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Introduction
The goal of the Uganda National Dialogue is to create a platform for Ugandans, in all our diversity, to agree on a shared transformative and development agenda that accelerates the consolidation of peace and justice, sustainable development and shared prosperity. The theme of the Dialogue is consolidation of peace, democracy, and development to achieve shared prosperity in Uganda. Peace, democracy and development acquire their true meaning when they create conditions for equal opportunity and shared prosperity. Achieving shared prosperity means that every Ugandan has equal opportunity to succeed and that our dreams are not limited by today’s failures but by the possibilities of the future. The National Dialogue Process is therefore designed as a citizen owned and citizen led process seeking to build on the gains and progress made since Independence in order to strengthen our foundations for equal opportunity and shared prosperity for all Ugandans.
Uganda’s tumultuous period following the attainment of independence is well documented. However, the progress attained over the last three decades is worth celebrating and represents a source of optimism about what we can achieve as a country if we pull together, work together and strengthen our sense of nationalism and patriotism towards our country. Indeed, H.E President Museveni has articulated a vision of a Uganda that moves steadily towards the attainment of middle-income status by 2020. President Museveni’s unassailable record in shepherding the country over the last 30 years is a great asset that constitutes an enduring legacy but also or strong foundation upon which sustainable peace and shared prosperity can be built. The National Dialogue process provides a tremendous opportunity to protect and build on the positive aspects of our post-independence legacy. Most importantly, it is an important vehicle to mobilize Ugandans in all their diversity to move in unison in the continuing journey towards sustainable peace, consolidation of democracy and shared economic prosperity.

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The Minitry of Gender, Labour and Social Development invited willing non-unionised workers to attend sub county conferences at their respective sub county head quarters on Saturday 5th March 2016 at 2:00pm.

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1.    Oh Uganda! May God uphold thee,

We lay our future in thy hand.

United, free,

For liberty

Together we'll always stand.


2.    Oh Uganda! The land of freedom

Our love and labour we give,

And with neighbours all

At our country's call

In peace and friendship we'll live. 

3.    Oh Uganda! The land that feeds us

By sun and fertile soil grown.

For our own dear land,

We'll always stand

The Pearl of Africa's Crown. Play The Anthem

 

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1. Oh Uganda! May God uphold thee,
    We lay our future in thy hand.
    United, free,
    For liberty
    Together we'll always stand.

2. Oh Uganda! The land of freedom
    Our love and labour we give,
    And with neighbours all
    At our country's call
    In peace and friendship we'll live.

3. Oh Uganda! The land that feeds us
    By sun and fertile soil grown.
    For our own dear land,
    We'll always stand
    The Pearl of Africa's Crown.

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A STORY OF MR. TINFAYO AND MR. CLEVER IN KABAROLE DISTRICT

Mr Tinfayo owns a farm of cattle in Rubona, Kabarole District. Mr. Tinfayo employed Mr. Clever as a farm manager. The cattle have the capacity of producing 100 litres of milk daily. Mr. Clever sells the milk and uses the money for his personal benefit. Each morning, Mr. Tinfayo kneels down to beg Mr. Clever to at least give him 5 litres of milk for his home consumption. One day, Mr. Tinfayo tried to go to the farm to count the animals and verify the litres of milk produced but he was chased by Mr. Clever that the operations of the farm were not a concern of Tinfayo. Mr. Tinfayo returned home, he extended the contract of Mr. Clever as the farm manager and increased his salary. Mr. Clever has managed to acquire a lot of wealth for himself and Mr. Tinfayo keeps begging for help though he has land, animals and property that is managed by Mr. Clever.

  1. What do you learn from this story?
  2. What rights did Mr. Tinfayo have?
  3. How can you advise Mr. Tinfayo?
  4. Who has the power in this story?
  5. Where did Mr. Tinfayo blunder?
  6. Who is the problem? Mr. Tinfayo or Mr. Clever

Assuming Mr. Tinfayo is the citizen of Uganda and Mr. Clever is the elected leader, how can you relate this story to the relationship between voters and elected leaders in Uganda?

If you are Mr. Clever, what would you have done differently to protect your name and legacy (what should leaders do and how should they behave?)
If you are Mr. Tinfayo, what would you do to enjoy the proceeds of your farm
Do you know you are the farm owner as the citizen of Uganda and the leaders are farm managers!!! Unfortunately, you as the owner of the farm do not know that the farm belongs to you. You recruit the farm manager; give him/her time frame and resources to deliver. The farm manager is aware that you have the power to hire and fire him but he also knows that when he steals your milk and cows you will instead reward him by extending the contract and increase his pay. The farm manager enjoys the ignorance of the owner of the farm because the owner only begs/request for a cup of milk instead of claiming for all milk produced in the farm. The owner of the farm cannot punish/caution the manager when things go bad on the farm.

This is a real story which relates to Citizens and their leaders in Uganda that through elections you elect leaders (councilors, LC3 chairpersons, LC5 chairpersons, MPs and President). Elections campaigns are always a recruitment process where you select good leaders. These leaders become your farm managers because they are supposed to plan, implement and deliver better services. You deploy these leaders for a 5 year term in office and give them money through paying taxes, which means you should have clear deliverables/outputs you want these leaders to deliver for easy assessment.

Unfortunately, the citizen (you) as the owner of the farm has turned as a begger (keep asking for money, school fees etc from leaders)! You don’t know that the farm (Uganda) belongs to you (citizen) because when the manager (leaders) steals your cows and milk (corruption, shoddy work, poor service delivery) you never say anything because of fear, ignorance, I don’t care attitude…, the farm manager (leaders) knows that you have the power to terminate his/her contract but you are ignorant of that power…have you ever recalled an elected leader? Why do you extend the contract of the farm manager that has stolen your cows?

  1. WHERE DO YOU BELONG?
  2. Are you the farm manager or the farm owner?
  3. Are you going to claim your rights as the owner of the farm (Uganda) and exercise your power to discipline, hire and fire the farm manager (leader)?

