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[Issue 89] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Mon, 05/07/2021 - 19:01
UCT News Youth Month: What does decolonised African education look like? (South Africa)Dr Tabane was moderating the second session of the recent youth-centred Africa Day symposium hosted by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the African Union, in collaboration with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and its Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. “If we lose the education war, all our other … Read More [Issue 89] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

[Issue 88] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Mon, 05/07/2021 - 18:54
University World News Countries spend less than 1% of GDP on research (Africa)o country in Africa is spending 1% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development although, globally, spending on science and the number of scientists have been rising in the past five years, a trend that was pushed further by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to UNESCO. Launching … Read More [Issue 88] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

[Issue 85] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Mon, 05/07/2021 - 17:40
CIO East AfricaMakerere University Honours AfDB President Dr Adesina (Uganda) Makerere University has awarded Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), with an Honorary Doctorate degree in recognition of his distinguished contribution to Africa’s transformation and contribution to science, research, and academic leadership. The Bank’s President received the prestigious award of the Honorary Doctor of Letters during the University’s fifth session … Read More [Issue 85] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

[Issue 84]: Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Mon, 05/07/2021 - 17:36
Issue 84: Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

My dream is to build a career in commercial agriculture

Mon, 05/07/2021 - 07:14
By Sarah Achieng My name is Sarah Achieng, I come from Nwoya District in Northern Uganda. I am a Mastercard/RUFORUM scholar pursuing a Master of Science degree in Agriculture Enterprises Development at Gulu University. Like most students across the world, COVID-19 has slowed the progression of my education. Nevertheless, since every cloud has a silver lining, the lockdown period gave me an opportunity to … Read More My dream is to build a career in commercial agriculture

Selling shoes and clothes has provided additional income for my family

Sun, 04/07/2021 - 13:27
By Jovia Kadoma When students returned home because of COVID-19, many decided to engage in different activities to keep busy, but also be able to earn an extra income.  I started off by engaging in agriculture. Together with my family, we decided to plant food crops such as beans, cassava, maize and groundnuts. We also planted vegetables including eggplants and green pepper. While some … Read More Selling shoes and clothes has provided additional income for my family

I opened a shop to sell agricultural inputs

Sun, 04/07/2021 - 12:32
By Norah Akiyai After obtaining a diploma in Crop Production and Management in 2014, I volunteered as a food security officer at a local organization in Katakwi District, in eastern Uganda until I got the scholarship from RUFORUM. This scholarship has enabled me to pursue a degree in Food Science and Agri-business at Gulu University in Uganda. Recurrent insurgencies in the country has left … Read More I opened a shop to sell agricultural inputs

JK Agri-enterprise farm is here to help farmers

Sun, 04/07/2021 - 12:20
By Joseph Kawooya JK Agri-enterprise farm is a rural agro-based farm located in Kyotera District in Uganda. I started this farm with the aim of training smallholder farmers to improve their skills in modern agriculture and equip the youth with entrepreneurial and agricultural skills. I hoped that this would also help reduce unemployment in the community. I came up with this idea after attending … Read More JK Agri-enterprise farm is here to help farmers

With agri-business, I can now earn more money

Sun, 04/07/2021 - 10:35
By Kasolina Anyango When I returned home because of COVID-19, I interested myself in a number of enterprises. I started off with farming. I was able to buy three (3) acres of land which I used to grow groundnuts. Because the harvest has been good, this has motivated me further to invest in agriculture and also expand the venture. So, I have planted rice, … Read More With agri-business, I can now earn more money

I have been running various enterprises at home

Sun, 04/07/2021 - 10:23
By Sharon Amede I am a first-year student at Gulu University in Uganda pursuing a degree in education, with a major in English and Literature. I experienced a lot of challenges at the beginning but as time went by, I got more confident with the help of RUFORUM and the Mastercard scholarship. Returning home because of COVID-19 gave me the opportunity to implement and … Read More I have been running various enterprises at home

