The gruesome coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic that continues to ravage the globe has left students, teachers and parents in Uganda with no access to formal school learning.
Teachers, whose main source of income comes the operationalization of classes at schools, have been hit hard, especially those in private, ever since President Yoweri Museveni shut down all teaching schools in an effort to combat coronavirus.
Students, especially teenagers, who spend much of their time in schools, have been negatively affected academically and socially since they can’t access their teachers and the social school life.
Well aware of these challenges, Victoria University has at a press conference held at the university auditorium introduced a community program called ‘Diversify Your Skill’ to connect secondary teachers and the communities they live in.
For this to happen, Victoria University will train these teachers to be able to interact better with the society, offer guidance and counselling, community remote learning and parental guidance.
Bill Nkeeto the Acting Vice-Chancellor Victoria University speaking to journalists said the exercise is also expected to generate a lot of market information about survival mechanisms of communities, interests and learning goals of university students.
He added that this will further build the Victoria university mission of ensuring transformational education and the data will contribute to the development of market-ready graduates based on an informed point of view.
He noted that with COVID19 persisting, there is a gap in the light of the services they offer. “They are in the way incapacitated,” Nkeeto said.
“So as Victoria University that engages so much with the community trying to solve people’s problems, we felt a need for them to come and see how we can work together in a number of ways,” he added.
“Their trade is education and that implies that it is complemented by career guidance. We wish them to go out there in the communities, offer career guidance, talk about Victoria University and it’s the reason we are offering them this training”
“If there is anyone who is interested in joining Victoria University, courtesy requires that they refer that person to us. And for any person they refer to us, they get a significant portion of the commission,”
“We also promised to facilitate their budgets time and again whenever they are going on certain activities that benefit Victoria University benefit. Every student referred and joins Victoria University; the recommender will earn a commission of Shs200,000 and Shs150,000 for bachelor’s degree and diploma programs respectively.