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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELLEN.

For there will never be a better day than today, the day the angels released such a beautiful yet sweet soul and allowed us to explore all the corners of happiness.

If someone asked me how I understand life, I would sit next to you, my potato😊 , pull you close…put my arms around you and say proudly; this lady is part of my life.

You’re awesome in a way that you can’t cause you know it’s wrong to. In other words, you’re awesome and you have such an amazing pure soul, a sweet soul.
Thanks for being you Hellen.

Straight from the day we met, its been blissful moments all through; the lengthy chats, the video calls, the late night talk and my opinions as you make your decisions.
These memories stuck like mud. I cherish them in away that’s unmatched!

As you grow up, may you find…
Hope before despair,
Passion before boredom,
Love before loss,
Joy before sorrow,
Peace before turmoil,
And only happy birthdays ever after.
Happy Birthday Abwooli Noreen.

*HAPPY BIRTHDAY MILLY.

For there has never been a better day than today, the day heaven released such happiness and allowed us to mingle with heaven’s greatness_

There are special girls and then there are girls like you Girls born on days when the sun was blind and woke it up Clearing nimbus clouds and spreading our silver linings Only that on this day, it was just all over the sky, not just a lining, it was fullness.

Girls like you come to our lives when we are looking for a small spark and they add a sparkle Seeing joy in the small things we do Disarming dis-ease with laughter.

More life and blessings for the little moments we shared and many more to come! May you live to achieve all your dreams and I know they are many. Enjoy your day!. Happy birthday Milly.

EMBRACE DREAMING TO MOVE AWAY FROM SCHOOLING AND FOCUS ON EDUCATION IN DIFFERENT CAPACITIES, A WAY TO CREATE MORE JOB CREATORS THAN JOB SEEKERS.

In the public discourse, people like to talk about the structural issues contributing to the crisis in education in Uganda and Africa at large. They talk about the lack of fees, lack of textbooks, the shortage of qualified teachers, the poor quality of education, the ever increasing corruption in the education sector and the desperate need for equipment, classrooms and funding. But they don’t talk much about inspiring young people to dream and helping them to rise above their circumstances by exploring their purpose in life.

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To many, this might sound impractical and sentimental especially for a third world country like Uganda, a sort of pie-in-the-sky idealism that’s incompatible with the realities many schools face. These include overworked teachers in overcrowded classrooms full of children who come from disadvantaged, dysfunctional homes and may have a range of learning or behavioral problems and lack of classrooms which see students studying under trees. These are relevant issues, so some might offer the chicken-and-egg argument – in order to help students dream or the “fire is better than water” debate to keep the pupils in check and occupied, all of the aforementioned problems have to be addressed first. But what if all these problems were addressed? Would it mean that dream creation and pursuit would be inevitable? No!

That’s why the learning experience we need to develop has to focus on encouraging students to create and pursue their dreams of individual and social consequence. And a relevant learning experience centered in dreams has to take into consideration the difference between schooling and education.

The purpose of schooling is to socialize students into a predetermined world. The teacher imparts knowledge and the pupil passively receives it. This process by its very nature creates little to no space for dream development. Schooling at its best seeks to prepare students for jobs, but not for achieving dreams. This explains why we have many job seekers than job creators. At its worst it prepares students for neither. In essence, this learning experience teaches students what to think and how to act based on the status quo ignoring the ever evolving changes.

The purpose of education, however, is to socialize students to be dreamers and builders of a world that doesn’t exist. Teacher and learner use self- reflection and dialogue to co-create new forms of knowledge based on their time, space and cultural context. Therefore – through the facilitation of an educator – education seeks to prepare students to be intellectually curious, with others and on their own. The aim of education is, therefore, for students to have the courage to become dreamers of individual and social consequence. Education teaches students to be self made.  How? Schools need to be revolutionised by 1) teaching students to be self-regulated learners and 2) creating space for dialogue in the classrooms.

  • First, learners need to see that learning is not a process where someone stands in front of the class and distributes knowledge. Rather, it’s a process where the students read what is asked of them, while relating it to their own individual dreams.
  • Second, educators have to create spaces where dialogue is possible. This means teachers cannot see themselves as the possessors of legitimate knowledge. They have to see themselves and students as possessors of knowledge that can aid in the creation of new knowledge, based on their social context. Creating dialogical spaces where learners can dream out loud will enable them to continue this process as adults.

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In conclusion, the crisis in education is not only structural; it’s personal too. As a student raised from both socio-economically oppressed and affluent backgrounds, I believe there is a crisis of purpose in schools especially for those in the rural areas. Uganda is filled with too many adults who buried old dreams in the graveyards of their hearts – dreams that could have eradicated some of the social ills that have plagued humanity for centuries. Too many adults are left living lives that are socially safe out of fear of failure.

I believe that the development of a better world begins with understanding the essence of education and bringing out what is in the student already – a dream that, if pursued, could help transform the world. In addition to transforming the world, education should also teach students that their dreams will bring personal fulfillment. Thus, encouraging students to dream is not only vital to them as individuals, but it’s also crucial to the advancement of Uganda, the African continent and the world at large.

