Ugandan Duo Drafted in Kaizer Chiefs Caf Squad

Ivan Bukenya of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates previous victory

The Madrasa Early Childhood Programme – Uganda (MECPU) has certified 71 caregivers who undertook a one-year proficiency course in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

MECPU is a programme of Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Uganda in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, try Science, health Technology, and Sports (MoESTS).

Officials said the course, taught by the Madrasa Early Childhood Development Institute (MECDI), sought to improve the skills, knowledge and opportunities of caregivers who were previously non-formally qualified and lacked some key training as prescribed by the MoESTS.

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The proficiency course was funded by AKF in Canada with co-funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The event took place at the Arua Core Primary Teachers College located in Arua, West Nile, and was attended by over 200 guests.

The ceremony held on Monday attracted local and national leaders, including the Commissioner for Teacher, Instructor Education and Training Department in Uganda, Mrs Margaret Nsereko, and the Deputy Regional District Commissioner (DRDC) of Arua, Mr Toko Shuaib.

Mrs Nsereko reiterated the importance of training teachers, urging the graduates to meticulously apply their new-found knowledge and skills for the betterment of their pupils.

She said, “The proficiency course you undertook is essential and important because you have acquired information and ideas on the appropriate content to include in the learning resources. I am confident that all of you who are receiving certificates today will use the knowledge received to improve the holistic development of children.”

Mr Shuaib urged the teachers to become role models and use their qualifications to benefit their respective communities.

Ms Asianzo Cinderella, a graduate, spoke about her learning experience, outlining one of the core issues with ECD in Uganda, which is privately-run and staffed by poorly trained teachers: “I used to teach without learning materials… Children could not even identify the colours. They were sitting on desks as they took their exams. Can you imagine a child of three years on a desk?”

Through the course, she learned that under-five children needed a different more interactive approach.

Mrs Gladys Abuko, the Principal of Arua Core Primary Teachers College, commended MECPU and AKF for their hard work and dedication to improve education in the West Nile.

“We are reaping the fruits of the many days you have spent working here. We are very grateful,” she said of AKF, adding, “The goal of the child-centred approach is to empower people. MECPU goes all the way to achieve this.”

The MECPU Director, Mr Shafique Ssekalala, announced that another batch of 74 caregivers undertaking a two-year programme would be certified by the end of the year.

Dr Hasib Takuba, the chairman of the Board of Governors for the MECDI, thanked the governments of Uganda and Canada for their partnership with AKF and MECPU.

Through the certification of caregivers, AKF and MECPU aim to work with and through the government of Uganda to raise ECD standards in the country.
Uganda Cranes defender Ivan Bukenya and winger Sula Matovu have been drafted in the 26-man official squad to represent South African giants Kaizer Chiefs in the preliminary rounds of the Caf Champions League.

Chiefs begin their campaign this weekend on Sunday, ampoule February 14 away to Volcan de Moroni at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli, Comoros. The second leg will be hosted at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, February 27.

The inclussions will serve as a boost to the two compatriots who have found playtime hard to come by at the coach Steve Komphela’s side in the recent. Bukenya only managed a substitute  appearance over the weekend in the team’s 3-2 win against Maritzburg United on Saturday.

Sula Matovu couldnt make to the team altogether.

The two have been registered to use shirt numbers 29 and 30 respectively. The club reserved four shirts for further inclusions incase they reach group stages.

Kaizer Chiefs Caf CL squad.
Reyaad Pieterse (1), Brilliant Khuzwayo (16), Itumeleng Khune (12), Siboniso Gaxa (2), Erick Mathoho (3), Daniel Cardoso (4), Siyanda Xulu (5), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (6), Willard Katsande (8), Camaldine Abraw (9), George Maluleka (11), Lucky Baloyi (13), Siphiwe Tshabalala (14), George Lebese (17), Kgotso Moleko (18), Bongani Ndulula (19), Siphelele Mthembu (20), Morgan Gould (21), Edward Manqele (22), Keegan Ritchie (23), Tsepo Masilela (24), Bernard Parker (25), Lorenzo Gordinho (26), Hendrick Ekstein (27), Sula Matovu (28), Ivan Bukenya (30).


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