 

 

Partner Contacts

CSOs

CSO

CONTACT PERSON

TELEPHONE

1. UPIMAC

Phillip Wanzira

0772 522 880

2. CODI

John Segujja

0772 536 136

3. DENIVA

Susan Nanduddu

0702 419 459

4. WACSOF

Apollo Lee

0752 177 293

5. KRC

Julius Mwanga

0772 305 521

6. MASINDI NGO

Edward Mbihebwa

0782 557 679

7. ACORD

Juliet Nakato

0772 601 558

8. PLACA

Deo Nyanzi

0772 452 946

9. PAC

Benson Ekwee

0772 483 480

10. ADDA

Nathan Ebiru

0772 053 972

11. CCG

Saraha Bireete

0772 608 967

12. CDFU

Rachel Namutebi

0773 356 907

13. PACONET

Wilberforce Makeri

0704 883 437

14. KACSOA

George Kiprotich

0759 114 859

Libraries

PUBLIC LIBRARY

CONTACT PERSON

TELEPHONE

Masaka

Rose Namakula

0752 432 857

Mbarara

Agnes Nisiima

0701 384 445

Kabale

Alex Baingana

0783 548843

Kabarole

Grace

0772 197 273

Masindi

Lydia Katusabe

0703 051 364

Arua

Judith Draru

0774 132 994

Lira

Rebecca

0774 400 435

Teso

Mercy Akis

0775 137 472

Moroto

Stephen Okurut

0752 126 745

Jinja

Rose Doreen

0706 210 545

Nakaseke

Peter Balaba

0782 902 991

1st Set

FACT SHEET

BACKGROUND

The Civic Education Resource Centre aims at:
1. Developing and disseminating civic education curricula and materials
2. Encouraging the use of materials to ensure standardization and quality civic education
3. Instituting effective experience sharing among DGF civic education partners.

The CERC has its secretariat based at Uganda Project Implementation and Management Centre (UPIMAC) Head Office located at Plot 133, Kira Road Kamwokya, Kampala Telephone No. 0414 530 694 Website: www.cerc-ug.org, email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Contact person: W.S.R. Nyabongo, Executive Director

The Civic Education Resource Centre is supported by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), a mechanism established by Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the Delegation of the European Union in Uganda to support the efforts of Ugandan state and non-state partners to strengthen democratization, protect human rights, improve access to justice and enhance accountability in the country.

The project was approved in March 2013, became effective in May 2013 and will end by June 2015.

Main functions of the CERC

  1. To coordinate the production of a comprehensive standardized civic education curriculum based on 12 thematic modules
  2. To establish a functional, accessible and interactive online platform for civic education resources
  3. To ensure a well equipped and stocked library at the centre, National Library of Uganda and selected upcountry libraries: Nakaseke, Arua, Masindi, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and Kabarole
  4. To disseminate civic education curricula and materials to DGF supported partners and other organizations
  5. To advocate for the mainstreaming of civic education in programs of key government ministries, departments and agencies
  6. To establish a functional network of DGF supported partners for exchange of experience and best practices.
  7. Coordination and Management

The CERC operations are guided by two major committees namely;

Steering Committee – There is a functional Resource Centre Steering Committee composed of state and non state actors to guide the development and approval of civic education materials.

The Steering Committee is composed of:

  1. Office of the Prime Minister – Ministry of Information and National Guidance (OPM)
  2. Judicial Service Commission (JSC)
  3. Electoral Commission (EC)
  4. Inspectorate of Government (IGG)
  5. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC)
  6. National Library of Uganda (NLU)
  7. Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
  8. Kabarole Research Centre (KRC)
  9. Human Rights Network (HURINET)
  10. Masindi NGO Forum
  11. African Youth Development Link
  12. DENIVA
  13. UPIMAC
  14. Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA)
  15. National NGO Forum
  16. Community Development and Child Initiative (CODI)

Technical Working Committee (TWC):

The Steering Committee is supported by the Technical Working Committee (TWC) which is charged with the responsibility of developing the Civic Education materials. The Committee receives and reviews civic education needs, and accordingly develops the modules, handbooks, fliers and posters.
This consultative exercise of developing the curriculum is demand-driven and participatory. The materials are tailored to the needs of civic education learning.

The TWC Committee is composed of:

  1. Public Affairs Center (PAC), Benson Ekwee (Chairperson)
  2. Forum for Women in Development (FOWODE), Flavia Nabagabe Kalule
  3. Platform for Citizen Participation (PLACA), Deo Nyanzi
  4. Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG), Sarah Bireete
  5. Communication for Development Foundation (CDFU), Anne Gamurorwa
  6. Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Alice Nassaka
  7. National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Connie Kateeba, Josephine Lubwama and Patrick Ssembirige
  8. Uganda Law Society (ULS)

Civic Education Material Development
The TWC is supported by a team of experts from the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) who are leading the drafting exercise to ensure that materials meet both youth and adult learning needs and the Uganda Law Society (ULS) who ensures that the contents are factually and legally accurate based on the Constitution and other applicable laws.
The development of CE materials (modules) is being undertaken in a phased approach and will be completed in a year's time.

The process of developing materials has been informed by the results of a baseline survey on democracy, human rights and accountability conducted by DGF in May 2013, and on needs assessments of individual Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) in their areas of operation concluded in May / June 2013.

The materials developed under the theme of ''Civic Education For Effective Participation of Ugandan Citizens'' include:
1. Civic Education Modules
2. Facilitation handbooks
3. Posters and Flyers

The posters and flyers are translated into 9 local languages Luganda, Runyoro / Rutoro, Runyakore / Rukiga, Acholi, Lumasaba, Ateso, Lugabara, Akarimajong and Lusoga.

Accessibility of Civic Education Material
To increase access to civic education materials the National Library of Uganda in Kampala and selected 11 public libraries are being utilized namely;

  1. Nakaseke Telecentre,
  2. Arua Public Libraries,
  3. Masindi Public Libraries,
  4. Lira Public Libraries,
  5. Soroti Public Libraries,
  6. Moroto Public Libraries,
  7. Jinja Public Libraries,
  8. Masaka Public Libraries,
  9. Mbarara Public Libraries,
  10. Kabale Public Libraries and
  11. Kabarole Public Libraries.

