Government recognises the importance of Ndejje University and its affiliate institutions in molding Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers to build the foundation of the country’s education system.
Dr. Jane Egau, Commissioner at the Ministry of Education and Sports made the remarks while officiating at the university’s 19th graduation of 200 students who successfully completed a one year Certificate course in Child Care, two-year certificate in Early Childhood Development, Advanced Certificate in Business Administration and Management and a Diploma in Early Childhood Development.
Ndejje University’s Vice Chancellor, Pro. Eriabu Lugujjo however presided over the conferment of certificates and diploma at the ceremony that took place at Kampala Campus on September 29, 2017.
Fifteen students (all women) attained Class One Distinctions –Anabo Harriet, Kirabo Theodora, Kyomugasho Grace, NalubegaRobinah, Nayiga Diana (Advanced Certificate in Business Administration), Nabbanja Alice, Nabbosa Immacuate, Naubega Sarah, Nalule Winnie, Nalwoga Grace, Namanda Dinah, Nanyonjo Jackline, Nyandooyi Solome and Umutesi Aisha (Certificate in Early Childhood Education)and Nabaasa Loyce(Certificate in Child Care)
The women students accounted for 73.7% of the total number of graduands for the 2016/17 Academic Year, according to the graduation statistics.
Commissioner Egau said the ECD Teachers were the country’s insurance for the future while graduands of Business Administration in driving development and ensuring better management of businesses and resources.
She however noted the inadequate number of specialised teachers for ECD in the country and warned providers against exposing children to chance by employing untrained caregivers and other personnel.
“This is a critical stage in the wellbeing of a child. This country is relying on you to make a difference in the way you care for children and therefore face enormous challenge to build the foundation of Uganda’s future.
“There is a positive link between early childhood learning and future holistic development of a child and there is no education system better than the quality of its teachers and therefore no ECD will be better than the quality of teachers,” she told the graduands.
Egau applauded Ndejje University and its affiliates for the enormous contribution to build up a critical mass of qualified professionals to sustain the country’s development in the field of ECD, Library and information science and business administration.
“ The courses you offer target skilling Uganda and absorption of the enormous potential of the country’s youth to engage in gainful employment, contribution to the country’s development and stability,” the Commissioner said.
The vice Chancellor Prof.Lugujjo hailed the affiliate institutions for the bumper harvest in capturing young people for skills building for their future livelihoods and notable great improvement in the institutional management, quality and management of exams as well as quality of students and performance.
“Ndejje University’s core business since 1995 is capacity building and offer of quality tailor made courses which bring in the world of work competent people and always highly demanded in the job market.
“Our affiliation programme is also building competence of the affiliated institutions to become sustainable centres of excellence, institutionally, administration-wise, academically, socially and economically. We build talent, innovativeness of each other in lecturers, managers and students to manage and serve the nation and beyond,” The Vice Chancellor said.
The Academic Registrar, Dr. Mary Wanda in her welcome address to the congregation noted the need for the public to consider and pay critical attention to the nature and quality of the qualifications Ugandan universities offer.
The Registrar observed the changing economic environment and the challenges in the higher education in the country which called for change in the education sector’s ways and attitude to academic delivery.
She said gone were the days when every degree mattered and graduates were the talk of every corner in the country.