Learners need to be mentally prepared

The National Planning Authority has come out with the projection that over 30 per cent out of 15 million learners that were in school before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda are likely not to return to school and this translates into 4.5 million learners across the different education levels

Strengthening democracy is a civic burden for all

Many Ugandans are willing to compromise on democratic principles for partisan goals. Some are even willing to resort to violence to help their side win. Extreme dislike for the other side has grown significantly in recent decades, and may also erode commitments to democratic principles.

Early childhood education is key

The government revamped and started operating this programme in 2013 and launched it in 2016 where a lot was promised to prepare children for school years. However, less effort has been employed for the smooth running of the programme

Parish Development Model should address the issue of weak Local Council courts

In May 2021, Parliament approved the implementation of what is known as the Parish Development Model (PMD) and it will roll out in the financial year 2021/2022. According to the Ministerial Policy Statement, the Parish Development Model is a strategy for organising and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level as the lowest economic planning unit.

Vaccination is the secret to our resilience

If government doesn’t vaccinate Ugandans, the pandemic will continue. According to the Minister for Health, Dr Ruth Acheing, “we are not responding to the pandemic at the speed that we should”, wealthy countries are hoarding the vaccines and yet because of its global impact, Covid-19 ideally should be treated on a global response other than single-nation response.

Parties should address challenges

Today, there are a number of challenges restricting political parties from performing effectively. First, there are the restrictions imposed by the external, legal and constitutional framework. This uneven playing field is attributed to a couple of issues.

Strong political parties are necessary evil

President Museveni’s dislike for political parties is not a secret. He banned political parties once he captured power in 1986 and only allowed to have them back on the scene after failing to contain the dissent within his Movement system.

Amplify office of Leader of Opposition

In 2005, following increasing opposition from within the Movement and external pressure from donors, President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM), campaigned for a return to multi-party politics in a referendum.

Is national unity possible in Uganda?

In the past weeks, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the National Unity Party (NUP) respectively held leaders’ forum meetings in preparation for the next parliament to plan strategies for service in the next August House.

How govt can safely open kindergartens

Kindergarten children have missed stimulating, learning opportunities and social interactions. With the reduction in Covid-19 cases and the availability of the vaccine, it would be most appropriate for all actors if the ministry prioritised in the vaccination of the teachers and people in the business of operating the early childhood development centres to allow them to operate.