, attributed this to the officers’ limited display of soft-skill policing.

“Yet, a professional blend of hard and soft skill policing is the cornerstone for effective Community Policing,” he emphasized.

Participants take part in a group exercise.
Participants take part in a group exercise.

Dr. Musisi was speaking during the launch of the project on November 30th at Nican Hotel in Lweza. The stakeholder engagement was attended by various commissioners of police, directors, prisons officers, military officers, private security firms, legal officers, religious leaders, civil society, boda boda and Taxi operators among others.

It is hoped that the blend of soft and hard skills will enable UPF to collaboratively work with communities to keep Uganda safe and secure.

The research team intends to design a transformative, scalable and context specific framework to guide the police in its training and conduct.

Speaking during the opening of the meeting, the Director of Training, AIGP Golooba Godfrey Kiwanuka, thanked Makerere University for partnering with the Uganda Police Force to contribute to its professionalisaiton, saying learning is a process that never ends.

AIGP Golooba Godfrey Kiwanuka (standing) addresses participants.
AIGP Golooba Godfrey Kiwanuka (standing) addresses participants.

He thanked the university for its continued support to the force especially through the various short trainings offered as well as the masters training the university offers to UPF.

The project hopes to achieve some milestones in getting the police officers to use intra and inter-personal attributes such as:

  • Cope with stress and manage stressful situations
  • Relate with people, think critically and creatively;
  • Use emotional intelligence to solve problems;
  • Demonstrate good judgement, keep an open mind;
  • Control one’s impulse, display empathy/compassion
  • Resolve conflict; de-escalate tense situations;
  • Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication

Dr. Musisi said the project team intends to integrate Soft-skills in UPF training programs because owing to concerns for officer safety, police training curricula emphasize hard skills such as physical control tactics and weapons more than soft skills such as de-escalation skills and behavioral science.

Participants engage in group discussions during the project launch on 30th November 2021 at Nican Hotel, Lweza.
Participants engage in a group discussion during the project launch on 30th November 2021 at Nican Hotel, Lweza.

He also noted that the power dynamics in police training schools in a way is a challenge to the Community Policing culture because in training schools, the tradition is that the powerless (police cadets), have to submit without question to the authority of the powerful (training staff). Failure to comply is punished by verbal abuse or physical punishment and yet the same cadets are expected to treat the powerless wanainchi in the community with dignity and respect.

“So, integrating empathy, compassion, impulse control etc., in police training programs can help to pacify the young Police officers,” Dr. Musisi emphasized.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Determine the Soft Skills gaps in UPF training programs;
  • Develop a catalog of the needed Soft Skills by benchmarking domestic and foreign police soft-skilling programs;
  • Design a transformative, scalable and context-specific framework for embedding Soft Skills in UPF training programs;
  • Train UPF trainers to integrate Soft Skills in police training programs using the framework designed.

PROJECT TEAM

  1. Dr. Badru Musisi (PI)
  2. Prof. F.M. Masagazi (CO-PI)
  3. Dr. Joyce Bukirwa
  4. Dr. Kasozi Ferdinand
  5. Dr. Allen Nalugwa
  6. Hajat. Nuliyati Nabiwande

Betty Kyakuwa is the Principal Communication Officer CEES

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Dr. Kiggundu Appointed Head, Department of Humanities & Language Education

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Outgoing HoD-Dr. Nambi Rebecca (3rd R) and Incoming HoD-Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke (3rd L) with the Dean SoE-Dr. Mathias Mulumba (2nd R), CEES HR Officer-Mr. Godfrey Makubuya (R), Ms. Betty Kyakuwa and another official at the handover ceremony on 13th January 2022.

The Department of Humanities and Language Education, College of Education and External Studies today January 13, 2022 received a new head following the expiry of Dr. Nambi Rebecca’s tenure.

Dr. Nambi handed over office to Dr. Muhammad Musoke Kiggundu after serving 4 months as acting head of the department. Dr. Nambi highlighted some of her achievements which included the introduction of seminar series, which have resulted in the publication of 13 papers, three staff promotions to the rank of senior lecturer. Three staff graduated with PhDs. She also introduced the Display Board where staff display their publications.  Dr. Nambi welcomed Dr. Kiggundu and wished him a good tenure.  She thanked management for the opportunity to serve her department and the staff for the support given to her during the term of office.