Other collaborative networks with state institutions that have regional libraries and documentation centres are being used as part of the main channel for dissemination of CE materials namely;

  1. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), 9 Regional Offices
  2. Inspectorate of Government (IGG), 14 Regional Offices
  3. Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), 32 District NGO Fora

Website – www.cerc-ug.org
Website development has been undertaken and internet connections for the Resource Centre and the 11 public libraries have been established. The CERC website is www.cerc.ug.org can easily be assessed to download the civic education materials. Posters, fliers and facilitators handbooks are also being uploaded progressively on the system.

The website is providing an interactive online platform for civic education resources.

Achievements to date
1. One Stakeholders Meeting – to kick start the project.
2. Four Steering Committee Meetings – approving materials.
3. Four Technical Working Committee Meetings – developing CE materials.
4. Four sets of three Modules each produced together with the Facilitators Manual, Posters and flyers

a) First set of modules

i) Module 1 The Constitution
ii) Module 2 Citizenship
iii) Module 3 Human Rights

b) Second set of modules

i) Module 4 Democracy and Multiparty System
ii) Module 5 Good Governance and Service Delivery
iii) Module 6 Leadership and Accountability

c) Third set of modules

i) Module 7 Access to Justice
ii) Module 8 Gender
iv) Module 9 Local Government

d) Fourth set of modules

i) Module 10 Nationalism
ii) Module 11 Regional Integration
iv) Module 12 Land

5. 2 Regional Dissemination Meetings have been in Gulu, Mbale, Fort Portal and Kampala

''It is our civic responsibility to ensure effective participation of all Ugandan citizens in the country's development process. Let us access and share the CE with as many people as possible.''

WE SHALL REACH

UPIMAC is a nationally registered NGO that was contracted by DGF (Democratic Governance Facility) to implement the establishment of a Civic Education Resource Centre (CERC) in Uganda.

The Civic Education Resource Centre aims at:

  • Developing and disseminating civic education curriculum and materials
  • Encouraging the use of materials to ensure standardization and quality civic education
  • Instituting effective experience sharing among DGF civic education partners.

The CERC has its secretariat located at the following address:


UPIMAC Contact Details

Uganda Project Implementation and Management Centre (UPIMAC)
Head Office
Plot 133, Kira Road
Kamwokya, Kampala
Telephone No. 0414 530 694, 0752 832 290
Website: upimac website, Resource Centre Website
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Contact person: W.S.R. Nyabongo, Chief Executive Officer

The Civic Education Resource Centre is supported by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), a mechanism established by the governments of Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the Delegation of the European Union in Uganda to support the efforts of Ugandan state and non-state partners to strengthen democratization, protect human rights, improve access to justice and enhance accountability in the country.

The project was approved in March 2013, became effective in May 2013 and will end by June 2015.

Main functions of the CERC are:

  • To coordinate the production of a comprehensive standardized civic education curriculum based on 12 thematic modules.
  • To establish a functional, accessible and interactive online platform for civic education resources.
  • To ensure a well equipped and stocked library at the centre, National Library of Uganda and selected upcountry libraries: Nakaseke, Arua, Masindi, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and Kabarole
  • To disseminate the civic education curriculum and materials to DGF supported partners and other organizations.
  • To advocate for the mainstreaming of civic education in programs of key government ministries, departments and agencies.
  • To establish a functional network of DGF supported partners for exchange of experience and best practices.

Coordination and Management

The CERC operations are guided by 2 major committees:

Steering Committee:

There is a functional Resource Centre Steering Committee composed of state and non state actors to guide the development and approval of civic education materials.

The Steering Committee is composed of:

  1. Office of the Prime Minister – Ministry of Information and National Guidance (OPM)
  2. Judicial Service Commission (JSC)
  3. Electoral Commission (EC)
  4. Inspectorate of Government (IGG)
  5. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC)
  6. National Library of Uganda (NLU)
  7. Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
  8. Kabarole Research Centre (KRC)
  9. Human Rights Network (HURINET)
  10. Masindi NGO Forum
  11. African Youth Development Link
  12. DENIVA
  13. UPIMAC
  14. Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA)
  15. National NGO Forum (UNNGOF)
  16. Community Development and Child Initiative (CODI)

Technical Working Committee

The Steering Committee is supported by the Technical Working Committee (TWC) which is charged with the responsibility of developing the Civic Education materials. The Committee receives and reviews civic education needs, and accordingly develops the modules, facilitators’ manuals, stickers, fliers and posters.

This consultative exercise of developing the curriculum is demand-driven and participatory. The civic education materials are tailored to the needs of civic education learning.

The TWC Committee is composed of:

  1. Public Affairs Center (PAC), Benson Ekwee (Chairperson)
  2. Forum for Women in Development (FOWODE), Flavia Nabagabe Kalule
  3. Platform for Citizen Participation (PLACA), Deo Nyanzi
  4. Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG), Sarah Bireete
  5. Communication for Development Foundation (CDFU), Anne Gamurorwa
  6. Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Alice Nassaka
  7. National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Connie Kateeba, Josephine Lubwama and Patrick Ssembirige
  8. Uganda Law Society (ULS)

Civic Education Material Development

The TWC is supported by a team of experts from the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) who are leading the drafting exercise to ensure that the materials meet both youth and adult learning needs and the Uganda Law Society (ULS) who ensures that the contents are factual and legally accurate based on the Constitution and other applicable laws.

The development of CE materials (modules) was undertaken in a phased approach and was completed in one year. The process of developing materials was informed by the results of a baseline survey on democracy, human rights and accountability conducted by DGF in May 2013, and on needs assessments of individual Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in their areas of operation concluded in May / June 2013.

