Makerere University in conjunction with the Embassy of France in Uganda in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), Alliance Française de Kampala and UN Women Uganda is set to host the Fourth Edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference from Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th November 2021.
The Conference to be held in line with the theme Crisis and Opportunity: Mapping the Geopolitical Importance of Africa is aimed at creating an interactive and dynamic platform for dialogue and free exchange of ideas between experts from Uganda and their counterparts from the African continent as well as from around the world.
Speaking at the Press Conference held in the Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF2) Auditorium on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 to officially launch the event, the Principal College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) Dr. Eria Hisali who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe thanked the partners for choosing Makerere University to once again host the Kampala Geopolitics Conference.
“We commit all our resources to ensuring that we have successful conference this November. Our job as academics will be to take discussion beyond the conference sessions of the three-day event” said Dr. Hisali.
Addressing the press, the Ambasssador of France to Uganda, H.E. Jules-Armand Aniambossou the Fourth Edition of the Conference will bring together researchers, representatives from the civil society, international organizations and governments, artists, and entrepreneurs.
“The conference aims to give room for these global-shapers, issued from the national, regional and international levels, to share their expertise and to make their voice heard regarding the pressing issues our society and our planet are facing” he remarked.
He highlighted three issues of particular importance to France that the conference would help address. These are;
- Sport as a soft power tool through the case study of Olympics and Paralympics, as France makes preparations to host the Olympic Games in 2024.
- The development of a new Africa-European Union relationship within the framework of the post-Cotonou agreement signed in April 2020.
- The adoption of a new format of global interaction through the use of Twitter Space so as to promote local and international involvement of the public particularly the youth.
The Press Conference was also addressed by Ms. Adekemi Ndieli, the Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Uganda who congratulated Makerere University upon 100 years of shaping millions of minds as well as 30 years of the School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS). She pledged her organisation’s commitment to partner with SWGS to empower more women, promote gender equality and fight against gender-based violence (GBV) in all its forms.
“We have seen in across the world and in Uganda what we call the ‘twin pandemic’ that is gender-based violence in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected young girls the most” she observed, noting that we cannot discuss geopolitics without voices of women.
Ms. Anna Reismann, Country Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Uganda and South Sudan in her remarks appreciated the partners for their flexibility in postponing the Conference to November in order to allow for physical presence of students. “I come to Makerere often but it is good to now see students on the roads going about their business.”
She thanked Makerere University for accepting to host the Fourth Edition of the Conference, noting that, “this is an important path to return to normality and we take this opportunity to congratulate the university on its 100 years of existence.”
Dr. Patrice Gilles, the Director of Alliance Française de Kampala shared that his organisation shall offer an ardent cultural program in preparation for the Fourth Edition of the Conference.
“In close collaboration with the French Embassy, Alliance Française, KQ Hub and Citizen Report UG will offer an ardent cultural programme at the Kampala Geopolitics Conference. We shall have a photo exhibition to promote work of visual storytellers and a Quiz” remarked Dr. Gilles.
The first quiz on the Kampala Geopolitics Conference will be held on Friday 5th November, 2021 in a live session hosted on the Citizen Report UG twitter page.
Scholars & Alumni of Mastercard Foundation light up Achukudu Community, Napak District
By Bernard Buteera
On Saturday 2nd December 2023, all roads led to Achukudu Community Primary School in Napak District, Karamoja sub-region, as the Scholars and Alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University commemorated their Scholars’ Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback). The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service was held at Achukudu Community Primary School, Napak District in the Karamoja sub-region. Established in 2013, Achukudu Community School serves two ethnic communities—The Iteso and Karamojong.
With a total population of 1,907 pupils only three government-paid teachers, and nine community-paid teachers, the School faces a plethora of challenges. Key among the challenges is the lack of Classrooms, decent Ventilated Pit Latrines, and Desks. Therefore when the Scholars identified the School as one that deserved to be given a gift of a classroom block, it was a befitting choice!
