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The National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs (NSPC), viagra Office of The President has organized a one-month patriotism development course for students who sat for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 2014.

According to Commissioner for Patriotism Clubs, Lt. Col. Henry Masiko, “the training in patriotism development was launched by President Yoweri Museveni in 2009 consistent with Objective XXIX (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995).”

The course whose venue is Uganda Police Training School, Kabalye in Masindi district commences on April 3o, 2015.

Masiko said admission begins at 10:00am and closes at 6:00pm.

Opposition politicians recently castigated the Police for allegedly politicizing the crime preventions and skill enhancement course for students from tertiary institutions and universities at Kabalye.

It was alleged that students who volunteered to participate in the three-week long crime prevention and skill enhancement course are being politically indoctrinated by the police, a charge the law enforcement body denied.

Selection Criteria

Masiko revealed on Monday that “NSPC works with Resident District Commissioners (RDC), Office of the President and Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports in running patriotism development programs in the country.”


Each district has coordinators who are teachers in secondary schools.

The RDCs assisted by district coordinators will select students who were very active members of the patriotic clubs in their schools and those whose examination results qualify them for admission to post-secondary institutions of learning – minimum of 10 points.

According to Masiko, the selection criteria cater for gender sensitivity – boys and girls who must be citizens of Uganda.

“We are targeting to receive 1,200 participants for the training. Each district has been allotted number of participants to send determined by school density in the district,” added Masiko.

He said the course aims at inculcating the norms and values of patriotism among students and youths of Uganda; having participants appreciate the core values and spirit of patriotism – love for Uganda, hard work, unity, service to community and love for self and training in leadership skills as they are soon to assume positions of responsibility in society.

Masiko stated that the patriotism course will enhance discipline, productivity, healthy minds and lifestyles of participants through physical exercises, elementary parade drills and introduction to plant and animal husbandry and promote cultural values, traditions, performances and songs and performances.

He emphasised the course would introduce them to basic security and self-defense skills, including detection of terrorism signals.

Course Contents

These constitute thematic topics and include:

  1. Comprehensive history of Uganda.
  2. Sensitize students on constitutionalism and governance
  3. Laws of social development (political economy) and operations of the laws in society (socio-economic formations) so far experienced by humanity
  4. Philosophy – the science of understanding natural and human phenomena to think and make decisions
  5. Topics of common good:

(a)          Financial literacy for mindset change

(b)          Regional integration and Pan-Africanism

(c)           Combating corruption.

(d)          New trends in HIV/AIDS.

(e)          Vision 2040.

(f)           Statistical trends of Uganda’s economy.

(g)          Environmental and wildlife fauna and flora conservation.


The Secretariat will feed, accommodate participants and give them fund to take them back to their home districts. Parents/guardians are requested to provide the children with the following:

  1. Transport to the school in Kabalye, Masindi district.
  2. Basic needs – soap, toothpaste, etc.
  3. Sports attire and jogging boots/strong shoes for parade drills.
  4. Medication for specific disease/allergy.

Thousands of South Sudan refugees and members of the host community in Koboko District are set to benefit after a landmark deal was signed that will bring greater economic prosperity to local farmers.

During the recent Thanksgiving ceremony for the newly-appointed Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs Honourable Anite Evelyn, shop attended by President Museveni, store an agreement termed the Koboko Partnership was signed by the Mr. David Apolo Kazungu – Commissioner for Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Neimah Warsame – UNHCR Country Representative, Mr. Walakira Paul – Chief Administrative Officer – Koboko District Local Government (DLG), Mr. Pierluigi Floretta – Regional Director of ACAV and Mr. Kato Chung Yoo, Director – Kato Eco Farming Limited (KEFL).

The Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hilary Onek, Internal Affairs’ Ambassador James Baba and Koboko District Chairperson Mr. Nginya Hassan Said – signed the agreement as witnesses.

The partnership is expected to improve the lives of thousands of refugees and member of the local community in Koboko District by providing training on modern agricultural techniques and providing farmers with access to markets for sim sim and green gram.

The innovative coming together of public and private partners is expected to become a model that will be emulated across the country.

South Sudanese refugees have been arriving in Uganda since February 2011. However the number of new arrivals dramatically increased in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his ex-Vice President Riek Machar of attempting a coup d’état against the government.

More than half a million South Sudanese have fled the country and 146,251 are currently being hosted in Uganda. The majority of these – 87 percent- are women and children under the age of 18.

President Museveni, speaking after the signing of the partnership, called on African countries to show solidarity with their neighbours and to embrace a Pan-African spirit of unity.

“We [in Uganda] look after refugees. Why? They are our brothers and sisters,” said Museveni.

After the initial challenge of providing refugees with basic needs and services has been met, one of UNHCR’s key objectives is to assist refugees in becoming self-reliant and to strengthen their socio-economic resilience.

This can take many forms, whether it is tending to livestock, cultivating fisheries or, as in this case, agricultural production.

The enhanced economic prosperity this brings helps to foster co-operation and peaceful coexistence between refugees and their host communities.

“The Koboko Model represents an exemplary and innovative partnership intended to make a difference in people’s lives as well as foster stability, prosperity and peace,” said UNHCR Representative to Uganda, Neimah Warsame.

“In Koboko, we have the opportunity to showcase that if you empower people to become the best that they can be, you allow them to thrive, and not just survive.”

How it will work

The Partnership will operate in three distinct phases. In Phase One, OPM, Koboko DLG, UNHCR and partners will focus on providing life-saving support and developing basic infrastructure.

In Phase Two, OPM, Koboko DLG, UNHCR, ACAV and KEFL will work in concert to advance agricultural techniques and strengthen inter-community relations between refugees and their hosts.

ACAV will implement a three-year skills training programme in modern agriculture through the Jabara Agricultural Vocational School while KEFL will bring improved seeds, guarantee loans and construct an agricultural storage facility for the host community’s Koboko District Farmers’ Association.

Phase Three will seek to develop access to private sector markets for refugee and host communities and engage private businesses and investors to become major engines for poverty alleviation and economic development.

“Today through the Koboko Model, we plant the seeds of a harvest that will not only provide families with better quality food but also allow them to enjoy the benefits of greater economic prosperity at a household level,” said the Honourable Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Relief, Hilary Onek.

“More parents will afford to send their children to school, many more will be able to improve their health and afford treatment, and more families will enjoy the benefits of financial security,” said Onek.

The UN Refugee Agency assists South Sudanese refugees in three locations in Uganda: Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo refugee settlements. In addition, approximately 7,500 South Sudanese refugees reside in Kampala.

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