The materials developed under the theme of ‘’Civic Education For Effective Participation of Ugandan Citizens’’ include:

  • Civic Education Modules
  • Facilitators’ manuals
  • Posters, Flyers and Stickers

The posters, flyers and stickers were translated from English into the following 17 local languages:

  1. Luganda,
  2. Runyoro / Rutooro,
  3. Runyakore / Rukiga,
  4. Acholi,
  5. Lango,
  6. Madi,
  7. Kakwa,
  8. Lugwere,
  9. Sapiiny,
  10. Lumasaba,
  11. Ateso,
  12. Lugbara,
  13. Lufumbira
  14. Kiswahili,
  15. Lhukonzo,
  16. Akarimajong and
  17. Lusoga

Accessibility of Civic Education Materials

To increase access to civic education materials, the National Library of Uganda (NLU) in Kampala and selected 11 district public libraries are being utilized namely;

  1. Nakaseke Telecentre,
  2. Arua Public Library,
  3. Masindi Public Library,
  4. Lira Public Library,
  5. Soroti Public Library,
  6. Moroto, Public Library
  7. Jinja Public Library,
  8. Masaka Public Library,
  9. Mbarara Public Library,
  10. Kabale Public Library and
  11. Kabarole Public Library.

Other collaborative networks with state institutions that have regional libraries and documentation centres are being used as part of the main channel for dissemination of CE materials namely;

  1. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), 9 Regional Offices
  2. Inspectorate of Government (IGG), 14 Regional Offices
  3. Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), 32 District NGO Fora

Website – www.cerc-ug.org

Website development was undertaken and internet connections for the Resource Centre and the 11 public libraries established. These libraries were equipped each with one computer. The CERC website (www.cerc.ug.org) can easily be assessed to download the civic education materials that include Posters, Flyers, Stickers Modules and facilitators’ manuals. The website is providing an interactive online platform for civic education resources. The partner libraries have their website separately hosted on www.library.cerc-ug.org sub domain.

Achievements.

One Stakeholders' Meeting – to kick start the project.   

  1. Steering Committee Meetings – approving materials.
  2. Technical Working Committee Meetings – developing CE materials.
  3. Four sets of three Modules each produced together with their Facilitators Manual, Posters, Flyers and Stickers as part of the CE materials for each set of modules.

First Set

Module 1       The Constitution

Module 2       Citizenship

Module 3       Human Rights

Second Set

Module 4       Democracy and Multiparty System

Module 5       Good Governance and Service Delivery

Module 6       Leadership and Accountability

Third Set

Module 7       Access to Justice

Module 8       Gender

Module 9       Local Government

Fourth Set

Module 10     Nationalism

Module 11     Regional Integration

Module 12     Land

Regional Dissemination Meetings in Gulu, Mbale, Fort Portal and Kampala

These meetings were held and the outcome indicated that the materials are well received by the public and in high demand. This prompted the request to print a consolidated book containing all the modules. The printing was done and the distribution exercise is ongoing.

’It is our civic responsibility to ensure effective participation of all Ugandan citizens in the country’s development process. Let us access and share the CE with as many people as possible.’’

 

We Shall Reach

Foreword
I am glad to present the report on the stakeholders’ workshop held on 15th - 16th May 2013 at Hotel Africana, Kampala. The workshop was one of the key milestones in the implementation of the project to support the establishment of the CERC. As such, it kick started the process of implementing the project. This workshop represented a variety of stakeholders many of whom are engaged in the conduct of civic education in Uganda and these are:
12 CSOs contracted to implement CE interventions in various parts of the country.
State actors including those mandated by the Constitution and other laws to conduct Civic Education.
Non-state actors engaged in the conduct of civic education.
Representatives from DGF

Representatives from UPIMAC contracted by DGF to implement the project and as such convened the workshop.

The workshop’s major objective was to acquaint all stakeholders with the implementation arrangement and facilitate collaboration and cooperation amongst all stakeholders and agree on the implementation framework namely the RCSC and TWC and the first three civic education modules to be developed.

I would like to appreciate the support by Uganda Human Rights Commission as an Institution mandated to formulate, implement and oversee civic education programs in the country. I would also like to thank the Democratic Governance Facility for the funding and guidance and finally, all workshop participants and facilitators for their contributions and commitment to the program.

UPIMAC pledges continued commitment to support the establishment of the Civic Education Resource Center (CERC) and facilitate collaboration and cooperation amongst all stakeholders.


WSR NYABONGO
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
UPIMAC


BACKGROUND
UPIMAC was contracted by DGF to implement a project to support the establishment of Civic Education Resource Centre. The centre will provide a framework for collaboration in the development, dissemination, and storage of civic education curriculum, materials and at the same time promote best practices. With regard to the development of the curriculum and materials, it will be done through modules so that for every three months three modules are produced and approved for immediate use by the CSOs. This project will be implemented alongside two other projects also funded by DGF. These are the community intervention project to be implemented by 11 CSOs and the mass media intervention to be implemented by CDFU.

In order to kick start this project this project, UPIMAC organized a stakeholders’ workshop to acquaint them with the implementation arrangements and facilitate collaboration and cooperation among them.

Objectives of the Workshop
The workshop was a major milestone in the implementation of the project and its major objective was to acquaint members of the CSOs that are implementing the civic education project with the implementation arrangements by UPIMAC. The workshop further aimed at the following:

Define the framework through which UPIMAC would collaborate with civic education providers in order to implement the project to establish a resource centre. This is in reference to the establishment and selection of members to constitute the Resource Centre Steering Committee and the Technical Working Committee and at the same time agree on the TORs of the two committees. The two committees will enable the CSOs to participate in developing of the materials through a participatory process.

Agree on the themes to be included in the civic education curriculum and determine the content of the three modules to be developed during the first three months.

Define expectations for the Resource Centre.
Determine the kind of civic education materials the Resource Center should develop.

Expected Results
The long-term expected results of the workshop was to enhance collaboration through sharing experiences, best practices and information among the CSOs themselves and also between the CSOs and the other actors (both state and non state) engaged in the conduct of civic education in Uganda. To this end the workshop was expected to result in the following:

Elimination of the feeling by other providers of civic education that CSOs facilitated by DGF in this project will compete with those already engaged in the conduct of civic education especially those mandated by law to do so.

