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Dr. Ngaka hands over office to Dr. Sanya

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The outgoing Head of the Department of Adult and Community Education (DACE) in the School of Distance and Lifelong Learning (SoDLL), Dr. Willy Ngaka on June 30, 2022 handed over office to the incoming acting head Dr. Rahman Sanya.

The Principal, Prof. Muwagga Mugagga, thanked Dr. Ngaka for his service and dedication to the Department. He thanked him for his service to the university and wished him well in his career. Dr. Ngaka will continue to serve the country in Kyambogo University. 

Dr. Ngaka in his submission shared with the staff, some of the achievements registered by the department during his tenure. These include; the team DACE constructively engaged with the relevant University authorities to reverse the decision to scrap the Bachelor of Adult and Community Education.

The outgoing HoD shared how his team effectively adapted to the COVID-19 induced online learning and teaching including successfully using the alternative assessment modes to enable students do their university examinations.

Under his leadership, the department established a boardroom for enhancing staff bonding time through formal and informal interactions such as taking tea at a specific time and making lunch time academic presentations. “This has encouraged unity and team spirit among the staff,” Dr. Ngaka said.

The Principal CEES-Prof. Anthony Muwagga Mugagga (R) witnesses as Outgoing Head, Department of Adult and Community Education (DACE)-Dr. Willy Ngaka (L) hands over to Incoming Head, DACE-Dr. Rahman Sanya (C) on 30th June 2022.
The Principal CEES-Prof. Anthony Muwagga Mugagga (R) witnesses as Outgoing Head, Department of Adult and Community Education (DACE)-Dr. Willy Ngaka (L) hands over to Incoming Head, DACE-Dr. Rahman Sanya (C) on 30th June 2022.

The Department also signed an MoU with the University of Jyvaskyla, University Eastern Finland and College of Business Education in Tanzania to promote research and graduate training as well as staff capacity development.

DACE secured permission from the Vice Chancellor to host the recently created UNESCO/UNITWIN Research Network on literacies, green skilling and capacity development for sustainable communities in Africa which will among others create an andragogy lab.

The department has kick started the review of its programmes as required by the National Council for Higher Education.

Dr. Ngaka’s tenure was however, not without challenges.

The Department has been affected by the 40% cut in the budget that has affected the running of activities.

The Department lacks senior staff, resulting partly from the delays in handling staff appointments and promotions. The Department has its entire staff at the level of Assistant Lecturer.

The Department has seen a drop in enrollment owing to COVID-19 and also the earlier decision to scrap BACE which resulted in late advertising of the programme. Dr. Ngaka hopes that this will change for the better.

Dr. Sanya on his part thanked the University Management for giving him the opportunity to serve his Department. He called for staff support if the college is to consolidate the achievements already realized.

The handover was witnessed by the Principal, Deputy Principal, Human Resources Officer, Communication Officer and a representative from the Directorate of Internal Audit.

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Call for Papers: Makerere University Journal of Research and Innovations in Teacher Education (RITE)

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The Principal CEES-Prof. Anthony Muwagga Mugagga (Left), Principal PRO-Ms. Ritah Namisango (2nd Right) with Staff as well as Secondary School Teachers and Students at the Youth and Innovation Expo, 6th-7th October 2023, Makerere University. Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere University Journal of Research and Innovations in Teacher Education (RITE) is now accepting submissions for its special issue to be published in August 2024. RITE Journal covers a wide range of topics within teacher education, including but not limited to:

  • Innovative pedagogies in Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and University Teacher Education
  • Studies on Emerging Technologies in Education (ETs).
  • Capacity building and Continuous Professional Development (CPDs) for teachers and teacher educators
  • Education Policy Reviews

Journal Information:

  • Publication Model: RITE Journal is published both in print and online versions.
  • Publishing Formats: Accepted formats include PDF, EPUB, and HTML.
  • Publication Frequency: Bi-annually.
  • Peer Review Model: Double-Blind Review.
  • Indexed in: Google Scholar, Web of Science, and ERIC.

Author Information:

For submission guidelines, please visit the Author Information page: https://rite.mak.ac.ug/for-authors

Journal Statistics:

Acceptance Rate: The average first decision on papers is in 15 days, and the average final decision on peer-reviewed papers is in 45 days.

Sponsors and Affiliated Institutions:

The RITE Journal’s scholarship is supported by funding from:

For submission of articles and more details about the journal, please visit the submission portal: https://rite.mak.ac.ug.

Contact Information:

Publisher: Makerere University Institute of Teacher Education and Research (MITER).
E-mail: rite@mak.ac.ug
Alt e-mail: miter@mak.ac.ug

Deadline for Submissions:

Please submit your articles by 30th April to be considered for the special issue in August 2024

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CHAKITAU calls for directive to make Kiswahili compulsory

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Participants in the Conference march around the Main Campus. The 17th Annual Kiswahili conference, 23rd-24th March, 2024, Big Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The association of Kiswahili speakers in Uganda through their umbrella body, CHAKITAU, have asked the government to pass a directive making the language compulsory in schools and higher institutions.

