West Nile: 71 Receive Early Childhood Dev’t Skills

The proficiency course was funded by AKF in Canada with co-funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

Police has started investigating circumstances under which a one Silvia Kyokunzira, pill a resident of Kigando in Kabale district was murdered.

Kyokunzira went missing from her home for six days and on Sunday 7th February, view her body was found floating in a swamp.

Police retrieved the body and has so far arrested 2 people in an effort to get the murderer, hospital as Elly Mate the police region spokesman says.

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Meanwhile police in Masaka has commenced the hunt of Daniel Habasa,24, who on Sunday 7th February hacked to death his father.

The deceased was identified as Phillip Matenego a resident of Kalungu in Masaka district. The two reportedly picked a fight after the son accused his father of poaching on his wife.

During the scuffle, Habasa got hold of an axe and hacked the old man to death. Inquiries to trace Habasa are ongoing at Masaka police station.
The Government of Japan has extended the mandate of its Self-Defense force, sildenafil serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan peace operations until October 2016.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the peace keeping mission has been extended for another eight months.

The Foreign Ministry says “the Government of Japan recognizes that the peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa, and that the international community needs to work cooperatively on this issue.”

Japan dispatched the Self Defense Force engineering unit to UNMISS in November 2011 and January 2012 respectively.

The current mission expires at the end of this month.

Japanese troops have been in South Sudan since 2012 to help in engineering work and infrastructure development.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 after the long civil war between the north and the South Sudan.

But after four and a half years of independence, the country is currently battling domestic political disorder that started in December 2015.

On 15 December 2015, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2252, which extended the mandate of UNMISS until 31 July 2016.
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, store Science, approved 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.

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.


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