Increased collaboration between the CSOs facilitated by DGF and the others engaged in the exercise.
Increased awareness by the DGF partners regarding the existence of materials produced by the other providers of civic education.

Workshop Venue and Date
A two-day workshop was held on 15th and 16th of May 2013 at Hotel Africana, in Mayanja Hall.

Participants
The workshop was attended by 40 participants  invited from the 12 CSOs that were funded by DGF to conduct civic education, state and non state actors engaged in civic education, representatives from DGF and staff from UPIMAC.

Workshop Program
UPIMAC together with other key stakeholders agreed on the workshop program  with key topics which were presented to the participants and generated healthy discussions.


OPENING SESSION

Opening Prayer
The workshop began with an opening prayer led by Ms Pamela Sinia.

Opening Remarks by Chairperson UHRC

The workshop was officially opened by Hon. Med S.K Kaggwa, Chairperson - Uganda Human Rights Commission. In his opening remarks , he observed that Civic Education had been conducted by different stakeholders (both state and non state actors) for many years, he however, noted that all these initiatives were done on a fragmented manner due to lack of a framework for coordination. He said that Human Rights Commission was concerned about this state of affairs and to address it, it spearheaded the development of a Civic Education Policy to form a basis for coordinated and harmonized civic education in the country. This initiative was as a result of a resolution drawn by the consultative meeting organized by Uganda Human Rights Commission in September 2011. As a result a Working Group had started on the task.


Mr. Kaggwa appreciated the initiative by DGF through UPIMAC to work hand in hand with the UHRC in coordinating and harmonizing civic education in the country. He welcomed the idea of establishment of a Civic Education Resource Centre but cautioned that the materials must be in line with the National Civic Education Policy being established by UHRC Working Group.

He reminded the participants of the UHRC’s mandate as stipulated under Article 52(1) of the Constitution of Uganda, among others the following:

Establishing a continuing program of research, education and information to enhance respect of human rights;
Creating and sustaining within society the awareness of the provisions of the constitution as the fundamental Law of the people of Uganda;
Educating and encouraging the public to defend the Constitution at all times against all forms of abuse and violation;
Formulating, implementing and oversee programs intended to inculcate in the citizens of Uganda awareness of their civic responsibilities and an appreciation of their rights and obligations as free people.

Therefore, in accordance with this mandate UHRC would play an oversight role to ensure that the project is well implemented and achieve its objectives.
 
Chairperson UHRC, Mr. Kaggwa giving his opening speech

Remarks by DGF Representative
In his remarks , Mr. Nicolas de Torrente, Manager, Deepening Democracy Component, and Democratic Governance Facility defined civic education as “the provision of information and learning experiences to equip and empower citizens to participate in democratic processes.” He explained that the objective of the civic education project was to promote constructive engagement with elected leaders and service providers using acquired civic knowledge. He disclosed that this started when DGF called for proposals aimed at:

Identifying and supporting a coherent set of innovative, effective and efficient methods to provide quality education on civic rights and responsibilities.
Increasing the coverage of civic education through accessing more Ugandan women and men, more areas of Uganda plus focusing on youth, women and other vulnerable segments of the population.
Promoting  constructive engagement with elected leaders and service providers using acquired civic knowledge

He revealed that after objectively analyzing the proposals, DGF selected:
UPMAC to implement the project to support the establishment of a Civic Education Resource Centre.
10 CSOs from Kigezi, Buddu, Ankole, Ruwenzori, Bunyoro, West Nile, Lango, Teso, Karamoja, Busoga, Luwero to implement community base interventions.
CDFU – to implement the media intervention through a radio drama called “Rock Point 256”
Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG) Intervention in tertiary institutions.

He summarized the functions of the Resource Centre as:
A development and production center of core civic education curricula and materials based on the Constitution and Laws of Uganda and in a participatory process.
A dissemination center of curricula and materials in DGF-supported projects (and beyond) with guidelines for fair use.
A repository of materials, strategies and experiences in civic education. In this regard UPIMAC would collaborate with National Library of Uganda (NLU) and other institutional resource centers. The materials will be stored as hard copies in physical locations as well as soft copies to allow for web based interaction.

With regard to the workshop he summarized its objectives as being to:
Define expectations for the Resource Center
Determine the kind of civic education materials the Resource Center should develop (format)
Determine content (themes) for the first modules
Define process/method for developing materials (RCSC and TWC)


PROJECT OVERVIEW BY UPIMAC

In his presentation, Mr. Nyabongo (CEO UPIMAC) gave the overview of the Resource Centre project as follows:

Project Justification
A few public & non-state functional libraries and resource centers countrywide address CE needs.
Poor access to civic education materials and information among all gender categories
Limited access to internet services and e-libraries.
Limited civic education materials.
No coordinated framework for undertaking civic education by state actors and non-state actors.
No (Known) civic education curricular.
Limited incorporation of international best practices in local civic education programs.
Duplication of civic education efforts in terms of geographical location, materials development, information dissemination.

Project Location
The CERC Project will be coordinated and directed by UPIMAC which will provide the Secretariat of all activities.
The National Library of Uganda in Kampala, the District Public Libraries upcountry will act as the main channel for dissemination of CE materials.
Collaborative networks with State actors that have regional libraries and documentation centers such as:
1. UHRC
2. Inspectorate of Government
3. District NGO Forums

Project Objectives
To establish a Civic Education Resource Center that will develop and disseminate civic education curricula and materials, and to institute effective experience sharing among DGF civic education partners.

The major strategic objectives:
A functioning CERC
Developing Curricula and materials for the CE programs
Training methods identified and developed
Good working relations among stakeholders established,
Sustainable sources of CE resources established.

