Following a month-long deliberation, view http://cu1cali.com/components/com_k2/templates/default/latest.php MultiChoice Uganda has announced the country winners for the 2014 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition at a prize giving ceremony held at their Head office in Kampala on Tuesday.
The competition which lasted four months saw 30 schools from different regions participate with 115 students taking part.
The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards aim to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students in Africa, http://deborahmillercounselor.com/wp-admin/includes/image.php create awareness on how science/technology can be applied to everyday life and showcase the many ways satellites impact Africa’s development.
Evaluating this year’s level of competitiveness, Dr. Roselyne Akol, a lecturer at Makerere University’s department of Technology and the Chairperson of the 2014 adjudication committee said she was impressed by the contestants’ inventiveness.
“My fellow judges and I were taken aback by the insights and level of creativity from the entries we received,” said Akol.
“It is evidently clear this generation of children is well versed in their knowledge and understanding about technology just by looking at the quality of their work, I am confident that the two winners selected to represent Uganda at the continental competitions in Zambia next year will do us proud,” she added.
Akol applauded MultiChoice for fostering the development of science and technology though the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Competition as it encourages students not only to think outside the box but to put their imagination to good use.
Esther Mirembe, a student of Gayaza High School came out top in the Best Entry Award category with an essay entry which impressed the judges because of the innovative nature of the composition.
The essay titled “The Daze unfazed” will be competing with entries from other countries on the continent for the overall prize, which is a once in a lifetime trip for two to witness a live a rocket launch, and visit Eutelsat facilities in Paris, France.
Kasule Hanna also a student at Gayaza High School emerged victorious in the Best Poster Entry category with an entry titled “A better world…For a better People”.
Both entrants won Explora Decoders from Multichoice. The Runners up in the Essay and Poster categories were Grace Gibawa of Gayaza High School and Keith Tumwiine of Kings College Buddo respectively. The duo won Samsung phones.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, MultiChoice Uganda Publicist Tina Wamala said, “An investment in the youth is an investment in the future and as MultiChoice we believe that the promotion of education in the fields of science and technology will make a fundamental difference in the future of all countries across the continent.”
She added: “Education is a key focus of our corporate social investment programmes, our decision to initiate this competition with Eutelsat and Mindset Learn created a natural synergy which was able to stimulate education and interest around satellites and their possible applications in Africa”. We thank all the schools who participated in this year’s competition as well as our distinguished judges who have made this competition a success.
The judging panel members comprised Dr. Akol, Pamela Kadama, Research Assistant with Uganda Communications Commission, Ali Jazilah from Ministry of ICT, Abubaker Bbuye Senior Officer with the Ministry of Education and Samuel Wandera Floor Manager, Operations department MultiChoice Uganda.
Wamala said MultiChoice is keenly aware of the challenges faced by many countries across the continent – specifically in terms of access to ICTs and the development of science and technology.
“Hence these Awards are leveraged off MultiChoice’s Resource Centre programme which has been established in over 1000 schools across Sub Sahara Africa to improve teaching and learning processes by equipping these schools with audio-visual educational equipment and MultiChoice education bouquet channels such as National Geographic, the History Channel and Mind-set Learn,” she added.
The government of Uganda has borrowed a total of Shs 1, ambulance http://comeandcheck.it/wp-includes/default-filters.php 302,961,140,000 without getting the constitutionally required Parliament’s approval.
This was revealed during a Parliamentary committee hearing on Tuesday.
The Committee of National Economy unearthed the alleged illegality in a hot session with the officials from ministries of Finance and Energy led by ministers Maria Kiwanuka and Irene Muloni respectively who failed to convince lawmakers why the Executive bypassed Parliament to borrow the huge sum of funds.
The Committee chaired by Ibanda North Xavier Kyoma was surprised to learn that the two ministers have already secured $482,578,200 – an equivalent of Shs 1.3tn from the Export-Import Bank (EXIM). The government officials want the transaction endorsed by Parliament.
The loan is for the construction of Isimba Hydropower project and Isimba Bujagali Inter-connection project.
According to Members of Parliament, actions by the Executive are contrary to article 159 (2) of the country’s constitution which stipulate that borrowing by government should solely be authorized by an act of Parliament.
“The executive at times take us for granted. This is an abuse of the constitution by bypassing us and getting such a big money while article 159 (2) clearly streamlines how such processes should be managed,” said MP Hon Migande Ndugwa.
The committee also learnt that the contract for the huge project has already been awarded without first fulfilling the due procedure of acquiring the loan.
It remains unclear how the two arms of government – Parliament and Executive will harmonize their position on the matter.
Chimpreports has also separately learned that President Museveni has called Muloni and Kiwanuka for a meeting at State House Entebbe.