Dr. Nambi Rebecca (C) hands over some of the Department files to Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke (L) as Dr. Mathias Mulumba (R) witnesses on 13th January 2022, CEES, Makerere University.
Dr. Nambi Rebecca (C) hands over some of the Department files to Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke (L) as Dr. Mathias Mulumba (R) witnesses on 13th January 2022, CEES, Makerere University.

She requested the incoming head to conduct staff trainings for the new curriculum and also spear head curriculum review which is already in the pipeline. 

Dr. Kiggundu thanked the staff of the department for the overwhelming support given to him during the voting process and pledged build on the achievements of Dr. Nambi.

Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, College of Education and External Studies (CEES).
Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, College of Education and External Studies (CEES).

Some of the activities he plans to undertake include retooling of the students the college is training so that they fit the new curriculum issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports. Dr. Kiggundu noted that the department needed more research projects, saying they would be a good incentive for the staff. He called for the support of the Principal and the departmental staff in this endeavor. “I am happy to take on the responsibility given to me and with your support I know that we will achieve a lot,” Dr. Kiggundu said.

On his part, the Principal, Dr. Fred Masagazi Masaazi, thanked Dr. Nambi for holding fort during her tenure and congratulated Dr. Kiggundu upon his election as Head. He cautioned that with the new curriculum, there is need to conduct in-house trainings for staff to bring them to speed with the new teaching and learning methods. He called on the new Head of Department to read his terms of reference in order to avoid conflict. “It is important to know what is expected of you and the reporting hierarchy,” Prof. Masagazi said.

The Principal CEES, Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi.
The Principal CEES, Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi.

He also advised Dr. Kiggundu to ensure proper record keeping, saying even documents as old as 100 years are still important.  The principal concluded by pledging his support to the new head of department.

The handover was also attended by the Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Mathias Mulumba who thanked Dr. Nambi for steering the college to higher horizons, pointing out that she took over leadership of the department at a difficult time when the university was in the process of conducting online examinations but she effectively managed the period. He congratulated her upon the introduction of seminars and leading the curriculum review process.

The Dean of the School of Education, CEES, Dr. Mathias Mulumba.
The Dean of the School of Education, CEES, Dr. Mathias Mulumba.

He congratulated Dr. Kiggundu, saying “I know you are a people person which give me pleasure to see you coming in as HoD”. The Dean cautioned Dr. Kiggundu against fights with both his seniors and his juniors. He asked him to always reach out to colleagues and solve all the challenges and differences they may be experiencing. “Conflicts are too costly so solve them as soon as they arise,” Dr. Mulumba advised.

He asked him to serve all people fairly, follow the university structures and also familiarize himself with the university policies especially those in regards to examinations and teaching and learning.

The handover was also witnessed by the Human Resources Officer of the college, Mr. Godfrey Makubuya, Dr. Josephine Kakeeto, Prof. Anthony Muwagga Mugagga, Mr. Mark Rujumba and Ms. Betty Kyakuwa among others.  

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TFU Leadership Development Programme for Undergraduate Finalist Students

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Teach For Uganda (TFU) Leadership Development Programme for Undergraduate Finalist Students.

Teach For Uganda (TFU) is a locally-rooted and globally informed leadership development organization operating as a non-profit organization since 2016.

The mission of TFU is to nurture leaders who are committed to advancing equitable access to quality education in low-income communities, by leveraging their power and knowledge to ensure that all children in Uganda attain an excellent education.

TFU offers a Two (2) year Fellowship programme through which they recruit and train Uganda’s top university graduates and young professionals from all academic backgrounds into full-time teacher-leaders and place them in high-need rural and underserved government schools to improve the learning and life outcomes of children in the far-flung communities.

The fellowship is a leadership development programme aimed at equipping fellows with hands-on leadership and pedagogical skills to become effective teachers and lifelong leaders who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve.

TFU is seeking to recruit talented undergraduate finalist students (about to graduate) with a
strong academic background and leadership achievement.

Please visit https://www.teachforuganda.org/ for information on how to apply.

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CEES to Equip Ghetto Youth with Entrepreneurial Skills

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The Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Hon. Minsa Kabanda (R) with the Principal CEES-Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi (2nd L) KGYTEP PI- Dr. Badru Musisi (2nd R) and Ms. Juliet Nabirye-MakRIF during the Stakeholder Engagement on 16th December 2021, Kampala Uganda.