The Scholars with support from the alumni, the Program Team, Members of the Steering Committee, and partners of the Scholars Program at Makerere University intervened by constructing a two-classroom block, which was supervised by one of the alumni who is an Engineer. Alongside the classroom block, the Scholars also provided 40 desks, helping the school meet UNEB Center eligibility criteria.
While presiding over the event, the area member of Parliament, Hon. John Bosco Ngoya, thanked the Scholars and alumni community at Makerere University for supporting the young pupils of Achukudu Primary School and the entire community by gifting them with a two-classroom block.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation at Makerere University for the Christmas gift of a classroom block to the young people and the entire community of Achukudu. This classroom block will go a long way in improving the learning environment of the young children of Achukudu primary school.” Hon. Ngoya pointed out.
Hon. Ngoya called upon other people to emulate the Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation in embracing the spirit of giving back to the vulnerable people in the community. On his part, he donated One Million Five hundred shillings (1,500,000/=) to help the School purchase more desks, and he had earlier contributed One million shillings (1,000,000/=) towards the construction of the classroom block.
The District Education Officer (DEO) for Napak District, Ms. Joyce Nakoya, praised the Scholars Community for embracing and practicing the spirit of giving back to other people at an early age.
“Thank you Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation at Makerere for embracing the spirit of giving back to other people at such an early age. If all people gave back to the less privileged in our communities, we would have a better world for everyone.” Ms. Nakoya pointed out.
Ms. Nakoya further pointed out every child deserves to study in a decent environment, therefore it was a befitting cause for the Scholars to construct a classroom block for the young pupils of Achukudu community primary school, who were studying in open grass thatched classrooms.
The Program Manager of, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University, Ms. Jolly Okumu who led the team of Scholars, alumni, and staff to Karamoja thanked the community of Achukudu for supporting the Scholars to deliver the class block by contributing to the construction sand.
“We come here today to join with you as a community driven by a shared commitment to education, empowerment, and ethos of giving back. Today is a historic occasion as we celebrate the completion and commissioning of the classroom block, which is a remarkable testament to the transformative power of education and our unwavering spirit of community service.” Ms. Jolly remarked.
The President of the Scholars Association, Mr. Godfrey Okello, thanked all the Scholars and alumni, and all stakeholders who contributed to the construction of the classroom block, which was a dream that became a reality.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and people of goodwill who supported us to realize our dream of constructing this classroom for our young brothers and sisters of Achukudu Primary School. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow young people in Uganda and Africa as a whole.” Mr. Okello remarked.
The Headteacher of the School, Mr. Eryebu Raymond, who was visibly very excited was full of praises for Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation, for what he termed as an iconic classroom block they had gifted to his School.
“This day is very special to us, we will not see this day again. We are delighted to receive the Scholars and alumni of Mastercard Foundation from Makerere University, thank you for considering supporting our School” Mr. Eryebu excitedly remarked.
The Headteacher revealed that one of the major challenges the school was facing was an acute shortage of classrooms for his 1,097 pupils. He was therefore grateful to Mastercard Foundation Scholars for choosing to construct a two-class block for the School.
“This donation of a classroom block and Desks is a testament to your commitment to education and empowering the lives of the vulnerable people in the community. This classroom block and desks will go a long way in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school.” Mr. Eryebu further remarked.
The 2023 Scholars Annual Day of Community Service (Giveback) was punctuated with a lot of joy, pomp, and fanfare, as the pupils and the entire community of Achukudu danced and ululated at the commissioning of the classroom block. The construction of the classroom block and purchase of desks for Achukudu Community Primary School was made possible by generous contributions by the Scholars, alumni, the Program Team, and members of the Steering Committee.
Among the Partners who made financial contributions towards the class block construction included; DFCU Bank, Post Bank, URA, Katumba Estates, Footsteps Furniture Ltd, and Sion Travels Ltd.
The Scholars and Alumni Day of Community Service (Give back) is an annual event, where Scholars and alumni of the Mastercard Foundation go out into the community to give back by providing solutions to challenges that a particular community is facing. Over the years Scholars have given back to the communities in numerous ways that range from offering professional services and erecting major projects like classroom blocks.
Bernard Buteera is the Communications and Public Relations Officer of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
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