This book is a convergence of our two ‘projects’ that initially appeared unrelated: Ben’s masters research which was carried out under the research of the Department of Governance and Peace Studies on the theme “Whose Community: Memory, Conflict and Tradition” and picking on follow-up themes of Margaret’s PhD work on social reintegration of formerly abducted children in northern Uganda. Eventually finding common ground on memory, reconciliation/forgiveness and peacebuilding, we are glad to place this book in your hands. The book can be used not only to understand some of the sticking issues around memory, reconciliation and peacebuilding in the specific aftermath of the two-decade conflict in northern Uganda but also to conceptually understand memory and reconciliation as can be applied or used elsewhere.
About the authors
Bendicto Kabiito is a Lecturer at the Department of Governance and Peace Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Uganda Martyrs University. He holds a Bachelor of Philosophy (Pontifical Urbaniana University) and an MA in Sustainable Peace and Conflict Management (Uganda Martyrs University). Currently, he is undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management at Dresden University of Technology and is a PhD candidate at the University for Peace, Costa Rica. His research interests include; Post-conflict social and environmental rehabilitation, natural resource management, home-grown alternatives of climate protection, flora conservation, carbon trading, and the political economy of climate protection.
Margaret Angucia is an Associate Professor at the Department of Governance and Peace Studies at Uganda Martyrs University. She received her PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands based on her book Broken Citizenship: Formerly Abducted Children and their Social Reintegration in Northern Uganda. The author of a number of children and war-related journal articles and book reviews, her current research interests include (post)conflict youth and political participation; (post)conflict youth, justice and peace; and social protection for vulnerable groups. She is a former Director of the School of Postgraduate Studies at Uganda Martyrs University and was instrumental in the initiation of peace studies at the same university.
One of the perennial questions in all former colonies is that of how to break the chains in which they are still entangled in various ways long after official ‘independence’. Subsequent developments, such as globalisation, continue to make the situation even more complex. Marks of colonial chains are boldly imprinted in many Africans’ psyches and relayed in practice in ways quite often contradictory to the continent’s development demands. This book is an effort by Ugandan scholars at making sense of the intricate challenges of the African postcolonial situation. It tackles a wide range of areas, including education, research, gender, migration, cultural identity, and the environment. The overarching theme that binds together the different chapters is how to theoretically understand the dynamics behind Africa’s colonial history and postcolonial performance/identities in the wake of globalisation. The theoretical analysis is then used to draw out ideas on how Africa can move forward on a self-decolonisation path to meaningful development.
About the editor
Jimmy Spire Ssentongo (PhD) is a senior lecturer and Associate Dean in charge of Research and Publication at the School of Postgraduate Studies at Uganda Martyrs University (UMU). He is also the founding Chair of the university’s Center for African Studies (CAS) and as well teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Makerere University. At UMU, he is editor of CAS’ monograph series Mtafiti Mwafrika (African Researcher). Ssentongo is as also a columnist and editorial cartoonist with The Observer newspaper in Uganda.
This book focuses on the role language plays in the education of girls in Uganda’s primary education. It provides a historical and theoretical background to genders socialization education and language. It further discusses the theories and policies of Language and gender in education
The study brings to light the impact of language use on the girls’ life in school. It shows that the nature of language and how it is used can be a roadblock to girls’ attainment of education. This is because a language has symbolic power which influences interaction. Evidence from the girls and other stakeholders show how girls have dropped out of school as a result of the way language is used at school and its surroundings. The author recommends a supportive environment for girls’ education while paying special attention to the language policy in Uganda’s education system, a review of the study materials (especially those that are pictorial) used in children’s academic textbooks to portray gender balance, and training teachers in communication skills as a measure to retain girls in school.
About the author
Speranza Namusisi (Ihmr) holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Innsbruck. Her area of specialization is Language in Education and she has done research, taught and published in the field of Language, Communication, Gender, and Education. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. At the moment she is Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs at Uganda Martyrs University.
The overarching goal of this book is to increase our understanding of how marriage impacts the fight against women’s inequality and HIV/AIDS, and how the HIV/AIDS and gender equality discourse is taken up by married teachers in Uganda. Teachers act as role models and spearhead the HIV/AIDS and gender equality campaigns in schools and therefore their positioning impacts how they convey the content to young people. The assumption is that the current HIV/AIDS infection trends and subsequent reports on women’s vulnerability within the marriage have a direct impact on the education of young people on these issues. This book explores the teachers’ lived experiences touching on issues of their conceptions of gender equality, domestic violence, and the applicability of HIV/AIDS and gender equality knowledge in real life situations like marriage. Scholars and educators will find this book full of rich narratives on teachers, their lives, and practice.
About the author
Harriet Mutonyi (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Uganda Martyrs University. She has published widely on HIV/AIDS, multimodality and literacy studies.
Motivation cannot be avoided or ignored at any level and in whatever context. Managers use motivation in the workplace to inspire people to work, both individually and in groups, to produce the best results for business in the most efficient and effective manner. It was once assumed that motivation had to be generated from the outside, but it is now understood that each individual has his / her own set of motivating forces. Realistically though it is acknowledged that motivating workers is enigmatic.
This book does not provide specific answers given the complexity and multi-dimensional nature of motivation. Instead, it provides performance guidelines and highlights controversial areas to trigger an innovative approach toward managing motivational issues. The broad challenges discussed include failure to understand and identify relevant motivational theories and variables to use; wrong motivation assumptions held by management; failure to balance motivational variables; linkage with other organisation factors; and the effect of chronic diseases on the approach to motivation, motivation strategies used by selected organisations and a ten-point motivation toolkit.
The book blends empirical data collected from twenty-four (24) randomly selected organisations and views of 396 respondents with theories. This blend acts as a basis for advancing a balanced argument on the motivational dilemma and the possible options of handling it in form of a motivational rhombus and toolkit.
About the author
Maurice Mukokoma (PhD) is a Strouven award winner with a personal philosophy of inspiring people to excel. She is a professional accountant, consultant, researcher, trainer and manager with over fifteen years’ experience. She blends, in a very innovative way, management accounting and audit for both private and public organisations.
This tribute brings together memories and lessons from the life of Dr Kisekka, the departed Deputy Vice Chancellor – Finance and Administration of Uganda Martyrs University, themed around i) his own words – as he told his life journey and the eventual battle with sickness; ii) Kisekka the Priest; iii) Kisekka the Philosopher; iv) Kisekka the Administrator; and v) Kisekka the Teacher. There is much overlap between these various aspects of his life, which also partly helps us appreciate how the whole came to be.
Most of the tribute messages are from UMU staff. But, whereas it is a tribute book, there is a lot to (un)learn for us still on this earthly journey.