Youth reaping from social media

CALEB BAMWESIGA After Alex Talemwa’s internship at The Standard of Uganda Christian University ended in 2015, he needed to find another job. However, since job opportunities in Uganda are scarce, Talemwa had to prove his worth before the potential employers in the media industry. Despite the fact that he was already good at writing, editing and taking pictures not many people outside knew his abilities except his colleagues at The Standard who would not employ him anyway. What Talemwa did was to hit FaceBook to market his abilities. “I was…

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When students sacrifice lecturers

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Any academic journey through any higher institution of learning leaves a lot to desire. Apart from learning experiences encountered in life’s changing moments, one of the key dilemmas faced is when a lecturer wants students to do something and yet the very students want something else! Communication barriers in the lecture room certainly make it difficult for students to get the most out of their education. Many times, lecturers or tutors fail to create engaging sessions that would aid them connect with their students on a one-to-one…

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Victory over myself

Genesis 39.1-23 Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi We live in an age of licence. The world is on a rampage to abolish all self-restraint and glorify hedonism. We excuse our base passions saying, “It is the way I am.” It is inconceivable that a person who will not control his own passions should be entrusted with managing other people. As Paulo Coelho said, “If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world.” And Stephen Covey adds, “The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the…

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‘Wokos’ adds degree to his trophy cabinet

I arrived at the university which was buzzing with activity as excited graduands prepared to reap the fruit of their labour at the July 5 graduation event. The well-mowed football pitch had lost its identity as floods of people, organised symmetrically in lines, sat in the tents which were white enough to deflect the sun and wide enough to protect from rain. Somewhere inside one of the dozens of tents sat Phillip Wokorach himself, the champion, as The Standard’s Benezeri Wanjala writes.

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Parents’ sincerity vital for children

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Uganda has indeed progressed in embracing universal education. It is interesting that the school-going children have also done tremendous work somehow enabling illiterate parents to grasp a few English words for communication. In some homes, even lower primary school pupils have been used as references for interpretation. This academic wave has also come with new dynamics that need serious attention. For example, in many pre-primary and primary schools, non-boarding pupils are in most cases subjected to daily homework. The assumption of such schools is that parents, guardians…

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Jesus’ lonely road to Calvary

Mark 15.6–47; Isaiah 53.3 It is difficult to imagine one hardship in our common life that Jesus did not suffer! Yet, I think that the most gruelling pain He endured was the all-round rejection, especially during His passion. And we do not think much of it. It is during times of trial that we most need the precious gift of friendship. Isaiah foretold Jesus’ loneliness to the cross of Calvary, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom…

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The blessing of saving for your prosperity

Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye is a lecturer at the faculty of business and management in Uganda Christian University and a co-founder of Windel Investment. Through the inspiration of her mother, she developed love for saving when she was a student at the university which has benefitted her family in many ways. The Standard’s Eva Kyomugisha talked to her about this love. “I learnt to save from my mother,” says Comfort Mpiriirwe Tumuhamye. In 2004, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Logistics Management at Kyambogo University, Mpiriirwe decided to start…

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Don’t turn universities into graveyard, students told

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Students intending to join universities and those continuing have been advised to prioritise education and desist from turning institutions of higher learning into academic graveyards. The advice was given by the Country Director of Compassion Uganda, Lenny Mugisha, during the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Pre-Campus Camp 2019 held at the main campus in Mukono in April. Mugisha noted that the university can either be a vineyard or a graveyard and that the power to make a choice between the two is in the students’ hands.  He also…

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