I have built a better house for my family

Sun, 04/07/2021 - 09:43
By Grace Acheng I come from a community where girl-child education is not supported and where illiteracy is generally high.    I am therefore grateful for the opportunity that the Mastercard Foundation and RUFORUM have granted me to pursue a degree at Gulu University in Uganda. From the first week of the orientation training that was held in Kenya, I told myself that I … Read More I have built a better house for my family

My dream is to be the biggest beer distributor in my town

Sat, 03/07/2021 - 14:50
By Samuel Lochen Long before the lockdown, I was already running a business. I started the beer retail trading in December 2018. This is because of its profitable nature, but also because there was no one else running a similar enterprise in the area where I live. It started on a small scale—with only five crates. As it continued to thrive, I decided to … Read More My dream is to be the biggest beer distributor in my town

I opened a veterinary drug shop in the village

Sat, 03/07/2021 - 14:42
By Marveeen Nafula Five years after completing my undergraduate studies, I had no hope of advancing my education. That changed when I applied and received a scholarship from RUFORUM.  As a result, I have been able to return to school and pursue my dream career. Through the funding I get from the scholarship (savings from the monthly stipend), I decided to open a veterinary … Read More I opened a veterinary drug shop in the village

I started a YouTube channel to educate the public on nutrition

Sat, 03/07/2021 - 12:49
By Aliet Mmbone Ugada I still vividly remember that afternoon when all Mastercard scholars at Gulu University gathered to listen to the next course of action. The university had been closed as one of the measures by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learning had come to a stop and students had to return to their respective homes. But as an international … Read More I started a YouTube channel to educate the public on nutrition

I have set up a project to produce and market smoked fish

Sat, 03/07/2021 - 12:37
By Mahoussi Simone During lockdown, I have been undertaking a number of activities. I started a project to produce and market smoked fish in Benin. This project will ensure food security and the safety of the community. Currently, we are constructing the space which we shall use to smoke the fish. I have also been supporting my family to undertake agricultural activities within our … Read More I have set up a project to produce and market smoked fish

Back home in Rwanda, I have a tomato farm

Sat, 03/07/2021 - 11:29
By Emmanuel Dusabimana Time flies. It is now three years since I left home in Rwanda to pursue my undergraduate studies at Gulu University in Uganda. During this period, I have tried to undertake a number of projects back home such as piggery and poultry farming, which did not succeed largely because of poor management skills of the people who were handling the projects. … Read More Back home in Rwanda, I have a tomato farm

Lockdown opened my eyes to business opportunities

Sat, 03/07/2021 - 11:20
By Rogers Othieno Maido Centre, is a groundnut trading business located in Kaliro, Eastern Uganda. It is an enterprise I started running during the lockdown. The business is aimed at purchasing groundnuts from smallholder farmers, before processing it into paste and powder. The products are then sold to retail shops and individual buyers at the shop. The business currently holds 500 kilogrammes of groundnuts, … Read More Lockdown opened my eyes to business opportunities

RUFORUM trains masters and doctoral students on grant proposal development through the Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) Project

Wed, 30/06/2021 - 23:15
By David Ekepu, Technical Specialist-Sentinel Project, RUFORUM There have been declining funding levels for the agricultural sector and university education coupled with institutional reforms that are characterized by institutionalization of competitive grants. This implies that the survival of researchers and their respective institutions relies strongly on the ability to attract funding through formulation of winning proposals. However, writing winning proposals requires great experience and … Read More RUFORUM trains masters and doctoral students on grant proposal development through the Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) Project

I bought a cow to supply milk to nearby hotels

Wed, 30/06/2021 - 15:56
I started school when my mother had passed on and later my father passed on when I was in primary. Life was not easy. I had to put in extra effort to get an education which my siblings on the other hand did not get a chance to get. And despite no one offering career guidance, I remained focused and was able to go … Read More I bought a cow to supply milk to nearby hotels

I use digital platforms to market my pigs and goats

Wed, 30/06/2021 - 15:00
I have been engaged in a number of entrepreneurial projects in the last few months. I started off with running a piggery project and later started goats rearing along side the piggery project. Currently, I have eight local goats and hope to increase the numbers after learning the proper livestock management practices. With no school to attend at the moment, my day-to-day work involves … Read More I use digital platforms to market my pigs and goats

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