 

​THE DWINDLING  INFLUENCE OF THE CHURCH IN UGANDA’S POLITICS

The constitution of the church is broader than just social services. The church has since time immemorial always had a strong voice in matters of society especially politics. The link between the church and politics, however, goes beyond mere influence and has on several times helped candidates secure seats in different capacities. Increasingly, many religious actors,  priests and reverends have started taking place in politics and standing to hold political positions.

In fact, the influence is not limited to Uganda. Churches in the East, central and southern Africa have cemented their position in politics with since most of these countries embrace multiparty democracy, a process where the churches are supposed to be central!

At this point there has been a lot of awareness creation, which has culminated into publication of several blogs and articles on democratization. It is from this stage that the church has taken divisions and sides; some taking a centre-stage in arguing against dictatorship which of course didn’t come without a cost (we’ve had scenarios where some of them get arrested). Some churches then chose to dance to the tune of the people in power leaving a few fraction that abstained from the politics of this country.
The involvement of Church leaders in politics has also created a contentious issue in terms of ethics, integrity and diginity in the church.  It has led to the bleeding of the sector in terms of leadership and valuable experience.

In many situations, the political class has managed to penetrate the centre of the church and divide it along regional, tribal and party lines. The voice of the church has been diluted by involvement of church people in politics both actively and in any  other ways. 

While most churches do not stop church leaders from contesting for elective positions, I believe that it would be wise to advise them to step down and avoid conflict of interest. 

In a nutshell, the church still has the muscle to play a big part in the society as one of the biggest service deliverers and active player in humanitarian contribution. Its role is more vital with the reduction of resources with in the civil society!
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.
Mwebaze Johnson.

jmwebaze@wordpress.com

mwebazejoh@gmail.com
©The Silent Wolf

​WHY UGANDAN YOUTH MUST STEP INTO POLITICS AND PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION.

The constitutional amendments are  one of a kind: for the incumbent, it is a chance to stamp his eroded popularity, but for the opposition and the majority people, it is their next attempt at dislodging the incumbent. Therefore politicians and Ugandan citizens are ready to employ all means necessary to emerge victorious.

Just as it has been in the past, 2017 has not been any different for the incumbent. Already there have been rumours of amending article 102(b) of the constitution to remove the age limit on presidential aspirants. The move is meant to give the incumbent another chance to stand in 2021. This has yielded reports of violence and tension from both the political divide. And in the centre of all this is the youth.

Youth in politics is a phenomenon in politics that has been with us for many years and in different countries. People born in the 1970’s  know the story of the famous NRA in Uganda that later turned into the NRM and has ruled uganda for over 30years. They know how these Youth fought to restore the hope of all Ugandans. Over 80% of the NRA was comprised of the Youth.
Talk of the famous YK92 – a youth  wing of the baba and mama party(KANU) in Kenya.

This youth  groups was so vicious that it almost ran a parallel government as the mouth piece of the President Torpitich Arap Moi.
Products of these youth groups have been strong both in the ruling and opposition parties. These youth have been main characters in the political circles and this has been so because they were brave enough to involve themselves during their Youth days. Examples like Dr.Kiiza Besigye, Gen Mugisha Muntu, Museveni, and many more.

Products of the YK92 also transformed into leaders like William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi and Cyrus Jirongo.

Youth’s role in the shaping the future of this mother country should border all forms of activities that affect both the present and future governance. That way, the country’s politics will be attractive and not murky as it is in this case.
Political pundits insist that it is unimaginable to detach the youth from politics and governance of this  our country. For example over 70% of the Uganda’s population is below 36 years. A keener look reveals that it is the same group who swarm political rallies , listening or scrutinizing politicians manifestos which they rarely outline the vision the vision of the candidates and have not much a say in amendments of the same. Its a waste of time!
The situation will get (or Already is)  at a point where any leader will spend their last coin to hoodwink more youth to join them instead of heading for the opponent, because with the youth on your side, its a done deal! Look at what happened in the currently concluded kyandondo by election. hon. Bobiwine had the most youth on his side.

 

The current leaders want to turn the youth into agents of their own selfish interests instead of mentoring them  to take over the  leadership mantle. There seems to be a growing gap between politics and the youth or simply put: the Youth no longer appreciate their worth and role in politics and taming the direction of the country.  
The youth need to be encouraged to get involved in politics and desist from playing second fiddle or worse be used by egocentric politicians. What’s worse, they pay little attention and their future, the nations future is at stake in the hands of the ‘enemies of progress’.
Finally, Can the Youth initiate s digital leadership revolution in this country?Whether this is achievable is debatable.

 

Youth need to Rise Up for; “We are the leaders of the future and the Future is now.”

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
Mwebaze Johnson

jmwebaze@wordpress.com

mwebazejoh@gmail.com
©The Silent Wolf

Don’t go… 

The geek chronicles

I’ve been drunk for over a week now, I was hoping it’d sober me up enough to say all the things I need to say. All the things I should have said, while you were still here. But my throat still feels all chocked up. I can’t seem to get the words out. Every time I try to speak I feel it tighten around the words and push them back way way down deep into an abyss in my mind where all the forgotten dreams, sad memories and things that I’ll never say haunt me. It is slowly filling up with memories of you, because I can’t let you go, because the thought of you, even after all this time, still tightens my chest and makes my heart throb. Don’t go…

It was the hottest afternoon all summer. The heat was raining down like the breath of hell. It licked…

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