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Part of London 2012 Olympic Stadium Wrap Brought to Uganda

Ross McLean, President of Sub-Saharan Africa at Dow admires a cloth made by one of the youth affected by conflict in northern Uganda.

Graduates and Managers have been advised of the need to embrace the habit of reading so as to broaden their knowledge base and open their imaginations to new ideas.

Michael Niyetegeka an IT consultant and Students’ Facilitator made the call during the opening of the 5th annual Madhvani Foundation Career Guidance and Entrepreneurship training workshop.

Madhvani Foundation is a charitable trust that promotes education among the people of Uganda.  This foundation took it upon itself to train and equip Ugandan graduates with practical skills for the reason that despite having good academic performances, viagra buy http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/theme-tools/site-logo.php they have failed to demonstrate employable skills at the workplace.

Niyetegeka noted that as graduates are crying of the unemployment in the country, drugs http://cosmoveda.de/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/emails/class-wc-email-customer-refunded-order.php employers on the other hand are complaining of unavailable right skilled people to fill the available job positions.

“Ugandan students still lack thinking skills that can otherwise empower them to explore the many opportunities around them, this site http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/ms-deprecated.php ” he observed.

While mentoring the students during the workshop, Niyetegeka urged graduates to always read and inform themselves of the issues that surround them as opposed to just the ones that concern them since lack of knowledge is the most common mistake made during interviews.

He explained professionalism as another key issue that every employer looks out for in an employee.

Youths have also been advised to embrace the entrepreneurship drive and become self-reliant through enterprise creations.

In a recent report on the lack of employment among graduates in Africa, the British Council noted that there has been an increase in higher education in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade. But at the same time,  few graduates have acquired the skills they need to find work.

 
Part of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ legacy can now be seen in Northern Uganda. Earlier this year the multicolored thermoplastic membranes developed by Dow to “wrap” the Olympic Stadium were installed at the Patongo Vocational Centre, recipe http://colefrieman.com/v2/richard-hunt.php Northern Uganda.

The centre is run by a local NGO, visit web Passion for Community in partnership with Chance for Childhood it provides vocational training, education and sanctuary for former child soldiers and other vulnerable young people affected by conflict and poverty in Northern Uganda.

The colored panels of the Stadium Wrap were made from a fabric coated with Dow polyolefin elastomers. This innovative material was developed by Dow in record time for the London 2012 Olympic Games in order to address the rigorous safety and sustainability requirements of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The Stadium Wrap enabled the completion of the Olympic Stadium construction project as originally planned by architects and assisted with visual signage for the public attending the event.

Speaking during the unveiling, Dow Sub-Saharan Africa Leader Ross McLean said, “With the Olympic Stadium Wrap we bring another example of our unique technology to this dynamic part of the world. Sport is a huge unifier in Africa. It is extremely popular and it has a positive impact on communities; it is a way of communicating and educating. I am very proud that, via this global initiative we have been able to bring a little piece of London to Uganda. It has helped Dow make a difference in the community of Patongo and we will continue doing so.”

Also speaking at the launch, the Speaker of the Parliament of EALA Right Hon. Daniel Kidega, noted “Uganda’s National Anthem was the last one to be played at the 2012 London Olympics games. Receiving a part of that stadium is a great honour not only to Ugandans but to the whole of East Africa which has had great representation and participation at Olympic Games.”

Beyond the Stadium Wrap, Dow also donated soccer balls which the company has developed using new advanced technology which allows the balls to retain their form and shape without pumping air.

“The soccer balls donated today have not been used elsewhere in Africa. They will go a long way in helping the children and the community of Patongo to enjoy soccer, a game that is phenomenally popular in this region,” said McLean. Soccer will also form part of the rehabilitation therapy delivered at the centre.

While receiving the stadium wrap, David Lagen, the Director of Patongo Vocational Center said, “We have already witnessed great impact in the community since the completion of this project. Indeed it has come as good news for the whole community here and it has reignited the role of sports as a powerful tool for community integration.”

Anna-Mai Estrella, Executive Director of Chance for Childhood reported: “It has been fantastic to work with Dow on this project, which illustrates how a multinational company is making a genuine difference by partnering with local communities”.

 

 

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