Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018


Students pose for a group photo after the mentoring workshop

In February 2017, Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWEU) with support from Irish Aid organized a higher education students’ mentoring workshop at Kati Kati Restaurant in Kampala, for the university students supported under the Karamoja Irish Aid Bursary Project.

The mentoring workshop targeted one hundred and three, year one to year three university students from; Makerere University, Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Busitema University, Kyambogo University, Makerere University Business School, Uganda Martys’ University Nkozi, Uganda Christian University and MUNI University.
The mentoring workshop aimed at equipping students with skills and enable them to learn and inspire one another.
Addressing students during the workshop, Ms. Olive Lomuko, a FAWEU alumni working with Ecological Christian Organization as Project Coordinator shared her personal story, in order to motivate and inspire students. She further shared tips on; setting realistic and attainable goals, finishing one project at a time, having strategies and plans, sticking to set plans or strategies and a timetable, being assertive, evaluating oneself and celebrating ones achievements.

She added that these techniques had been instrumental towards her attaining the Master’s degree in Sustainable Peace and Conflict Management at Uganda Martys’ University Nkozi. She saidthat during her Master’s Program she had participated in the CAUX Scholars Program - Initiatives of Change in Washington DC (USA) and India.

Students were equipped with knowledge on transition from university to the world of work by Mr. Nicholas Ogolla, who urged students to value internship as an excellent avenue to gain workplace skills. He advised participants to look out for non-formal rather than formal jobs due to high rate of unemployment which is 83% and gave examples of people who have non formal jobs such as; Anne Kansiime (comedian) and Eng. Patrick Idringi popularly known as “Salvador” who left his job at MTN for comedy. Additionally, Mr. Ogolla took the students through how to write a good application and curriculum vitae (CV) as well as tips on a successful interview, which included do and don’ts for men and women during a job interview.

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