BY STAFF WRITER
The second annual Pre- Campus Summer Camp 2017 has hit the target number of participants, with 337 students turning up for the event that took place at Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus from May 4 to 7.
The inaugural 2016 camp attracted around 150 students. However, this year the number doubled.
The programme engages Senior Six vacation students and they are coached about academics, career, relationships, university systems, and decision- making, preparing them for university and the next chapter of their lives.
This year’s camp was held under the theme “Higher Education: A choice to make.” Key speakers of the occasion were Pastor Mark Kigozi of Real Life Church Kampala, Drs John and Ruth Senyonyi, Mr Kenneth Kimuli (aka Pablo the comedian), Dr Martin Kalibbala, and Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, among others.
The four-day event covered topics such abstinence at campus, dealing with new found independence, living at campus, drug and substance abuse among youth, career guidance, discovering of talents, and dealing with peer pressure.
These lectures were held back to back with other activities like devotion,
talent night, and date night. Michael Mubangizi, the UCU Communications and Marketing manager, attributed the success of the camp to the several organizations that brought
in sponsored students. “There were several students coming from all around Uganda, but the ones sponsored by organizations made up the highest number of participants, compared to individual students,”
Some of the companies
that took part in the event included BRAC Uganda, Compassion Uganda, Luteete Child Development Centre in Luweero, Sironko Child Development Centre, St
Peter’s Naguru Child Development Centre, Kampala Ug 900 Koch Awinga CDC in Nebbi, Agape Child Development Centre in Kampala, and Mutatsi Child Development Centre, Mbale.
“From the survey we carried out among the participants, the students really enjoyed it. As we plan for the next summer camp, we intend to capture more individual participants as well so that we can increase our numbers even further,” Mubangizi added.
From the same survey that the Public Relations office carried out among the participants about the camp, the results showed that the students enjoyed the date night and Pablo’s segment.