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Education Concepts Takes Career Guidance To Western Uganda

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Moments after graduation, when the tents are finally brought down and graduates are done partying, a lot of them are held in a quandary.

They wonder what they studied, why they studied it and how exactly it is going to help them in life. When you take a closer look, these are questions that one should ask as early as Senior One, yet a lot of Ugandans just go through school for mere ritualism and do courses at University, not because they are in line with their passion and desired career paths, but simply because it’s what their points could earn them.

It is against this backdrop that Education Concepts Limited organised The First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair on Saturday, 11th of March 2017 at Ntare School in Mbarara. Under the theme “Shaping Career Decisions in the Context of Uganda’s Competitive Job Market”, The First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair was attended by students from a spectrum of schools across the region.

One of the keynote speakers addresses guests at the First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair on Saturday.

Mrs. Amanda Ngabirano, one of the keynote speakers, addresses guests at the First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair on Saturday.

The Fair kicked off with a Keynote Address from Mrs. Amanda Ngabirano, a Public Speaker, Makerere University Lecturer, Move Mobility National Representative and World Cycling Alliance African Representative, who set the pace for the day. Given that Amanda has previously spoken at the World Bank in Washington and in several major capitals of the world, students were eagerly waiting to hear from her and she didn’tdisappoint.

She was immediately followed by Mbarara University’s Solomon Agum, who gave a talk on choosing the right subject combinations and how that is primarily a crucial step in shaping one’s desired career path. Truthfully, a lot of students do combinations simply because they sound romantic or because they are perceived as being easy. Some stay away from certain combinations simply because they are not associated with hot girls and cool dudes, yet subject combinations are more important than just the stereotype perceptions attached to them.

It was then time for fun as schools entered a poetry, music and dance contest. Each school flaunted their best and winners were decided by mass appeal. This was much fun that it almost became impossible for the organisers to convince the students to go for lunch. You can trust students when it comes to having fun. They really never disappoint.

The afternoon session was kicked off by The Chwezi Code author Nicklison Twinamatsiko, who delivered a talk on the role of communication skills in career advancement.

Nicklison is an Engineer, Kyambogo University Lecturer and a regular contributor of articles to National newspapers and journals. His topic came in handy, given that a lot of graduates out there can barely communicate.

That was later to be followed by a practical session from Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) accredited institutions, which shared business and technical skills.

To the amusement of participating students, this team even made candles on location, using locally available inputs, clearly showing the students that they actually can start small businesses of their own.

Students from different schools in Western Uganda attended the First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair

Students from different schools in Western Uganda attended the First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair

The First Western Uganda Career Guidance Fair then went into its final part dubbed “the round-table session” that involved dividing students into smaller groups and giving each group a facilitator from among the speakers and UBTEB team. These sessions were so intense that students practically didn’t want to leave.

In all, it can be said that such fairs are so much of necessity because it was clear that so many students were in the dark in as far as shaping career decisions is concerned.

Education Concepts is an Education Consultancy that creates unique practical concepts aimed at guiding teachers and students at all levels of the education system.

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800 couples in mass wedding on Valentine’s Day

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Mass Wedding at Christian Life Church on Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated as a day for love and romance. And each year on February 14th, many people exchange gifts and flowers with their special loved ones. However, this year, it was more than just exchanging gifts and flowers at Christian Life Church in Bwaise as couples made vows to love each other till death do them apart.

This was during a mass wedding presided over by Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga where 800 couples exchanged their vows and officially entered into a covenant of holy matrimony.

The colourful ceremony kicked off early in the morning and the church premises were already a beehive of activity  by 9 am as the brides and grooms gleefully prepared for their big day. The joy for the newly weds-to-be was palpable all through out the preparation — from salon services, to dressing up and then the bridal procession.

Grooms, in their dark suits, welcomed their brides who were draped in white gowns and together they ambled into the waiting area amid loud cheers and ululation from friends and relatives who had come to bear witness to their union. Pastor Ssenyonga officially kicked off the ceremony in the scorching sun where the couples patiently waited in the shade of their umbrellas. It was a brief session after which he then led them into the church where they exchanged vows.

