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Moving Towards Gender Parity: Nkumba University Meets ENGENDER Project Coordinators

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Nkumba University’s management team, led by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jude T Lubega, today, 18th June 2024 met with ENGENDER Project coordinators at the Vice-Chancellor’s Boardroom to ascertain and discuss the project modalities, objectives, and implementation strategies.

Representing five partnering institutions, including Nkumba University, Gulu University, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Johannes Kepler University – Austria, and Debre Markos University – Ethiopia, the coordinators engaged both the university management and student leaders.

Johanna (L) and Katharina (R) Vienna University of Economics and Business and Johannes Kepler University Austria respectively.
Johanna (L) and Katharina (R) representing Vienna University of Economics and Business and Johannes Kepler University Austria respectively.

Prof. Jude Lubega welcomed the delegation, emphasizing the importance of gender mainstreaming as a cardinal tool in fostering an inclusive academic environment. “This is good for us, we are deliberate and intentional in ensuring a community that works in unison to foster gender parity,” he said.

Dr. Nicholas Gregory Okello, Project Investigator from Gulu University, lauded Nkumba University Management for accepting to take on the project. “Nkumba University Management has shown great commitment to this project, and we appreciate their willingness to take on this important initiative,” he said, further revealing that Nkumba and Gulu are the only two institutions selected in Uganda to implement this project.

In her submission, Lamaro Gloria, the Gulu University Project Coordinator, stressed the need for institutions to design a framework for gender mainstreaming, recognizing that sometimes those in authority are the perpetrators of gender inequality. “Institutions need to design a framework for gender mainstreaming, stringent enough to address gender-related bottlenecks,” she said.

NU Management During the Meeting
NU Management During the Meeting

The project coordinators later engaged student leaders in a focus group discussion to identify loopholes necessitating the project’s implementation relevance and ensure their involvement and support in promoting gender parity on campus.

The acronym ENGENDER which refers to “Engage for Non-Gender Discriminative Higher Education” is a capacity-building network seeking to promote gender equity in educational programs through curriculum development and inclusive pedagogy.

Student representatives during a focus group discussion
Student representatives during a focus group discussion

The ENGENDER project’s implementation started in December 2023 and is expected to have a significant impact on promoting gender equity in education within it’s span.

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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."
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