Eve Mbasabye

Eve Mbasabye

Sudhir To Focus On Tourism, Trade Promotion With Nepal

Newly appointed Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal representative in Uganda, Dr Sudhir Ruparelia has focused on promoting tourism in both Uganda and Nepal because both countries have big tourism potentials.

“Nepal is rich in religion and tourism. Tourism in Uganda is also rich and that is what I commit to strengthen,” Daily Monitor, a local newspaper, quoted Dr. Ruparelia saying at the official opening of the Nepalese Consulate in Kampala.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, yesterday opened a consulate in Uganda at Crane Chambers with businessman Dr Ruparelia as its head. The businessman also presented his credentials to Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa for acknowledgement.

Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa upon acknowledging Dr Ruparelia said the consulate will boost bilateral relations between the two countries and called for efforts to promote Uganda’s tourism sector.

 

Cannabis Business To Create Jobs, Bring In Foreign Currency- Says Premier Hemp Boss

The world is turning to cannabis not only for its medical values but also its trade benefits and Uganda cannot afford to miss out, Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing director of Premier Hemp, one of the local companies eying growing the medicinal herb told local radio in an exclusive interview.

 “It will bring in foreign currency, the global cannabis phenomena is taking off. Uganda has one of the best environments, it has cheap labour force, availability of land. So, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be doing this,” Rajiv said.

“Like I said we need to be forward-thinking not following every other nation. So, I am very proud of our cabinet, I am very proud of our MPs because they have taken this initiative to drive it faster than our neighbours and this is going to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Uganda.”

“If cabinet can sit down and pass this bill because it is going to be a game-changer for Uganda, it will inspire new industries to evolve and the speed at which they have driven this is phenomenal.”

Premier Hemp as part of Rupelia group of Companies plans to leverage its vast agriculture expertise - they own Rosebud Limited and Premier Roses who together control about 40% of Uganda’s flower export business – to grow Medical Marijuana on a commercial scale.

The company is one of over 20 companies that have applied for a production license that is pending cabinet clearance of policy guidelines on the production and processing for export of medical marijuana.

In January, according to Daily Monitor, the government sets strict rules for marijuana growing. Now individuals and companies seeking to grow or export marijuana for medical purposes will be required to present minimum capital of $5m (Shs18.3b) and a bank guarantee of Shs4b.

Investors will also be required to present a tax clearance certificate from the Uganda Revenue Authority, lists of employees and their job descriptions, a valid trading licence, evidence of value addition to cannabis and audited accounts.

Enrolment For 2020 Academic Year Opens At Delhi Public School International

The parents’ desire to have their children acquire the best education is increasingly getting high and the thirst to acquire knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits is as high.

Schools, training centres together with parents are devising for the best educational methods to teach, train, tell stories, discussions and carry out directed research to enrich their students with the right knowledge and skills.

In Uganda, Delhi Public School International (DPSI), the only international school in Uganda teaching India’s acclaimed Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), is positioning itself as the place to deliver such an educational package.

The CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India. The CBSE is offered in more than 24 countries globally with over 17, 300 affiliated schools.

The CBSE closely works with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), an autonomous organization of the Government of India. In Uganda, as required by law, the implementation of CBSE is regulated and monitored by the ministry of education and sports.

According to DPSI, the CBSE Pathway helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them a lifelong love for learning so they can excel at school, university and work.

And as the academic year commences, DPSI is offering Ugandan parents to bring their children to attain a quality education under the CBSE curriculum. The school announced that the intake for the new academic year 2020 is now open.

To join DPSI, parents are encouraged to call 0759711190 or send an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or physically visit the school admission office at Plot 17 - 25 Saddler Way, Naguru, Kampala, Uganda. You can also apply online on the school's website HERE.

The school has implemented the scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (C.C.E.) in all the classes. The CCE scheme envisages that every learner is to be evaluated over the entire period of learning schedule rather than a one-slot three-hour examination at the end of a course of learning.

C.B.S.E, through C.C.E. is aiming at a system of evaluation which does not just mean measurement of the level of learning outcomes but more so an approach for further improving the system.

The curriculum of all the academic subjects as well as a variety of co-curricular activities encourages creativity, aesthetics and adventure. Pre-primary - classes Nursery to Prep, Primary - Classes I to V, Secondary - Classes VI to X and Senior Secondary - Classes XI & XII are involved all school activities.

All students study English, Hindi, Mathematics, EVS/Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Social Studies (History, Civics and Geography) and an optional language (French).

Co-curricular activities include Socially Useful & Productive Work (Art, Music, Dance, Science Club, Eco Club, Astronomy Club, and Literary Club), Physical and Health Education and Computer Education.

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KISU's Dinner Dance Proceeds To Fund School’s CAS Projects

Kampala International School International (KISU) is organizing a dinner dance at Kabira Country Club Ballroom on February 14th at 7:15 pm onwards.

Proceeds from the social event will fund the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) projects. The cover charge for the dinner dance is Shs100,000.

The Creativity, Activity and Service is one of the three core elements in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. It involves students in a range of experiences outside of the classroom.

KISU says a successful completion of CAS is one of the requirements for obtaining the IB diploma. CAS requires students to take part in a range of experiences and at least one project.

The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular experiences, are characterized as creativity that involves exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance, activity that involves physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle and service that involves collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.

The Ruparelia Group owned school adds that CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme.

KISU, established in 1993 as Kabira International School with a population less than 70 students, is home to students from 55 nationalities, some as young as three years old and as old as 20.

The school adopted the English National Curriculum for the Primary School through Year-9 in the Secondary School. After that, the school management says, students, study for the internationally recognized Cambridge IGCSE (examined in Y11) and IB Diploma (examined in Y13).

Steve Lang, the school director, says the curriculum ensures that rigorous educational standards are maintained and that progression of educational experience is monitored.

The IB Diploma is generally regarded as the university entrance programme of choice often preferred above national requirements. “The curriculum has been adapted to reflect the international diversity of our school community and its location in Uganda,” said Lang.

Asked in an interview if managing hundreds of children from the different cultural background is not a hard task, Lang says no, that it is very easy.

“If you can move around say at playtime or lunchtime you will very commonly see different friendship group made of kids from different continents. We are completely color blind and completely inclusive about each other’s cultures,”

In 2019, 21 students graduated with International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) at Kampala International School Uganda. This is the 10th IB graduation at KISU.

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