Children Learn And Develop Differently, Schools Must Pay Attention To Each Child’s Need

Schools must pay very good very good attention to pupils because they learn and develop in different ways, Kampala Parents’ School administrators have. They say that ‘teachers’ must ‘know and understand this and use different teaching styles to plan work at different levels in order to meet the needs of all pupils in their class’.

“We aim at providing the highest quality learning environment for your child and for them to achieve their full potential. All our classes are supported by teaching assistants and pupils are offered additional support or catch up intervention where needed,” Daphne Kato, the Principal of Kampala Parents’ School, says of what they are doing to ensure effectiveness prevails in their school.

“We encourage our learners to strive for the best. This also includes encouraging them to enjoy learning. Part of mentoring consists of listening to pupils. By taking time to listen to what students say, our teachers impart to them a sense of ownership in the classroom. This helps build their confidence and helps them want to be success.

“At Kampala Parents’ School, we leave no stone unturned to achieve this goal by fully facilitating our pupils to become upright and useful citizens for the betterment of our country Uganda and future generations.

“All effort is made to help the children get holistic education and give them direction in their academic advancement. The academic activities are stressed knowing very well that it is the main door through which a child goes to explore the world. It is also a way of showing someone’s intellectual capabilities.

Why Discipline is important?

Daphne Kato emphasizes that discipline is a vital element in grooming pupils. “It is the key to success as evidenced by the good performance for many consecutive years and in building a wholesome all around a child, compassion, love integrity, cleanliness and above all discipline are a must. We believe that discipline is the key to success. We train our children to observe all of them,” she explains the role discipline has played in ensure school performs well consistently.

“As administration we nurture a child’s personal growth by providing a friendly and supportive environment. The school mission is “to facilitate first-class education and civilization to children with and from outside Uganda with the hope that there will be a better world community tomorrow“. 
The school anthem clearly indicates that children, teachers and parents of Kampala Parents’ School glorify the lord and their prayers ascend on high to achieve school goals and aspirations. Please invest in your child by availing us the opportunity to nurture and groom him/her at the roots. The dividends will certainly give you a big smile at the end of the day.  

Rosebud introduces Computerized Technology To Boost Farm Output

Flowers have increasing become Uganda’s biggest agricultural export with Entebbe based Rosebud Ltd contributing 40% of total flower export market. Rosebud Ltd is the country's largest exporter of roses.

Rosebud green houses on the farm cover a total of 50 hectares producing and exporting over 12 million stems per month. Now the firm is in the process of expanding up to 65 hectares of green houses for a targeted export of 15 million stems per month by 2017.

And to achieve this, Rosebud Ltd has installed a fully computerized climatic controlled propagation unit which has the capacity to produce 5 million plants per annum for commercial production.

“We make use of every drop of water by using a watering system that both mists from above and also brings water to the roots. By using a piping system delivering the water to each planter individually we can cut down on water being wasted.

These stems, due to the favorable weather conditions experienced throughout the year, result in their all being of the same high standard,” Rosebud said.

Rosebud Limited solely specializes in the production of quality cut roses for export onto the world market. The company’s objective is to achieve the highest standards of Good Agricultural Produce (GAP).

“We are continually doing research and development to conserve the environment, reduce the use of agrochemicals and improve efficiency in the use of natural resources. Our goal is to continue to co-exist with the natural environment and ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees,”

Rosebud Limited is committed to producing the best quality and longest lasting cut roses for export while still being respectful of our surroundings. It employs ongoing programs which enable them to improve the quality and expand their operation.

“Due to the favorable weather conditions, we are able to consistently produce over 12 million rose stems every month, all with the same high quality.”

Struggling To Raise Tuition, This University Lets You Pay In Installments

While Uganda has a free education policy for public primary and secondary schools, it lacks the same in universities and other tertiary institutions. This means that learners, mostly those from not well to do families struggle to raise tuition for university studies; even in public universities.

This has led to many students to drop out of school after secondary school. The other growing challenge, especially in public universities is that the institutions demand for full payment of tuition at the beginning of each semester. This condition is curtailing.

