Education

Over 700 Students to Undergo Patriotism Training

President Museveni addressing young people during a training at Kyankwanzi

A total of 750 senior six leavers from all the districts in Uganda and students of Shimoni Primary Teachers College will undergo a two weeks Patriotism training course at Shimoni Primary Teachers College grounds at Bulindo, buy information pills Wakiso District.

The training, officials told ChimpReports, which will be conducted by National Secretariat for Patriotic Corps (NSPC), will take place from 27 May to 8 June 2017.

According to the Commissioner NSPC Col Patrick Mwesigye, the training has been an annual activity since 2013 targeting senior six leavers who are transiting from secondary to tertiary education.

“The aim of the training is to help guide and equip our students especially those who have been in secondary school patriotic clubs with capacity to manage the transition from secondary to post secondary clubs,” says the commissioner.

Mwesigye said unlike at the secondary level, tertiary level students are exposed to more advanced ideological theories and patriotic teachings which further shape their worldview and also allow them adapt to the more liberal and risky university environment.

“It is against this background that the secretariat thinks that as our Patriots advance in their education ladder, it is our responsibility to deepen their understanding by equipping them with better tools of analysis, critical and creative thinking skills,” said Mwesigye.

Officials did not shed light on the criteria used to select the trainees.

Such training initiatives have since faced criticism from opposition who claim youth are being brainwashed to support the ruling NRM party, charges government denies.

In this training, officials said students will be taken through a number of practical topics among which are: Patriotism for nation building and social transformation, Role modeling and inspiring learners, Patriotic discipline and methods of work and, Leadership skills and leadership development, health and hygiene.

They will also be introduced to more theoretical topics like Constitutionalism and Rule of law, Aspects of Uganda’s history from pre-colonial, colonial, and post- independence periods; National resources and their impact on Uganda’s Geo politics, on top of basic military drills, self-defence and skills at arms.

Mwesigye said the training is in line with their mandate of inculcating patriotism values and norms to all students and all youth of Uganda through patriotism studies.

The NSPC is a presidential initiative launched by President Museveni in 2009 to produce a “new breed of enlightened population committed and devoted to national causes, and have the love for the country.”

Over the years NSPC says it has trained over three hundred thousand (300,000) students and youths, and have established over 4,000 patriotic Clubs in secondary and Tertiary institutions in Uganda.

The target is to train over 1,500,000 secondary school students and their teachers, 6,000 students in UTCs and NTCs, and over 84000 in universities and other tertiary institutions of learning.

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