UMU Students Sensitization Seminar (TESCEA)
The project team of TESCEA at Uganda Martyrs University organized a student learning and sensitization seminar on the 6th of February 2019. The intention of the seminar was to engage the students and create more awareness about the TESCEA project. The participants included all undergraduate students at the University as well as members of Management, Deans and academic staff members.
In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri, was grateful for the move to sensitize students and staff about the TESCEA Project. He noted the stiff competition for the limited number of jobs on the market that require self-discovery on what one can contribute to society with their education. He challenged both students and staff to convert and embrace the change brought by the project and reawaken their thinking capacity, about the possibilities and innovations they can come up with to improve livelihoods.
Prof. Max Ngabirano, the UMU Lead took the participants through the TESCEA Philosophy. Also, the feedback on learning and teaching from the survey on students of BAM, Science, and Education at UMU was shared with the students and staff, whose reaction showed affirmation of the issues which arose.
The Guest Speaker, Ms. Catherine Bekunda, a Senior Information Officer from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, emphasized the change
of attitude as the window to view the world. She observed that attitude can be positive, negative or mediocre. A positive attitude is a person’s passport to a better tomorrow. Thus, students must stop being victims and become heroes or victorious. They should not wait for government or anyone else to help them. They should be their own leader to lead, show the way, find solutions, have self-control and be emotionally intelligent. Change attitude, set bigger goals and start something. Interact with those already in the market.
A vote of thanks was given by the student Secretary of Education and showed readiness of students to embrace the transformative learning and appreciated the engagement with the guest speaker as value addition to the students.