Target Population:
Employees and staff of participating civic education organizations.
Academia (researchers, university/college, higher Institutions of learning, students, scholars, etc)
General public of all gender categories:  women, youths, men, persons in hard-to-reach and stay areas, PWDs, the elderly, the poor, rural and urban dwellers,

Project Goal
Develop and disseminate civic education curricula and materials, and actively encourage their use.
 
UPIMAC CEO presenting his paper at the workshop


Key Outputs
Functional, accessible and interactive online platform for civic education resources.
Well equipped and stocked Resource Centre at UPIMAC, the National Library of Uganda (NLU) and 11 upcountry libraries.
Functional RCSC composed of state and non state organisations to guide the development and approval of civic education materials.
Dissemination of civic education curricula and materials to DGF-supported partners and other organisations.
Functional network of DGF supported partners for exchange of experiences and best practices, both at national and regional levels.
Approved comprehensive, standardised civic education curriculum based on 12 thematic modules.
Production, translation and printing of the civic education curriculum (handbook), fliers, posters and other relevant materials.
Distribution and stocking of hard copies of civic education curricula and materials in 9 UHRC regional offices, Electoral Commission district offices and 14 IGG regional offices (Mukono, Soroti, Tororo, Mbarara, Moroto, Mbale, Kabale, Lira, Masaka,  Jinja, Hoima, Gulu,  Arua, Fort Portal), Parliamentary library,  University libraries and other institutional libraries.

1. Organization of consultative workshop with all stakeholders to kick off Resource Center  Project
2. Development of guidelines for mainstreaming civic education in development planning and budgeting
3. Organization of  two dissemination meetings for government ministries and non state actors
4. Purchasing of equipment: Internet server, one computer for the 11 NLU libraries and 5 for the Resource Centre Secretariat at UPIMAC; furniture and fittings at the UPIMAC secretariat and extension offices.
Development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation system for program outputs.
5. Website development and internet connections for the Resource Center and the 11 NLU libraries.
6. Organization of quarterly Resource Center Steering Committee meetings.
7. Organization of (8) Technical Working Committee meetings for curriculum development.
8. Translation of the curriculum and materials (flyers and posters) in 7 languages.
9. Printing of 4,000 copies of Hand book, 10,000 copies of fliers and 12,000 copies of posters
10. Organization of 6 regional meetings in 4 regions for DGF partners to disseminate and discuss the curriculum (2 modules per meeting).

Organization of a regional annual experience sharing  workshops for DGF partners (4 regions)
Organization of 4 advocacy meetings with government ministries, departments and agencies for mainstreaming of civic education
Development of guidelines for mainstreaming civic education in development planning and budgeting
Organization of  2 dissemination meetings for government ministries and non state actors
Development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation system for program outputs.


Some of the material donated by existing resource centers


Project Implementation Structure

1. Resource Centre Steering Committee

  • Proposed Composition:
  • UPIMAC (1)
  • Uganda Human Rights Commission (1)
  • Judicial Service Commission (1)
  • Inspectorate of Government (1)
  • Electoral Commission (1)
  • Ministry of Information and National Guidance (1)
  • NLU (1)
  • Four (4) members nominated by CSOs engaged in the conduct of civic education; at least one member shall be a lady and the other a youth. (Preferably from Networks and NGO Forum)
  • Five (5) members nominated by CSOs funded by DGF

Function
To receive and review drafts of the curriculum and materials from the Technical Working Committee and agree on the content. The committee shall advise and guide the Technical Working Group through the secretariat on any matters of adjustment and or changes in the curriculum

Meetings
Meetings of the RCSCs will be convened by UPIMAC which will provide the required administrative support. The meetings will be held quarterly.

2. Technical Working Committee
Composition
UPIMAC
Three Experts from the NCDC
One representative nominated by the Uganda Law Society.
Two Representatives from CSOs funded by DGF one of whom shall be a woman.

Function
To receive, review civic education needs and develop civic education by DGF supported CSOs.

Meetings
Meetings of the TWC will be convened by UPIMAC which will provide the required administrative support. These meetings will be held twice quarterly.

Curriculum Development
The curriculum to be developed should be guided by 5 key principles namely:
Comprehensiveness
Inclusiveness
Cost effectiveness
Relevancy
Continuity

The curriculum should embody rigor and high standards and create coherence in what is taught to the citizens ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to acquire core knowledge in the subject disciplines.

Contents should be factual/legally accurate based on the Constitution and other applicable laws.

This consultative exercise of formulating a new curriculum is to be demand- driven and participatory, materials tailored to the needs of civic education learning.

The exercise is to be supported by a team of experts drawn from NCDC, ULS and the civic education practicing experts from CSO through a Technical Working Committee.

PRESENTATION ON ADULT EDUCATION LEARNING METHODS BY DGF

Professor J. Kwesiga presented a paper  on enhancing Adult Learning Methods in which he noted that:

Adult life and development is complex and goes through phases, changes, adaptation and learning. Hence adult educators and learners must have an insight into how all this affects adult learning and adult personality.
A facilitator working with adult learners should know not only who an adult is, but how to ‘work’ with him/her to promote adult learning. Generally, when do adults learn best and what are the implications for the quality of facilitation
There are many Adult Education methodologies that a facilitator can draw on, depending upon the situation and objectives of the learning event, as such, an innovative facilitator can design or create own methodologies.

The presenter said that there are many reasons why participatory methodologies are becoming popular they include the following:
Adults are knowledgeable, experienced, hold views-sometimes strong on issues being discussed. Above all they understand their communities best.
Gives them a chance to learn from each other, share experiences and build consensus on the way forward.
In doing so, they revisit their attitudes, form new ones, making it easier to work with others’ in a strengthened, empowered community.
This enhances ownership of the decisions made and hence commitment to fight for their rights.
Enhance skills in sharing, processing ideas, analysis and strategic positioning
It breaks down social barriers as participants gain confidence

With regard to adult learning methods he stressed the under-mentioned points to answer the question: “When do adults learn best?” i.e. when:

Their experience and opinion are sought and respected
The issues being addressed are relevant to their issues.
They are involved in the selection of the learning topics and in the design of the learning process.
The learning process is participatory, creative fun, playful and builds self esteem and collective goodwill.
They learn with others.
The learning process begins with and draws on what they already know.
The learning process is culturally and contextually attuned and gender aware.
The learning process takes into account political, social and economic realities.
The learning process is active and enables people to act on their learning and to reflect on their actions.
The learning process engages multiple human senses and utilizes different media such as role plays, photos, games, audio-visual presentations, case studies, personal testimonies.
They have confidence in the learning facilitator

The environment is conducive to learning:
Emotionally and physically safe
Timing that suits participants
Appropriate learning materials and equipment
When it requires a lot of adjustment
When what they learn can be put to immediate use
The facilitator is knowledgeable of the subject matter.


