The Centre for Lifelong has been able to extend its operations to South Sudan for the first time after having successfully bided to provide capacity building trainings to administrative staff of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The first of the training workshops was conducted from 13– 22 August at UNMISS, Malakal. The next workshops will be conducted in October at UNMISS stations in Juba and Torit.
The training aims to build the capacity of national staff of UNMISS to perform better in their current functions as well as successfully compete for jobs outside the United Nations. It is hoped that on completion of the training, staff will be able to actively participate in the UNMISS mandate which aims to consolidate peace and security consequently establishing conditions necessary for sustainable development in South Sudan.
The Coordinator Centre for Lifelong Learning, Dr Willy Ngaka, said Makerere University’s strong record in research, teaching and learning in Africa enabled the Centre to successfully bid for the project. “This project will ensure the College of Education and External Studies continues to advance important and innovative benefits for its national and international stakeholders, Dr Ngaka said. “The process was competitive and as such is an indicator of the standing of Makerere University in the African context, as well as our effective engagement with partners.”
Participants were trained in the areas of records and data management, advanced office management and procedures, communication skills, protocol and public relations, drafting skills, report writing skills, time management, E-mail etiquette and practical review and training according UN correspondence manual. The use of experiential and active learning experiences allowed participants to connect new knowledge with their existing understanding.