However Victoria University Kampala is differing. It has instituted a policy that allows students to pay tuition in installments instead of a wholesome figure. This comes as a welcome gesture to parents who might not be in position to pay the whole amount of tuition at the beginning of the semester or academic year.

At Victoria University, students can pay tuition fees in installments of $100, $250, $500 and above, as long as one clears within the four months of the semester. This payment module has proven effective and has helped the Jinja road based university to build a good relationship between the university, parents and students.

Victoria University is a research active institution where students enjoy the benefits of working with research experts who are also teaching, thus ensuring that the latest developments underpin and inform students.

Through our research reputation we have developed strategic partnerships with international institutions thus giving our students a truly global perspective on developments in their field.

Courses Need To Be Backed By A Solid Reputation Of Research

The Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Kampala Dr. Krishna N. Sharma has said that good courses taught in high learning institutions ‘must be backed by backed by a solid reputation of research.

The Vice Chancellor was speaking to this website in an exclusive interview just as the Ruparelia owned Jinja road based university kicks of a fresh semester.

“Victoria University is a research active institution where students enjoy the benefits of working with research experts who are also teaching, thus ensuring that the latest developments underpin and inform students.

Through our research reputation we have developed strategic partnerships with international institutions thus giving our students a truly global perspective on developments in their field.”

Victoria University is an Institution of higher learning licensed by National Council for Higher Education. And to qualify for the Dr Sudhir Ruparelia Scholarship Grant, a candidates must meet certain selection criteria.

Victoria University has a dedicated and experienced International Student support team which offers a wide range of support for International Students from airport Collection, orientation programmes, Ugandan VISA Advice and renewals as well as Social Activities.

The University also offer a Foundation course for international students from non English speaking countries.

Victoria University Introduces Sudhir Scholarship Grant

Businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has extended his philanthropic hand to needy students who are failing to attain post secondary education because they lack the finances to spend on their university education.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia though his Victoria University in Kampala has offered to pay 30 percent of tuition fees to lucky students through the Dr Sudhir Ruparelia Scholarship Grant that was recently unveiled to the public.

Victoria University is an Institution of higher learning licensed by National Council for Higher Education. And to qualify for the Dr Sudhir Ruparelia Scholarship Grant, a candidates must meet certain selection criteria.

For example a candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years, a Ugandan, posses good matric results, portray positive attitude, provide references, willing to give back to the community and able to maintain a GPA of minimum 3.5 throughout the program.

The application process includes filling and submitting an online or offline application and filling the Scholarship form to show interest and confirm that you fulfill the criteria. Thereafter, after reviewing your application, the scholarship committee will offer the scholarship to successful candidates.

How Laboratories Are Helping Science Teaching At Kampala Parents’ School

Imagine aspiring to be a scientist and you have no tools? Sad? Yes, that is the situation many students in Uganda, urban or rural find themselves in often times. The heart wants to be a doctor but the facilities dictates otherwise, and because of the available resources you oblige, sending your dream down the sewerage, if there is any. I mean the sewerage.

This lack of facilities is in most times an everyday occurrence for the average schools in the country. While government has tried to partner with private schoos, the gap remains because of their insufficient funding. Private schools work on profit margins, budgets.

But if you can afford, Kampala Parents Schools in Naguru is an option. Kampala Parents’ School believes that science lab equipment allows pupils to interact directly with specimens taught in class.

“They get a first-hand learning experience by performing various experiments on their own. Our pupils are allowed to use the models and understand different scientific theories and concepts,” a statement on their Facebook page said.

“Our school science lab equipment and supplies make teaching and learning easy both for the teachers, as well as for the pupils. There are several scientific theories and concepts that are difficult to explain directly from the books. Anatomy models, physics science kits, and chemistry science kits for instance make it easy to understand the otherwise complex theories of science

“Children develop interest in scientific research in science labs. When they observe various things and carry out different experiments, their reasoning skills are honed and they start thinking deeply on those theories and concepts. This helps us in bringing up the next generation of engineers and doctors.”

Uganda government has over the time advocated for the roll out of science education across the county including giving out scholarship as away of inspiring and advocating for science education in the country. While we cannot quantify the result of such effors, we can say we are proud such trials occurred.

