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Staff Appeals Tribunal Swears in Senate & MASA Representatives

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The Makerere University Staff Appeals Tribunal on 20th December 2021 swore in two new members to represent the Senate and Mak Administrative Staff Association (MASA) constituencies. The ceremony was presided over by the Chairperson of the Tribunal Justice Dr. John Patrick Tabaro and witnessed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba as well as Members of Management.

Delivering the opening remarks, Justice Dr. Tabaro thanked the University Administration, Staff and Students for all the hard work that ensures that Makerere remains ranked among the top institutions on the continent, noting that this brings great pride to members of the public in general and the alumni in particular. As such, he said, it is important for the University to continue resolving disputes fairly, and in accordance with justice, so as to keep in step with its good ranking.

Assoc. Prof. Sylvia A. Nannyonga-Tamusuza (R)- Chair Performing Arts and Film and Representative of University Senate on the Staff Tribunal takes oath before Justice Dr. John Patrick Tabaro (L). Dr. Umar Kakumba (C)- Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) witnessed.

On the same occasion, he appealed to Senior Academic and Administrative staff to groom their upcoming colleagues so as to leave behind a legacy that will enable Makerere to continue performing excellently and competing favourably with other institutions.

“It is my dream that one day the academic excellence of this University and justice that the leadership and tribunal are promoting will one day lead it to top position in Africa and beyond” concluded Justice Dr. Tabaro.

Mr. Joseph Kalema (R) – Warden Nkrumah Hall swearing-in as the Representative of Senior Administrative Staff (Male) on Staff Appeals Tribunal.

Addressing participants at the ceremony, Dr. Kakumba conveyed the appreciation of the Vice Chancellor to the Chairperson and Members of the Staff Appeals Tribunal for the great work done to resolve staff disputes impartially and transparently.

“This is a very important process in any democratic institution that upholds the principles of the rule of law and human rights” remarked the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Dr. Kakumba reiterated the readiness of the Vice Chancellor and University Management to ensure that all matters raised by the Staff Tribunal to the University Appointments Board are addressed for purposes of continuous improvement and building a strong human resource. He added that the tribunal provides an internal mechanism through which there can be a reduction of cases in the Courts of Law.

The Vice Chancellor concluded by welcoming the new members of the Staff Appeals Tribunal; Assoc. Prof. Sylvia A. Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Head, Department of Performing Arts and Film (PAF) and Representative of University Senate and Mr. Joseph Kalema, Warden, Nkrumah Hall and Representative of Senior Administrative Staff (Male) under MASA.

“The University shall continue to provide support to the Tribunal as they dispense justice to the staff appealing decisions of the Appointments Board and we trust that you shall uphold the standards set by the Tribunal” said the Vice Chancellor to the newly-appointed members.

The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by the University Bursar-Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha, Director Internal Audit-Mr. Walter Yorac Nono, Dean of Students-Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli, Director Human Resources represented by Principal Human Resources Officer-Mr. Mujuni Tayari Deus and Mrs. Naome Kiconco Ochieng-Office of the University Secretary.

In attendance were; Dr. Josephine Ndagire-Secretary to the Staff Tribunal as well as Members – Dr. Phiona Muhwezi Mpanga and Dr. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala (MUASA Representatives), Ms. Sarah Wegosasa (MASA Representative) and Mr. Peter Eneru-Tribunal Clerk.

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A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga

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The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).

His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.

The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.

Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) 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.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

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.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

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.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

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.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

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 – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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