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Education Elders Consultative meeting on Program Development for the Alfred James Kisubi Memorial Integrated Education Center Ome, Amuru district, Northern Uganda.
Plot 6 Mackenzie Vale Kololo, February 14, 2012 Meeting was convened and Chaired by Prof. Asavia Wandira at 11:00 a.m.
Present: Prof. Asavia Wandira (Prof), Mr. Arthur Bagunywa (Arthur), Mzee Ernest Sempebwa (Ernest), Secretary: Mrs. Robina Shonubi (Robina).
Total Estimated cost: 15.8 million US dollars
In his communication Prof Wandira called on a word of prayer from Ernest, then proceeded as follows;
Prof. said the purpose of the meeting was to develop a detailed framework on which the Education Center would run professionally and administratively.
He asked questions such as;
What programs would be designed;
Who would develop them;
Would these programs fit the proposed architecture;
and can a leader be recruited before actual construction begins to ensure walls are in the right place?
Programs should fit the buildings.
Who would administer the Center?
What sort of structures, management, relationship with the public, employer’s, fees and salaries?
This is what the meeting was seeking to put into a framework.
The people hired should have competencies to address the training needs of drop outs, the discontinued and those who have never been to school by virtue of their age of deprivation.
We would need people who can implement a system that will ask for more than just numeracy and literacy.
We now needed to get into the specifics and details of the actual programs offered, and the governance structure.
Ernest said “We the need to emphasize use of the word CONCURRENTLY so that there is the Academic and the Hobbies.”
Make sure the programs do not make them jack of all trades and master of none!
We need to give them exposure to be able to identify their talents.
Arthur agreed that this exposure can be got from the broad field of study such as environmental science rather than splitting them into physics and biology for instance, or humanities or social sciences which is another broad field. They can then make an informed decision on what to specialize in later.
Arthur said “We shall civilize the heart as well for values. We want a wholesome approach for the whole individual. The physical aspect through sports.” He noted that the Age of starting some subjects can determine a higher level of accomplishment. Arthur brought in the aspect of Ability and Aptitude that can be used to detect what the areas of interest are and marry them with what is possible or available.
Prof. said that the system must enable all students to be able to have a choice to have a go or try P.L.E. Primary leaving, “O” level and “A” level with students who had joined directly for the UNEB system.
Arthur said knowledge will be packaged in the respective ways required. The idea is to see what that knowledge is meant to achieve. The Objective will govern the Content; Content will govern the Methodology and Methodology will govern the Assessment.
Robina shared the information she had got from a research trip to Masaka Secondary School January 22, 2012 with Mrs. Sarah Ntale. They use several skill based initiatives and other methods to make the learning experience more interesting for less absenteeism, and to develop practical skills for life ahead. The meeting was with the Director of Studies (now Deputy Headmaster) Mr. Ahmed Tamale.
Prof said we need to establish how long this exposure should be; is it e.g. Agriculture one year or two terms, same with communication skills and energy skills. An educational guidance system. Regular consultation with students.
The modules as opposed to the curriculum would therefore go up to various levels. Some would be applied modules others, more theoretical. A lot of consultation with each student would be necessary at various stages.
The detailed work on the modules will require head hunting of people who will show interest in working with us.
Arthur said that these people will have a variety of expertise and will be trained in skills. The key is to include regularity in all the modules. Practice regularly.
Arthur was charged to formulate a group that will do the above and also define the new teacher groups who will be taken through orientation to develop the attitude and skills we require to implement the system described above that we want in Ome.
GOVERNANCE and action points:
Ernest said if you know what is going to be run then find who will run it. That is how the structure will develop. Consult on who we are talking about, how much time and at what price.
He will draft a paper on the Governance structure of the Education center.
Arthur will develop the Program manual that requires funding so he will make a budget and give the details in each module (that have deliberately been omitted from this report).
Members agreed that the current translation of the message preached on July 8th into Luganda be released with English as one, and then the usual more affordable newsprint version with each language seperate, also be made available. Ernest Sempebwa is the Luganda translator. He called it a very important sermon that would require his full attention at translation.
Praise the Lord.
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