CHAKITAU is a Swahili word which stands for Chama Cha Kiswahili Cha Taifa Cha Uganda.

The members said if Kiswahili is integrated in teaching and learning at all levels, Uganda will then realize the East African Community goals and objectives.

 Dr Levi Masereka Kahaika, a lecturer of Kiswahili at Makerere, said the government should think about introducing the language at nursery level.

The Guest of Honour, Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke (Right) at the Conference. The 17th Annual Kiswahili conference, 23rd-24th March, 2024, Big Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

This he believes will make learning Kiswahili easy since it is believed the learning rate among children is higher than their older counterparts.

“Our research revealed that if a child is introduced to a language when he/she is still young, chances are high they will speak it fluently,” Dr Masereka said.

He further noted that a child is capable of learning six languages at a time, and Kiswahili should be prioritized alongside English, the official language.

“At the regional level, we are talking about free movement and free residency so we need to start now and everyone learns Kiswahili since it unites the East African Community,’ Dr Masereka said.

The 17th Annual Kiswahili conference, 23rd-24th March, 2024, Big Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Kiswahili speakers raised the concern during the 17th annual Kiswahili conference which was held at Makerere University from 23rd to 24th March, 2024.

The conference was graced by students taking Kiswahili language at higher institutions of learning lead by Makerere University, the host institution, Kyambogo University, Metropolitan International University, Bishop Stuart University, Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda Martyrs University, and Pentecostal University among others.

Schools including St Kizito SS Bugolobi, St Joseph Naggalama, Archbishop Kiwanuka Masaka, and Kampala Parents’ school among others also participated.

Some of the participants included students from various universities. The 17th Annual Kiswahili conference, 23rd-24th March, 2024, Big Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Dr Muhammad Kiggundu, the Head of the Department of Humanities and Language Education at Makerere University officiated at the conference on the opening day as the guest of honour.

In his remarks, Dr Kiggundu said despite the integration of Kiswahili in the Ordinary level curriculum, many teachers have remained unemployed, posing a risk to the future of the language in Uganda.

He asked the government to reconsider recruiting Bachelor’s degree holders saying the majority of the recent teachers recruited on government payroll were diploma holders.

“Government recruited diploma holders to teach students in lower secondary leaving out the bachelor’s teachers, most of whom are on the streets of Kampala searching for jobs,” Dr Kiggundu said.

He noted that since Kiswahili was introduced at Makerere University, they have passed out 40 percent of Kiswahili teachers in the country but only 10 percent have since secured jobs.

The 17th Annual Kiswahili conference, 23rd-24th March, 2024, Big Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Dr Kiggundu asked the government to take immediate action and have those idle teachers deployed in schools countrywide to enable them spread the language to other parts of the country.

Dr Boaz Mutungi, the vice president of CHAKITAU, expressed worry over Kiswahili being taught in only central and Western schools and institutions.

“All universities in the North and Eastern don’t offer Kiswahili as one of the subjects in schools,” Dr Mutundi said.

He asked the government to absorb the available teachers and put them in vacant schools and institutions.

According to the statistics presented by CHAKITAU as of 2024, they have a total of 2,401 teachers as registered members of the association but 2,056 of them are unemployed.

Pupils perform during the Conference. The 17th Annual Kiswahili conference, 23rd-24th March, 2024, Big Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The statistics further reveal that only 345 teachers are employed by the government countrywide. 57 of these teachers are diploma holders, 23 of them are Master’s degree holders and 19 teachers have Doctorate in Kiswahili (PhD), with one Doctor still unemployed.

The rest of them who are the majority have bachelors from different universities.

Dr Martin Mulei, the patron of CHAWAKANA Uganda, lauded primary and secondary schools that have already started adopting the language policy of teaching Kiswahili.

In 2022, cabinet approved the implementation of the 21st East African Community Summit directive in Uganda to make Kiswahili the official language and they also approved compulsory teaching of Kiswahili in primary and secondary schools.

However, the directive worked well in lower secondary schools after making Kiswahili compulsory for seniors one and two.

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Long-Serving Academic Dr. Samuel Siminyu Retires: Fond Farewell from IODEL

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Dr. Samuel Siminyu (2nd Right) flanked by members of his family receives a gift from the Director IODeL, Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda (Left) at the farewell event. Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) has bid farewell to one of its longest serving academics, Dr.  Samuel Ndeda Siminyu. This was at a colorful luncheon on March 27, 2024.  Spiced up with music, dance, food, drinks, jokes, laughter, and nostalgic speeches, the party was attended by the institute’s staff, friends, and colleagues of Uncle Sam, as he has been popularly known.

