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Mak holds Consultative meeting: Stakeholders enrich draft Counselling & Guidance Policy

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On Friday 1st April 2022, Makerere University convened a consultative meeting that brought on board staff from different units of the University to provide views that would further inform the ongoing process of developing the Counselling and Guidance Policy.

The formulation of the Counselling and Guidance Policy is a key component of the research project titled, Strengthening Psychosocial Support Services at Makerere University. The research project is funded by the Government of Uganda through Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF). Mr. Henry Nsubuga, the Manager Counselling and Guidance is the Principal Investigator.

Welcoming the participants, the Facilitator of the meeting, Dr. David Onen from the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) emphasized the need for stakeholder consultation, engagement and involvement in policy formulation.

Dr. David Onen, the Facilitator provides a reflection on policy making.
Dr. David Onen, the Facilitator provides a reflection on policy making.

“Stakeholders should be consulted. Consultation enables us to understand the needs of those to be affected by the Policy.  It provides a platform to reach a common understanding of the goal and objectives of the policy, its benefits and implementation. When people are consulted, it leads to ownership of the policy,” he said.

Providing a reflection on Policy making, Dr. Onen informed the stakeholders that the ultimate beneficiary of the policy should be the learner. With Makerere University being an education institution, the stakeholders should focus on answering the question: “How does the policy benefit the learner?” He highlighted that a good policy must be goal based. He also appealed to every stakeholder to always follow a bottom-to-top approach in policy formulation.

In a presentation on the need for a Counselling and Guidance Policy, Mr. Nsubuga explained that psychosocial support services are crucial in ensuring holistic growth, development and wellbeing of students and staff. He pointed out that the learner does not operate in a vacuum and as such, the learner’s environment significantly determines his or her performance and wellbeing in general.

Facilitator, Dr. David Onen (Left) with the Principal Investigator, Mr. Henry Nsubuga (Right).
Facilitator, Dr. David Onen (Left) with the Principal Investigator, Mr. Henry Nsubuga (Right).

“In the pursuit of his or her goal while at Makerere University, the learner is faced with a number of challenges in the environment. Some of these issues if not attended to quite fast have a negative effect on the learner’s academic performance, mental, physical and social wellbeing as well as staff providing services to the learners,” he said.

He noted that some of the challenges could be academic, financial, unfulfilled dreams, unrealistic goals, relationship-based, health issues to mention, but a few.  Some, he added, could be coming from issues external to the learner’s environment such as family, but still have significant impact on the learners’ focus and wellbeing. In the same vein, some of the staff providing education services could also be grappling with the same issues affecting learners.

Dr. David Onen (standing) engages participants in Discussion Group 1.
Dr. David Onen (standing) engages participants in Discussion Group 1.

From the participant’s point of view, the development of the Counselling and Guidance Policy would contribute to strengthening psychosocial support services at the University.

Building on the presentations, the Facilitator of the day, Dr. David Onen asked a question: “How many of you feel that it is important for Makerere University to develop a Counselling and Guidance Policy?”

With the pace already set, Dr. Onen was preaching to the converted, and the stakeholders unanimously agreed that it was necessary to formulate the Counselling and Guidance policy.

Participants in Discussion Group 2 deliberate.
Participants in Discussion Group 2 deliberate as Facilitator, Dr. David Onen (3rd Left) listens.

Pleased with the positivity towards the process of policy formulation, Dr. Onen engaged the participants through interactive group discussions focusing on the objectives of the policy, the people to be affected by the policy, counselling and guidance services being provided, and recommendations of the Counselling and Guidance services that the stakeholders would like to be offered. The views of the stakeholders were effectively captured for incorporation into the proposed Mak Counselling and Guidance Policy.

Providing a Way Forward, stakeholders stressed the need to fast-track the development of the policy and unanimously agreed that the Counselling and Guidance Centre should play a central role and participate in all issues that concern students and staff at all levels. They further called for the integration of digitization in the provision of counselling and guidance services.

Participants in Discussion Group 1 deliberate.
Participants in Discussion Group 1 deliberate.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Nsubuga thanked the Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Nansubuga for the commitment towards the implementation of the research project. He commended the Facilitator and Stakeholders for the active participation that had provided valuable input into the draft Mak Counselling and Guidance Policy. He also acknowledged the University Management for supporting the strategies aimed at strengthening counselling and guidance services at Makerere University.

Written by: Ritah Namisango, Mak Public Relations Office

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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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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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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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