EAC University Debate Kicks off In Kampala

Makerere University Chancellor, drugs Dr. Ezra Suruma has urged the new graduates in the Education profession to ensure discipline emulate an exemplary character required of them.

While presiding over the graduation ceremony on the second day, Dr. Suruma encouraged the teachers to be focused and being good role models citing the example of the late Dr. Senteza Kajubi.

“You must uphold the values of discipline, trustworthy, time management and flexibility if you are to be competitive in the job market,” he remarked.

He challenged the graduates to embrace the spirit of volunteering and exploiting every opportunity so as to build their experience.

“As a volunteer, you may not eventually be considered for employment in a particular organization but the most important thing is the knowledge and skills acquired.”

Chimpreports spoke to Muhwezi Dennis, 26 and Ngudde Lawrence, 25 both graduates of Bachelors of Arts with Education to establish their motivation into the work environment.

Muhwezi observed that teachers have the responsibility of educating Uganda’s children irrespective of the inadequacies that may exist.

“Most teachers are rushing to urban centers leaving the students in rural areas to struggle with poor quality education. As fresh graduates, we ought to challenge ourselves to bridging this gap,” Muhwezi told Chimpreports.


On his part, Ngudde thinks graduates must look beyond their professions and become entrepreneurial. Beside doing his part time job as a teacher whose salary is meager, Ngudde attends to his own salon.

“Schools require experience from fresh graduates which we don’t have as yet. This however doesn’t mean we should sit and wait yet there are opportunities to do business,” he says.

Similary, Muhwezi urged fellow graduates to be enterprising and exploit opportunities in agriculture, farming as well as tourism.

However, both of them emphasized the need for government to address issues like accommodation for teachers, constructing more public schools and fast tracking the process of getting teachers on the payroll.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has hailed the EAC Secretariat and various partners for creating a platform for young people to discuss their role in the future of their respective countries and most importantly the East African region.

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, link who was yesterday officially opening the 4th EAC University Students’ Debate on Regional Integration at the International University of East Africa campus in Kasanga, order Kampala, said as young people, the youth should continue to explore the opportunities being availed by the East African Community and to use such platforms to hasten their knowledge and network among themselves.

The Prime Minister, who was represented by Prof. Dr. Sandy Stevens Tickodri Tagaboa, the State Minister in charge of Higher Education, Science and Technology, said there was need to encourage dialogues among the youths to promote the ethos of ethical and accountable leadership aimed at developing positive attitudes among the young people in the region.

He said since the 4th EAC University Students’ Debate was focussing on values, ethics and leadership, the three form the moral fibre of society and were critical to moulding the choices that youth make by imparting in them the desired principles such as integrity and accountability which are key in advancing the broad aims of the EAC integration, with youth as key stakeholders.

The Prime Minister disclosed that a National Youth Policy in Uganda was formulated in 2002 with the aim of enhancing youth participation in overall development processes and improving their quality of life.

Dr. Rugunda noted that corruption remains a key challenge in the region and it was worrying that only about 53% of East Africans think they can make a difference in the fight against the vice. “This is an alarming statistic and as young people, you should ensure that you fight this trend”

The Prime Minister noted that young people today had embraced the power of the internet and social media to interact, express themselves and to make their voice heard in a way that was not possible before. He therefore called upon the youth in the region to make linkages between democratic processes and these new ways of expression and communication and to use them to reinforce rather than threaten democracy.

EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Mr. Charles Njoroge said the Debate was one among other initiatives aimed at bringing young people on board to dialogue on core issues pertinent to the EAC integration agenda.

The Deputy Secretary General reaffirmed that the theme for the debate; the importance of upholding democratic principles, ethics and accountability among youth in advancing EAC integration, was very timely as ethics, integrity and upholding principles of democratic governance were among the fundamental principles and core values of the EAC.

“Other values that we hold dear, include celebrating unity in diversity, being accountable to the people, upholding the rule of law and ensuring transparency.  The current dialogue on this theme is promising … it is in sync with the on-going debate in most of the EAC Partner States”, noted the EAC official.

Prof. Olubayi Olubayi, Vice Chancellor, International University of East Africa urged the students in the region to nurture the culture of innovativeness, while Prof. Pontien Ndabandeza, the Deputy Executive Secretary, Inter-University Council of East Africa, hailed the EAC Secretariat for introducing the spirit and culture of competitiveness within and among the students and University communities in East Africa.

Over 200 young men and women from different Universities in Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are participating in the 2-day event.

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