Employability session for university students and clean-up day for slum community

Organised by the Uganda Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association (UGCSFAA)

Two panellists prepare to discuss employability in Uganda

Panellists prepare to discuss employability in Uganda

UGCSFAA organised two activities to promote the Commonwealth theme. The activities included a panel discussion on employability targeting university students at Makerere University and a clean-up activity in Kiwuunya Slum engaging residents.

The panel discussion provided Commonwealth Alumni the opportunity to share their experiences and strategies with students on how to prepare themselves to seek employment following their studies and develop their career plans. The day started with a welcome from UCSFAA Chairperson, Arthur B. Niwagaba (2012 Commonwealth Scholar, MSc Computer Forensics and System Security, University of Greenwich).

Panellists included:

  • Dr Hamis Mugendawala, Senior Education Planner, National Planning Authority
  • Alice Namuli Blazevic, Partner, Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates (2014 Professional Fellow, Hogan Lovells LLP)
  • Newton Buteraba, Motivational Speaker, House of Wealth in Uganda
  • Moderator: Rawlance Ndejjo (2014 Shared Scholar, MSc Environmental Health, University of the West of England)
A panellist stands to deliver her presentation to the audience

A panellist delivers her presentation to the audience

Panellists discussed the current state of employment and what is being done to bridge unemployment gaps. Alumnus Alice Namuli Blazevic shared her experiences with students about her journey to the top while emphasizing what they need to do at every step as they plan for life after school. She also shared key tips about what potential employers would be interested in and how students can start small and grow what they are interested in. The final speaker, Newton Buteraba, inspired students with thoughts on start-ups, making it without employment, and standing out in everything they set out to do. A Q&A session followed.

After the panel discussion alumni delivered a presentation on Commonwealth Scholarships and shared their various experiences.  The Guest of Honour for the day was the Ugandan Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, who gave the closing remarks. She informed the students that she was the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Ministers and was very pleased to be part of the celebrations in Uganda. She shared experiences about her journey from when she was a student and how she has been a leader throughout. She encouraged students to volunteer, rebrand themselves and be disciplined if they are to stand out in the next phase. She thanked the organisers of the event and the British Council for keeping the Commonwealth spirit.

A group photos of panellists and event organisers

Panellists and event organisers

To further celebrate connectedness, UCSFAA organised a clean-up activity in Nankulabye Zone 9 (Kiwuunya slum) which brought together several alumni, community members and local leaders. They participated in activities including sweeping, cleaning, collecting garbage and desilting drainage channels. To successfully execute this activity, UCSFAA worked with the Makerere University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA), the Kampala Capital City Authority, the Integrated Community Health Initiative Uganda, Radio Sapientia and Our Lady of Fatima Secondary School in Nakulabye.

Photos from the event are available on CSC Flickr

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