GROUP DISCUSSIONS: DAY ONE
Participants were divided into groups to discuss the TORs of the two committees namely RCSC and TWC as proposed by UPIMAC. The participants approved the TORs but agreed that one cannot be a member of two committees simultaneously. It was further agreed that membership on TWC from CSOs funded by DGF should reflect the four regions of Uganda namely west, east, north and central.

PRESENTATION ON GENDER ISSUES

DGF Consultant on gender, M/s Pamela Okille a presented a paper on Gender Issues in Civic Education  in which she defined civic education as the provision of information and having experience to equip and empower citizens to participate in democratic processes. The overall goal is to promote civic engagement and as such should result in action.

She stressed that Gender Equality was a central factor in civic engagement since appreciating gender was a key element in civic education programs. She observed that women, especially those in the rural areas were faced with peculiar challenges and these challenges must be taken into account during the design of the civic education methodologies and materials.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS: DAY TWO
Participants were divided into four groups to discuss and report  on four topics namely:
Expectations for the Resource Centre
Format of materials to be developed
Themes for the first modules
Processes / methodologies for developing materials

Group discussion

Below is a summary of the presentation from the group discussions.
Expectations for the resource center
Timely delivery of CE materials by the Resource Center.    
CE materials must be accurate sufficient, easy to read, and preferably translated into local languages.
Needs assessment required

Format of Materials to be developed
Simplified and translated copies of the Constitution.
Civic Education Source Book translated
Filers and posters
Facilitators/Training Guidelines in English
Billboards  or Banners

Themes for the first three modules
Human rights
Citizenship
Leadership and accountability

Process / Methodology for developing materials
Step 1: Needs assessment at partner’s level
Step 2: Collect available materials and assess their relevancy (In-depth analysis of the materials)
Step 3: Adopt and seek permission to reproduce collected relevant materials that are in line with partner methodologies
Step 4: Establish mechanism for quality control steering committee
Step 5: Pre-test the materials among communities

 


RESOLUTIONS
After presentations by the groups, a general discussion followed and the participants resolved as follows:

Approved the TORs of the RCSC and TWC as proposed by UPIMAC on condition that one cannot be a member of both committees at the same time.
RCSC be composed of members from at least three categories of organizations engaged in the conduct of civic education namely CSOs funded by DGF, other CSOs and state actors mandated by law to conduct civic education. The agreed members were as follows:

1. ACORD
2. Kabarole Research Centre (KRC)
3. Community Development and Child Initiatives (CODI)
4. Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA)
5. Human Rights Network (HURINET)
6. Uganda Women Network (UWONET)
7. National NGO Forum
8. Africa Youth Development Link (AYDL)
9. Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA)
10. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC)
11. Judicial Service Commission (JSC)
12. Inspectorate of Government (IGG)
13. Ministry of Information  and National Guidance
14. National Library of Uganda (NLU)
15. Electoral Commission (EC)
16. Uganda Project Implementation and Management Centre (UPIMAC).

That membership on TWC from CSOs funded by DGF should reflect the four regions of Uganda namely west, east, north and central and hence the under mentioned were selected as members:

1. Benson Ekwe -- Public Affairs Centre (PAC)
2. Sarah Bireete -- Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG)
3. Alice Nassaka -- Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)
4. Anne Gamurorwa -- Community for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU)
5. Nabagabe Flavia Kalule -- Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)
6. Deo Nyanzi -- Platform for Citizen Participation and Accountability (PLACA)
7. 3 (Three) experts -- National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC)
8. 1 (One) expert -- Uganda Law Society (ULS)
9. 3 (three) secretariat staff -- Uganda Project Implementation and Management Centre (UPIMAC)
10. The Technical Working Committee should finalize the first three proposed modules, namely:

Human rights
Citizenship
Leadership and accountability


WAY FORWARD
Produce the workshop report and circulate it to participants.
Schedule meetings for RCSC and TWC and circulate to members.
Collection and review of existing literature i.e. the abridged version of the Constitution.
Preparation / development of the Needs Assessment Tool and share it with stakeholders
Establish an immediate link with the National Civic Education Policy TWG process.
Organize for a gender workshop for participating organizations.

CLOSURE
The workshop was closed by Mr. Bakalikwira J.J, Assistant Commissioner, National Guidance, OPM.

UPIMAC is a nationally registered NGO that was contracted by DGF (Democratic Governance Facility) to implement the establishment of a Civic Education Resource Centre (CERC) in Uganda.

The Civic Education Resource Centre aims at:

  • Developing and disseminating civic education curriculum and materials
  • Encouraging the use of materials to ensure standardization and quality civic education
  • Instituting effective experience sharing among DGF civic education partners.

The CERC has its secretariat located at the following address:


UPIMAC Contact Details

Uganda Project Implementation and Management Centre (UPIMAC)

Head Office
Plot 133, Kira Road
Kamwokya, Kampala
Telephone No. 0414 530 694, 0752 832 290
Website: upimac website, Resource Centre Website
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Contact person: W.S.R. Nyabongo, Chief Executive Officer

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The Civic Education Resource Centre is supported by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), a mechanism established by the governments of Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the Delegation of the European Union in Uganda to support the efforts of Ugandan state and non-state partners to strengthen democratization, protect human rights, improve access to justice and enhance accountability in the country.

