Kayla Namulondo

Kayla Namulondo

Schools Must Concentrate On Comprehensive Physical Development Of Children

Parents, school administrators and children have to work together for the comprehensive physical development of children, educationists say. In building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline play key roles in achieving this goal.

“As children grow, at Kampala Parents’ School, we emphasize three important domains, these are: Affective, Cognitive and Psycho-social stage. Affective deals with spiritual emotions. Cognitive is to do with mental process including how people think, perceive, remember and learn. Psycho-social stage is all about developing muscles. Learning is developed by physical skills such as movement, coordination and manipulation.

“In order for the mentioned domains to be realized, the triangular working relationship has to be focused. The parents, the staff and children have to work together to achieve the required goals. Furthermore, in building a wholesome all around child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline. We believe that discipline is the key to success. We train our children to observe all of them.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that learning through play works because children are more likely to remember lessons if they enjoy them, and they are more likely to show enthusiasm for learning if they have fun at school.

“For example, if children learn about the planets by singing a fun song about them, they will likely remember that song and the information they learned. Ongoing research also shows that playful teachers can increase their students’ long-term academic performance.

Our highly trained teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. Through ongoing communication, parents and teachers can help each child become fully prepared for and excited about kindergarten.

Our approach is grounded in accepted research on how children learn best. Children experience the deepest, most genuine learning through play and fun activities lovingly guided by highly trained teachers.

Kampala Parents’ School is co-led by an education director who work together with teachers to make sure every family has a wonderful experience. This distinctive model also ensures children are known and appreciated for their individual gifts and personalities.

Young children who learn through play are more capable of making their own decisions, advocating for themselves and using creativity to solve problems as they grow. During play, children link old thoughts with new, build new experiences and access knowledge.”

Uganda Registers Weak Performance On NRGI Extractives Governance Index

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) 2017 Resource Governance Index released Wednesday reveals that Uganda performs poorly in controlling corruption, revenue management, implementation of laws and value realization in the oil and gas sector. Uganda achieved its highest index score in providing an enabling environment for investment.

The index also pointed to a gap between the country’s laws and implementation. This gap, the report says, is a result of not publishing environmental impact assessments and mitigation plans, as required by the Petroleum Upstream Act and National Environment Management Act.

Given the remote and environmentally sensitive location of the Ugandan oil blocks, this lack of sharing of information with the general public and local communities has exacerbated concerns about petroleum governance.

The 2017 RGI assesses how 81 resource-rich countries govern their oil, gas and mineral wealth. The index composite score is made up of three components. Two measure key characteristics of the extractives sector – value realization and revenue management – and a third captures the broader context of governance — the enabling environment.

Uganda’s oil and gas sector scores 44 of 100 in the 2017 Resource Governance Index (RGI), placing it 51st among 89 assessments in the index. Uganda scored 42/100 for value realization, 42 /100 for revenue management, 23/100 for control of corruption and 47 /100 enabling environment, a performance described as weak on the scorecard.

The Natural Resource Governance Institute is however upbeat because ‘reforms are under way, aiming to address the poor or failing performance of the oil and gas sector’s licensing regime, state-owned enterprise (SOE) and revenue management, so that Uganda can create better governance conditions before it begins larger scale oil production.’

Uganda established new hydrocarbons laws covering the sector’s upstream in 2013 and covering revenue management in 2015. Beginning in the 2015–2016 fiscal year, Uganda reformed the procedure for granting oil and gas licenses, making it a competitive bidding process, aided by regulations to the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act.

However, the regulations do not include requirements to publicly disclose key license allocation information, such as biddable terms. This, together with a lack of contract disclosure, is reflected in Uganda’s poor score for licensing.

The Uganda National Oil Company was founded in 2013 and officially incorporated in 2015 to manage the state’s participation in petroleum activities, including the marketing of the country’s share of petroleum received in kind from foreign production partners.

The NOC is still in the formative stages and has not yet engaged in many of the activities for which it was established. Financing arrangements are not yet finalized and debate on the most appropriate funding mechanism is ongoing.

Therefore no detailed statute has been published to guide regulation of the company or provide details on the relationship between the government’s oversight and management of the NOC. This is reflected in the NOC’s index ranking of fifth-to-last among 74 SOEs assessed.


These Apartments are changing the face of hospitality industry in Uganda

The real estate and hospitality sub sectors are going through a bumpy time having to deal with the economic shocks facing the country. These two are playing hard to survive by being responsive to the economic demands. Investment is hard to come by.

However the Ruparelia Group under the direction of Sudhir Ruparelia has managed to maneuver and is spearheading what we will call the ‘apartments revolution’. They are not just erecting structures but erecting modern building responding to the fashionable demands of customers.  