Children Who Play Sports Are Less Stressed Out, Education Experts

The need for physical education has got more backing after experts at Kampala Parents said that children who play sports are less stressed out than those kids who do not take part in any physical activity. 

“Participation in sports has many other benefits like increased cardiovascular fitness, a healthy growth in their tendons, bones, ligaments and muscles. They will develop better balance and coordination and get good sleep,”

Daphne Kato, the Princple of Kampala Parents’ School in a previous interview said that children's participation in sports at an early age works to develop their physique, cognitive skills, social relationships thus identifying and tapping into the different talents these children may have.

The school, located in Naguru and accepting  offers a complete curriculum whereby games and sports play an important part. Each class timetable has periods for physical education and games. Different games are trained and competed in within the school.

The school sports complex has facilities to ensure that a variety of games are played. These include football. Volleyball, basketball, netball, swimming, athletics to mention but a few.

Wefarm Connects Over 300,000 Farmers In Kenya And Uganda

Wefarm, the world's largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, has announced that it has reached over 300,000 farmers across East Africa, namely in Kenya and Uganda. There are over 180,000 farmers in Kenya using Wefarm at present.

Wefarm is a free mobile and online service that enables farmers to connect with one another around the world to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. 

Approximately 500 million small-scale farmers provide over 70% of the world's food. However, up to 90% have no access to the internet and are often isolated from basic agricultural information and new ideas. Wefarm enables farmers
to share crucial livestock and crop information online and via SMS – without needing the internet and without having to leave their farms.

Wefarm's key innovation is the creation of the world's first crowdsourced peer-to-peer network for offline communities. According to the GSMA, by 2020, 168 million more people will be connected to mobile services in Africa alone. This represents an immense opportunity for rural connectivity. 

To take advantage of this, Wefarm, as announced earlier this year, has partnered with nano satellite technology company Sky & Space Global, a leading global player in both narrowband connectivity services and advanced underserved area communications (AUAC). 

One of the first users to sign up to Wefarm two years ago, Presley Jonah Lang'at, a retired government agricultural officer from Kenya, said  he has answered over 100 questions on Wefarm since joining. 

“Farming is a difficult job and it's important to share our knowledge together as a world community. Wefarm's network has provided me with information that I could not find elsewhere. It has helped my cattle heal faster from disease and has provided me with remedies that optimise milk production for my livestock – I will be a user for life." 

Kenny Ewan, CEO of Wefarm, said they are the first business in the world to have launched an SMS network enabling farmers to access crucial agricultural information from within the global farming community itself. 

“The popularity of our peer-to- peer model proves that farmers are hungry to connect with each other and to share their insights, innovations and challenges. We are proud that Wefarm is providing a service that responds to the needs and wants of the world's small-scale farmers and have made it our mission to connect every farmer in the world who needs information --- online or off. But we won't stop there. Our vision in the coming years is to create a new digital ecosystem of products and services for the 400 billion GBP small-scale agriculture market, made for farmers by farmers." 

Saul Klein, Founder of LocalGlobe and seed investor in Wefarm said Wefarm is exactly the type of domain-specific network that adds real value to its users. 

“Just as Stack Overflow built a community for the 18.5 million developers globally to share their programming knowledge, Wefarm is building a community – and, soon, a new digital ecosystem of products and services – for the world's 500 million small-scale farmers. 

Growing the community to 300,0000 farmers, made up of dense localised clusters in key counties in Kenya and Uganda, is a significant accomplishment. We are excited to see the team now implementing lessons from Kenya in Uganda, which is showing dramatically faster user growth. 300,000 farmer is an important milestone and we look forward to seeing continued growth in the months ahead."

In addition to this milestone, Wefarm has also announced several new partnerships this quarter. Rural Outreach Africa (ROP), Heifer International and TechnoServe have all partnered with Wefarm to bring their farmers into the network, thus extending the benefits of farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing to their brands.
 
Wefarm is currently seeking its next round of funding. Current investors include LocalGlobe and Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV). For more information please see below.

Africa Faces Permanent $2bn Maize Deficit If Armyworm Dilemma Is Not Solved

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) last week said confirmed that Fall Armyworm (FAW) has been reported in 28 African countries, following the pest’s arrival in Africa in 2016, presenting a now permanent agricultural challenge for the continent. FAW feeds on more than 80 crops, but prefers maize and can cut yields by up to 60 per cent.