A team of researchers from the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) is set to train ghetto youth and equip them with entrepreneurial skills as well as give them seed capital for their businesses.

The team, led by Dr. Badru Musisi, has embarked on a stakeholder engagement with the ghetto youth, youth organizations, the Police, the Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs among others to carry out a needs assessment before undertaking the study. The project, titled Kampala Ghetto Youth Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (KGYTEP) seeks to offer an opportunity of self-employment to the youths.

The KGYTEP Project Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Badru Musisi
The KGYTEP Project Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Badru Musisi

Speaking during the stakeholder engagement, the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Hon. Minsa Kabanda said the ghettos have three categories of youth, the educated but unemployed, the school dropouts and the criminals, who each require different interventions. Some need orientation and training while others require rehabilitation.

She said many youths in the ghetto had never got an opportunity to be employed and therefore was pleased to learn that Makerere University had embarked on a project to help them.

The Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Hon. Minsa Kabanda makes her remarks.
The Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Hon. Minsa Kabanda makes her remarks.

The youth in Uganda make up 70% of the population but more than half of these are unemployed, which has forced them to move into slums. The Minister said she had worked with the youth in Kampala and was confident that the ghetto youth want to improve their livelihoods and was therefore positive that this project would be supported.

She requested KCCA to undertake a census and registration of the youth in the slum areas of Kampala. She also called for the establishment of industrial parks and training centres, which should offer mindset change to the youth. She pledged support of the ministry during the execution of the project.

The Principal CEES, Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi addresses stakeholders.
The Principal CEES, Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi addresses stakeholders.

The Principal of CEES, Prof. Fred Masagazi Masaazi thanked the government for the financial support to Makerere University through the Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) and he also pledged the college’s willingness to work with the different stakeholders to uplift the lives of the ghetto youth. The Principal congratulated Dr. Musisi and the research team upon winning the grant.

It is estimated that more than half of the youth population is unemployed. This high rate of unemployment has driven the youth into crime and slum areas. It is this unemployment that the project seeks to address. The problem of unemployment creates a social, economic, political and security danger to the county.

Participants hold a group discussion during the KGYTEP Project Stakeholder Engagement.
Participants hold a group discussion during the KGYTEP Project Stakeholder Engagement.

The project seeks to offer scalable and sustainable training of the ghetto youth in the five divisions of Kampala using a model called STEP – Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion because it is evidence based and scientifically evaluated.

STEP is a strategic and Innovative skilling program designed to combat youth unemployment in developing countries. The goal of the training is to develop youths’ skills to pursue an entrepreneurial career as a viable employment option by changing their mindset to consider self-employment as an alternative career option, increase business start-up rate to boost the number of ghetto youth venture and produce more job creators.

Some of the youth that participated in the KGYTEP Project Stakeholder Engagement on 16th December 2021.
Some of the youth that participated in the KGYTEP Project Stakeholder Engagement on 16th December 2021.

The youth will be grouped in five people and given startup capital. The project is a 3-year project that is hoped will impact the lives of the youth.

The ghetto youth called on the public to show them love if they are to bring change into their communities. They said the biggest challenge that the ghetto youth face is stigma. The youth shared the challenges that hinder self-employment. They included, lack of finances, financial illiteracy, drug abuse, communication skills, marketing stills among others. They called on Dr. Musisi’s team to equip them with financial management skills, communication skills, marketing, saving, critical thinking among others.

The Commissioner of Community Policing, UPF, ACP Anatoli Muleterwa (R) and UPDF's Muwanguzi (L) listen to proceedings during the KGYTEP Project Stakeholder Engagement.
The Commissioner of Community Policing, UPF, ACP Anatoli Muleterwa (R) and UPDF’s Muwanguzi (L) listen to proceedings during the KGYTEP Project Stakeholder Engagement.

The training was also attended by the Commissioner of Community Policing in the Uganda Police Force, ACP Anatoli Muleterwa who also called on the youth to be law abiding citizens and avoid violence and crime. He reechoed the youth in saying the slums had many talented youths who needed a boost. He thanked the university for the project which he hoped will impact the lives of the youth, their homes and their communities. 

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