Mass Wedding at Christian Life Church on Valentine's Day

The mass wedding was sponsored by Movit who provided free salon services and bridal cars for the 800 couples.

“We have provided free salon services to all the couples who were wedded today and also the bridal cars that transported them to the function.” John Tumwesigye, the Movit Events and Promotion manager noted.

“We are very happy to be part of this function because we believe that together we can go further and this is also part of our corporate social responsibility. We pledge to continue such support to our customers and the communities at large.” He added.

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Singles for special Valentine’s Day treat at Pearl of Africa hotel

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Valentine’s Day is upon us! Celebrated annually on 14th February, the day evokes thoughts of romance for couples as they flaunt love for each other through romantic dinners and exchanging gifts.

With love in the air, the day generally brings a downcast feeling for singles. However, as couples rekindle their romance and create more memorable moments with their loved ones this year, Pearl of Africa hotel does not want the singles to feel left out.

The hotel is organising a special Valentine’s Day treat for the singles. Dubbed “Singles Mix and Mingle” party, it will be highlighted by a special performance from a surprise act and a blind date with lucky individuals hooking up.

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“We wanted everyone to be part of the lovers’ holiday,” Brian Jjuko, Head of Sales and Marketing at Pearl of Africa Hotel explained. “That is why we are giving singles a chance to be part of the valentines celebration this year. The event is free of charge and will take place at our Sunset sports bar.”

Meanwhile, the hotel is also organising an exquisite dinner for couples. Boasting of over two swimming pools, an advanced gym & spa with a panoramic view of the city form its elevated position on Nakasero Hill, the hotel offers a perfect setting for a romantic evening.

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NSSF to raise shs400m for Kampala public Schools in the 2018 Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run

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KAMPALA February 12, 2018:- The National Social Security Fund (NSSF), together with Kampala Capital City Authority and Kampala Hash House Harriers, have today launched the 2018 Edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Seven Hills Run aimed at raising shs400 Million for the renovation of selected public schools in Kampala.

The run will be held on March 25, 2018 starting at Pearl Africa Primary School, Nsambya. It will cover a distance of 21km, traversing the historical seven hills of Kampala – Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya.

Addressing media at the launch of the run at Mbuya Primary school, NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba said that this year’s proceeds from the run will go towards the renovation of selected public schools that include Mbuya Primary school and St Paul primary school Nsambya.

“We are proud to have raised more than shs190m in the previous runs, supporting 4 schools namely Nakivubo Settlement Primary school, St. Ponsiano primary school, Makerere University Primary school and Summit View Primary school. This year, we have challenged ourselves to raise more than double that amount for more schools to benefit from this cause. I therefore call upon corporate companies doing business in Kampala to join this cause to improve the learning conditions of the children in public schools in Kampala,” Byarugaba, said.

Kampala Capital City Authority has 79 Government grant aided primary schools with a total enrollment of close to 70,000 with an allocation of about shs500m per year. Due to the inadequate funding, most of the schools have dilapidated facilities and require refurbishment, amongst other challenges.

The KCCA Ag. Deputy Executive Director, Juliet Namuddu, said, “We plan to continue to improve the functionality of the schools’ infrastructure through renovation of existing facilities as well as construction of new facilities. It is through such partnerships with organizations like NSSF that we will achieve this”

The Kampala Hash House Harriers Master, Steven Luswata said that this year’s run will be bigger and better compared to the previous ones.

“We expect about 2000 runners to participate this year. The 7 seven hills challenge is no mean feat – I therefore advise participants to start preparing now by running three to five times a week so that their bodies can adjust gradually to the long hilly run on the d-day.”

Over 8 companies are already on board including Vision group, Monitor Publications, Pinnacle Security, Housing Finance Bank, Cementers limited, Galaxy fm, Bank of Uganda and Mukwano Industries.

NSSF has in the past years engaged in a number of social responsible projects like the recent countrywide blood donation drive which collected over 5000 units from staff, members of the Fund and the general public.

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