The project was approved in March 2013, became effective in May 2013 and will end by June 2015.

 Main functions of the CERC are:

  • To coordinate the production of a comprehensive standardized civic education curriculum based on 12 thematic modules.
  • To establish a functional, accessible and interactive online platform for civic education resources.
  • To ensure a well equipped and stocked library at the centre, National Library of Uganda and selected upcountry libraries: Nakaseke, Arua, Masindi, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and Kabarole
  • To disseminate the civic education curriculum and materials to DGF supported partners and other organizations.
  • To advocate for the mainstreaming of civic education in programs of key government ministries, departments and agencies.
  • To establish a functional network of DGF supported partners for exchange of experience and best practices.

Coordination and Management

The CERC operations are guided by 2 major committees:

Steering Committee:

There is a functional Resource Centre Steering Committee composed of state and non state actors to guide the development and approval of civic education materials.

 The State Actors:

  1. Office of the Prime Minister – Ministry of Information and National Guidance (OPM)
  2. Judicial Service Commission (JSC)
  3. Electoral Commission (EC)
  4. Inspectorate of Government (IGG)
  5. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC)
  6. National Library of Uganda (NLU)

The Non State Actors:

  1. Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
  2. Kabarole Research Centre (KRC)
  3. Human Rights Network (HURINET)
  4. Masindi NGO Forum
  5. African Youth Development Link
  6. DENIVA
  7. UPIMAC
  8. Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA)
  9. National NGO Forum (UNNGOF)
  10. Community Development and Child Initiative (CODI)

Technical Working Committee

The Steering Committee is supported by the Technical Working Committee (TWC) which is charged with the responsibility of developing the Civic Education materials. The Committee receives and reviews civic education needs, and accordingly develops the modules, facilitators’ manuals, stickers, fliers and posters.

This consultative exercise of developing the curriculum is demand-driven and participatory. The civic education materials are tailored to the needs of civic education learning.

 The TWC Committee is composed of:

  1. Public Affairs Center (PAC), Benson Ekwee (Chairperson)
  2. Forum for Women in Development (FOWODE), Flavia Nabagabe Kalule
  3. Platform for Citizen Participation (PLACA), Deo Nyanzi
  4. Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG), Sarah Bireete
  5. Communication for Development Foundation (CDFU), Anne Gamurorwa
  6. Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Alice Nassaka
  7. National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Connie Kateeba, Josephine Lubwama and Patrick Ssembirige
  8. Uganda Law Society (ULS)

Civic Education Material Development

The TWC is supported by a team of experts from the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) who are leading the drafting exercise to ensure that the materials meet both youth and adult learning needs and the Uganda Law Society (ULS) who ensures that the contents are factual and legally accurate based on the Constitution and other applicable laws.

The development of CE materials (modules) was undertaken in a phased approach and was completed in one year. The process of developing materials was informed by the results of a baseline survey on democracy, human rights and accountability conducted by DGF in May 2013, and on needs assessments of individual Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in their areas of operation concluded in May / June 2013.

The materials developed under the theme of ‘’Civic Education For Effective Participation of Ugandan Citizens’’ include:

  • Civic Education Modules
  • Facilitators’ manuals
  • Posters, Flyers and Stickers

The posters, flyers and stickers were translated from English into the following 17 local languages:

 

West Nile

    Madi
    Kakwa
    Lugbara

North

    Acholi
    Lango

North East

    Ateso
    Ng'akarimojong

East

    Lumasaba
    Lugwere
    Lusoga
    Sapiiny

Central

    Luganda

West

    Lhukonzo
    Rufumbira
    Runyoro / Rutooro
    Runyankore / Rukiga

Country Wide

    Kiswahili

Accessibility of Civic Education Materials

To increase access to civic education materials, the National Library of Uganda (NLU) in Kampala and selected 11 district public libraries are being utilized namely;

  1. Nakaseke Telecentre,
  2. Arua Public Library,
  3. Masindi Public Library,
  4. Lira Public Library,
  5. Soroti Public Library,
  6. Moroto, Public Library
  7. Jinja Public Library,
  8. Masaka Public Library,
  9. Mbarara Public Library,
  10. Kabale Public Library and
  11. Kabarole Public Library.

Other collaborative networks with state institutions that have regional libraries and documentation centres are being used as part of the main channel for dissemination of CE materials namely;

  1. Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), 9 Regional Offices
  2. Inspectorate of Government (IGG), 14 Regional Offices
  3. Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), 32 District NGO Fora

Website – www.cerc-ug.org

Website development was undertaken and internet connections for the Resource Centre and the 11 public libraries established. These libraries were equipped each with one computer. The CERC website (www.cerc.ug.org) can easily be assessed to download the civic education materials that include Posters, Flyers, Stickers Modules and facilitators’ manuals. The website is providing an interactive online platform for civic education resources. The partner libraries have their website separately hosted on www.library.cerc-ug.org sub domain.

 Achievements.

One Stakeholders' Meeting – to kick start the project.   

  1. Steering Committee Meetings – approving materials.
  2. Technical Working Committee Meetings – developing CE materials.
  3. Four sets of three Modules each produced together with their Facilitators Manual, Posters, Flyers and Stickers as part of the CE materials for each set of modules.

First Set

Module 1       The Constitution

Module 2       Citizenship

Module 3       Human Rights

Second Set

Module 4       Democracy and Multiparty System

Module 5       Good Governance and Service Delivery

Module 6       Leadership and Accountability

Third Set

Module 7       Access to Justice

Module 8       Gender

Module 9       Local Government

Fourth Set

Module 10     Nationalism

Module 11     Regional Integration

Module 12     Land

 Regional Dissemination Meetings in Gulu, Mbale, Fort Portal and Kampala

These meetings were held and the outcome indicated that the materials are well received by the public and in high demand. This prompted the request to print a consolidated book containing all the modules. The printing was done and the distribution exercise is ongoing.

’It is our civic responsibility to ensure effective participation of all Ugandan citizens in the country’s development process. Let us access and share the CE with as many people as possible.’’

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