In this feature, we have profiled some of the uptown apartments constructed by one of the country’s richest man in the country Sudhir Ruparelia. These apartments are literally transforming the hospitality industry in the country as they are preferred destination for tourists, expats and classy Ugandans.

Speke Apartments

Speke Apartments specializes in self-catering apartments for corporate, leisure and family travellers in Kampala for short or long term lets. It combins a great location with a secure, quiet, clean, serviced apartment accommodation spread out over five floors. It is located at Plot No 19 - 21, Wampewo Avenue, Kololo, Kampala.

Speke Apartments, boosting of two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, is the largest and most luxurious apartments in Uganda.  It has a mix of modern contemporary surroundings and a relaxing, laid back environment ensure that Speke Apartments is the finest choice for both business and pleasure accommodation.

Tagore Apartments

Tagore Apartments are fully serviced apartments in the heart of Kampala offering a home environment that is inviting and comfortable, for short and long term stays at very enjoyable experience.

It’s friendly and secure accommodation suits all guests, whether you are the business traveller that requires a standard apartment, travelling leisurely with your partner and require a luxuriously spacious apartment or have even taken the kids along for the ride and require family accommodation.

All Tagore Apartments guests enjoy complimentary membership for the duration of their stay at the luxurious Kabira Country Club which is a 10 minutes’ drive away. They are located at Mawanda Road in Kampala.

Bukoto Heights

Bukoto Heights apartments are fully furnished luxury apartment in the city of Kampala, offering elegance and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala's northern suburb of Bukoto.

Bukoto Heights apartments is within close proximity of the Central Business District, with convenient access to all parts of the city, and essential social amenities, like shopping centers, prime residential and international diplomatic neighborhoods, international schools and the golf course in the heart of the city.

With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Bukoto Heights apartments combine gracious hospitality with contemporary style. The family run nature of the apartments delivers a truly personal service.

Kitante Apartments

Residing at Kitante Apartments comes with a home-like experience. It is a fully furnished with ample Parking Space and 24hrs guarded security.

If you are looking for a fully furnished apartment or accommodation for you, your family, or on an extended family, Kitante Apartments can meet all your long stay accommodation needs. It is beautiful, well maintained and fully furnished apartments for you at the best rates.

Hardware City

Located on plot 13 Entebbe Road, Hardware city is definitely one of the best buildings in Kampala and boasts of having the following first class amenities.

It is a prominent mixed use building with superb links to Kampala’s main arterial routes with excellent branding potential. It is good for setting up business dealing in construction material.

Kampala Boulevard

Kampala Boulevard is located opposite Posta Uganda on plot 22, 24, 26 along Kampala road. The design maximizes use of space, incorporates state of the art digital technology and creates a highly flexible environment that can easily adapt to meet its changing needs. It features apartments, shop and office space.

Protecting Environment Is A Matter Of Life And Death, Says Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni emphasized that protecting the environment is a matter of life and death for humanity cautioning that ‘we must do all it takes to protect the environment lest we perish.’ The president was speaking as guest of honor during World Environment Day celebrations in Ibanda District on Monday.

“All those interfering with nature are doing a great disservice to themselves and will ultimately pay a heavy price. God created for us a wonderful environment to live in but by degrading it, we are going against his will. Water is our life and we should not interfere with anything to do with water or the environment.

“We have not had enough rains for the last two seasons in Uganda and experts attribute it to the attack on the environment by people who invaded wetlands, forests, lakes and rivers that contribute 40% of the rains we get and we can’t go on like that,” he added.

The President, therefore, said that government is soon amending and strengthening the environment protection law to ensure that nobody should do any activity in a radius of 50 meters from a river bank, 200 meters from a lake shore and advised all people living or practicing agriculture in wetlands and forestry reserves, to leave them peacefully.

Important for tourism

Museveni further said that protecting the environment is also important for tourism noting that the sector earns the country much more foreign exchange than most economic activities the country is engaged in.

The President, who described the environment as the genetic bank, appealed to all citizens of Uganda to prioritize environmental protection for the good of the current and future generations. He emphasized that they ought treat whoever is attacking the environment as their number one enemy.

Rain catchment areas

The Minister of Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris, said that wetlands, forests and water bodies are important rain catchment areas and that whoever attacked them in a country like Uganda that is largely agricultural and dependent on rainfall, must be resisted.

On behalf of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program Country Director, Ms. Rosa Malanga, said that humanity must find ways of connecting with nature, protect it, respect it and safeguard the world heritage. She commended Uganda for being one of the few countries that have put in place a legal framework to protect the environment.

The French Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Stephanie Rivoal, noted that humanity shares the same planet and there must be a collective duty to protect it selfishly for the sake of the future generations.

She said that the planet belongs to nobody but to everybody and it is, therefore, a duty of everybody to ensure that it is safe for humanity. She appealed to developed countries who contributed greatly to climate change to take a leading role in mitigating the causes of climate change.

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