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Youths Urged To Shun Individualism To Develop

Youths have been urged to shun individualism and embrace partnerships if they are to achieve meaningful development.

Speaking during a networking panel discussion on the role of the youth in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a case for Uganda, at Uganda Christian University yesterday, different speakers emphasized the importance of teamwork amongst the youths.

Prof. Edward Kirumira, the Principal Makerere University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences said, “We need to bring up young people in a collective setting as opposed to an individualistic setting. We need our youths to work collectively.”

Kirumira added that by keeping youths in schools, education  will help to curb the rapid population growth, which has been identified as one of the development challenges for countries like Uganda.

“Close to 70% of the Ugandan population are youths,” He said.

Samuel Malinga, youth leader and Managing Director Sanitation Africa Ltd said through partnerships, youths can access capital and in the process, overcome funding challenges which often stifles their aspirations.

Malinga identified funding as one of the hindrances to the attainment of SDGs but said that the solution to that is in SDG number 17 which calls for partnerships.

“Youth need to be organized and work in groups and not move as individuals,” he said.

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David Mugawe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Development and External Relations at UCU thanked the Nordic Countries for their support to UCU.

The Uganda-Norway Alumni Network (UGNAN) and the  Royal Norwegian Embassy team pose for a group photo.

“With support from the government of Norway, we have educated a number of our staff at masters and PHD levels. We have also been able to build areas of instruction in our Mass Communications department. Because of the improved capacities, mass communications department has actually been elevated to a faculty of Journalism, Media and Communication,” he said.

Speaking during the event, Susan Eckey, the Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda said that her government is, “committed to continue supporting education” because of its role in stimulating the development of nations.

She added that education is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and in addressing some of the world’s developmental challenges.

The ambassador also hailed Uganda, saying that it was the first country in the world to have her National Development Plan aligned to the new SDGs.

the debate was organized by the Uganda-Norway Alumni Network (UGNAN) in conjunction with the Royal Norwegian embassy in Uganda.

Its panelists and moderators were largely people who have studied in the Nordic Countries.

They included moderator Assoc. Prof. Gerald Karyeija (Uganda Management Institute), Assoc. Prof. Monica Chibita (Dean Faculty of Journalism, Media and Communications, UCU), Godfrey Sempungu (Associate Dean Faculty of Business and Administration, UCU) and Prisca Amongin the former Guild President UCU.

Prof. Monica Chibita called for the involvement of youths in decision making on matters that affect them.

“Any decision about the future affects youth. They represent continuity,” she said.

The debate was attended by hundreds of students from secondary schools in Mukono, Jinja, Wakiso and Kampala.

 

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