In research funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), CABI now estimates the pest will cost just ten of the continent’s major maize producing economies in Africa a total of $2.2bn to $5.5bn a year in lost maize harvests - if the pest is not properly managed.

“Enabling our agricultural communities with quick and coordinated responses is now essential, to ensure the continent stays ahead of the plague,” said Dr Joseph DeVries, Vice President – Program Development and Innovation at AGRA.

As countries turn to pesticides to reduce the damage, farmers face the risk of the pest developing resistance to treatment, which has become a widespread problem in the Americas.

Biopesticides are a lower risk control option, but few of the biopesticides used in the Americas are yet to be approved for use in Africa, raising the need for urgent local trials, registration and the development of local production.

“Maize can recover from some damage to the leaves. So when farmers see damaged leaves, it doesn’t necessarily mean they need to control. Research is urgently needed, and a huge awareness and education effort is required so that farmers monitor their fields, and can make decisions on whether and how to control,” said Dr Roger Day, CABI’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Coordinator.

“There are natural ways farmers can reduce impact, including squashing the eggs or caterpillars when they see them, and maintaining crop diversity in the farm, which encourages natural predators.”

CABI has also warned of the need to address the human health issues raised by any far more extensive use of chemical pesticides. 

“Resource poor farmers are often unwilling or unable to buy the appropriate safety equipment and in some cases they use pesticides without appropriate application equipment. Farmers may also be disinclined to use safety equipment when hot weather makes it extremely uncomfortable. Recognizing that farmers will still want to use pesticides, specific measures are needed to make lower risk biopesticides more accessible,” said Dr Day.

Health Ministry Asks Media To Clear Breastfeeding Myths

 

By George Busiinge

Tim Mateba, a Senior Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health says there are many myths and cultural beliefs that prevent mothers from exclusively breastfeeding their babies which results to poor child growth.

Mateba also called on mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newly born babies for six months to prevent them from malnutrition which has a negative impact to the social-economic development of the country.

This was last evening at Kolping hotel in a media briefing about breastfeeding week being funded by world vision-Hoima. He challenged employers to avail breastfeeding space to their female workers.

Albert Mugabi, a nutritionist at Hoima regional referral hospital explains that cases of malnutrition in children bellow five years are high. According to him, only 40 percent of the mothers in Hoima exclusively breastfeed their children for the first six months.

Dr Joseph Ruyonga, the district health officer said called on different stakeholders like church, cultural leaders, political leaders and others to join the struggle in promoting, supporting and encouraging breastfeeding.

He said a lactating mother is supposed to breastfeed 8 times in a day warning cases of under breastfeeding.

James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the district secretary for health and education challenged the health ministry to move from curative to preventive measures citing use of community cinemas and other platforms to sensitize community on nutrition and breastfeeding.

The Ministry of Health has asked media houses in the country to help it clear myths and misconceptions surrounding exclusive breastfeeding.

Tim Mateba, a Senior Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health says there are many myths and cultural beliefs that prevent mothers from exclusively breastfeeding their babies which results to poor child growth.

Mateba also called on mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newly born babies for six months to prevent them from malnutrition which has a negative impact to the social-economic development of the country.

This was last evening at Kolping hotel in a media briefing about breastfeeding week being funded by world vision-Hoima. He challenged employers to avail breastfeeding space to their female workers.

Albert Mugabi, a nutritionist at Hoima regional referral hospital explains that cases of malnutrition in children bellow five years are high. According to him, only 40 percent of the mothers in Hoima exclusively breastfeed their children for the first six months.

Dr Joseph Ruyonga, the district health officer said called ondifferent stakeholders like church, cultural leaders, political leaders and others to join the struggle in promoting, supporting and encouraging breastfeeding.

He said a lactating mother is supposed to breastfeed 8 times in a day warning cases of under breastfeeding.

James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the district secretary for health and education challenged the health ministry to move from curative to preventive measures citing use of community cinemas and other platforms to sensitize community on nutrition and breastfeeding.

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