Colleagues shared memories of Uncle Sam’s dedication to the job, resilience and mentorship. Speaker after speaker underscored his fatherly approach towards handling of both students and fellow staff. “I remember my first travel abroad was with uncle Sam. We suffered several mishaps such as missing the plane, but he kept claiming me down, saying we would hope that all would be well. Indeed, after one month of being abroad, we returned safely. He was and still is like a father to me,” Mr. Kajumbula Richard said.

Dr. Samuel Siminyu serves cake to colleagues during his farewell. Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Dr. Siminyu was also praised for his mastery of the English language.  “Can it be true that Omuwongo Samwiri has clocked retirement? Samwiri remains my legendary wordsmith! I will greatly miss those positive comments about my grammar, word diction, and synthesis! Samwiri is not only brainy but also well cultured, responsible, respectful, amiable, jovial, warm and polished. I am lucky to have known and interacted with Mzee Mangeni (Sr) who fathered these eminent personalities. Samwiri has been my trusted encyclopedia, and it’s sad that he is retiring at such a young age,” another colleague shared.

Another colleague, Mr Arthur Mugisha also added, “Sam was such a perfectionist that nothing would cross his table with any errors, and he appends a signature. I remember him principally teaching me how to write official documents in his office. I would draft, and then we would write together what he would sign. He has such a moral character that everyone would wish to emulate.”.

Left to Right: Dr. Samuel Siminyu, a Guest and Dean School of Distance and Lifelong Learning-Dr. Harriet Nabushawo Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

“Sam was a father figure to many of us who came as young staff. especially me, who never joined Makerere with anyone holding my hand but my performance. If anything was going astray, he would call you and counsel you instead of reprimanding you. For me, that was perfect leadership. I have learnt quite a lot from him, which makes me stand out in my leadership within and outside the department.”

Uncle Sam, as he is known by many in the department, has mentored many staff on matters of student support, managing DE programs, handling students as coordinators, matters of faith, and personal well-being.

Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

On his part, Dr. Siminyu thanked IODEL for the love and support shown to him over the year and for the beautiful sendoff. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to mentor and lead others, and he emphasized the importance of continuous learning and growth in leadership. Dr. Siminyu’s legacy of compassionate leadership will continue to inspire those he has mentored for years to come. His dedication to helping others succeed has left a lasting impact on the department, and his wisdom and guidance will be greatly missed. Dr. Siminyu’s legacy will live on through the countless individuals he has influenced throughout his career. He said that he is confident that his mentees will carry on his values and teachings, making a positive impact on their own leadership journeys.

Speaking during the luncheon, Mr. Banadda Godfrey, a member of the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) and also a retiree, shared some insight into what one needs to do pre and post-retirement. 

Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Mr Banadda said it was important for one to save money before retirement. This, he said, should be invested in a fixed deposit account or a unit trust so that one is able to enjoy the interest accrued during retirement.

He advised Dr. Siminyu to draw up his own retirement plan, which he said would guide him in the utilization of his money.

“You will need to put in place a plan for cash flow and also have an investment plan for your benefits. Look at investment options like bonds and trust funds,” he emphasized.  

Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Don’t delegate the use of your money or enterprise. Invest in ventures you can supervise effectively. Always adjust to your new status quo. Your lifestyle might need to change, so adjust quickly. Don’t live in denial.”

Mr. Banadda advised Dr. Siminyu to continue socializing and also widen his social networks by joining clubs, visiting friends and family, and engaging in regular exercise. 

Cake cutting by Dr. Samuel Siminyu and members of his family as Dr. Harriet Nabushawo (Left) and Prof. Paul Birevu Muyinda (Right) applaud. Dr. Samuel Ndeda Siminyu farewell luncheon by the Institute of Open, Distance and e-Learning (IODeL) on 27th March 2024, AVU Conference Room, College of Education and External Studies (CEES), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

“Above all of this, enrich your spiritual life, join a church, and pray,” he concluded.  

About Dr. Siminyu

  • BAED 1989 and scored Upper Second
  • MA 1995
  • Joined the Department of Distance Education as a contract staff (Editor) 1995
  • Got Contract appointment for 6 months on 25th January 1996 an Editor
  • He joined with a Masters Degree so he got an appointment as a lecturer on March 11, 1998 a rank he has held until his retirement.
  • He previously served as the head of the Department of Distance Education
  • All through his service at Makerere, he has served as the Head of Materials Development and Distribution Section in the department.
  • Sam has been an expert in curriculum development and review for all the delivered programs in the department (B.Ed/ Ext, B.COX, B.Sc and BARI)
  • He became the interim managing editor of Makerere University Press on June 20, 2022 and made several publications under his watchful eye.
  • Sam was one of the pioneers of online learning at Makerere University. He did his PhD at the University of Liverpool purely online.
  • He has participated in policy formulation and implementation at various levels.

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