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Three presenters from LivingStone International University (LIU), Mbale, Uganda
(L-R): Stephen Wamembo (fourth-year student), Deborah Nassanga (fourth-year student), and Filliam Efiti (Dean and Lecturer at School of Media Technology)

On October 27th 2016 Efiti Filliam, Nassanga Deborah, and Wamembo Stephen in Uganda conducted a webinar on Internship Program and Community Engagement. Efiti is an awardee of the Talloires Network's University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grant.

Filliam Efiti is the Dean and Lecturer at the School of Media Technology, LivingStone International University (LIU), Mbale, Uganda. Community engagement at the University centers around the Internship Program in which Filliam is the initiator and coordinator. This compulsory, credit-bearing Internship Program effectively stimulates the development and education of both students and communities. Some major community partners of LIU include Bungokho Rural Development Center, Jenga Center, and Good News Production International (GNPI). Ongoing projects have helped construct energy saving stoves for rural communities, train hair dressing and entrepreneurial skills for local young females, build public health and leadership capacity for both students and communities, and organize workshops on internship and leadership.

In this webinar, Filliam introduces his university and partnership with the local communities, Bungokho Rural Development Center and Jenga Community Development Center. He explains the approach, criteria, and objectives of their community-engaged internship program. Deborah and Stephen then elaborate how this internship program are beneficial to both students and communities. They show concrete examples, statistics, and images of their various projects such as construction of energy-saving stoves, video documentary shoot, income generation, community health and monitoring, and outreach to the needy.

Watch the webinar below and stay tuned for the next webinar from UETLA grantees!

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The Talloires Network invites you to join the discussion with our UETLA Faculty Support Grant awardee Filliam Efiti and his two students at the School of Media Technology and School of Business Administration, LivingStone International University (Mbale, Uganda) on the benefits, experiences, and challenges of internship partnering between the university and the local community.

When: 9-10 AM EST i.e. 4-5 PM Uganda time, Thursday October 27, 2016. Check your time zone here.

How to join:
1. Click http://bit.ly/2e69A5p at the time of the webinar. No RSVP required. 
2. In the WebEx window that opens, enter your name and email address.
3. Click Join to launch the WebEx virtual session. Note: You may be asked to download a plug in the first time you enter a meeting
4. To connect to Audio click the button Call Using Computer

Agenda:
1. Introduction by Filliam Efiti
2. Presentation by Debora Nassanga
3. Presentation by Stephen Wambebo 
4. Open discussion

Meet the panelists:
Filliam Efiti is the Dean and Lecturer at School of Media Technology, LivingStone International University. Professionally, he is a journalist and currently a PhD student in Communication and Media at Kisii University, Kenya. He has 25 years of experience in the field of media and community engagement ranging from African Development Bank Smallholders Agricultural Program in Uganda, Refugee Repatriation programs in Uganda and South Sudan with Danish Refugee Council, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Northern Uganda to Internship program entrenchment as solution to joblessness and community engagement in LivingStone International University. He will facilitate the webinar to discuss how the University’s Internship Program has ignited development in the community setting as well as provided optimum chances for interns to get employed and to create their own jobs.
Filliam will introduce how the combination of Internship Program and community engagement, a remarkable phenomenon in higher education, has helped community to become self-sustained while graduates have become more exposed and engaged. 

Deborah Nassanga is a fourth-year student at School of Media Technology. She coordinates Internship and Student-Community Engagement projects. She will continue this position until 2017. She leads 11 Media Technology students whose internship program relies on how to build attachment, intimacy and innovation in social and entrepreneurship with the communities through media, technology, and public communication (assertive communication style). They launched two major community attachment programs through meetings, practicum, and workshops. They are also shooting two documentaries this year in collaboration with community groups within Bungokho Rural Development Program.
Deborah held the position of Guild Speaker, and is well known for being a public speaker and community mobilizer in rural setting especially on health issues and community sustenance. She will present two practical cases of LivingStone International University's Internship Program: (i) workshop with communities on leadership and (ii) constructing energy saving stoves.

Stephen Wamembo is another fourth-year student pursuing Bachelor of Business Administration at Livingstone International University. He held several leadership positions which include but not limited to being Chairperson for Youth Ministry Bubulo Parish, Mbale Diocese Church of Uganda, General Secretary for Youth Leadership 2011-2016 of Manafwa Town Council, Minister for Academics/Disciplinary Affairs 2014-2015, Guild President of Livingstone International University 2015-2016, Student’s Mentor 2015-2016, Coordinator for Volunteering Club 2014-2016, Assistant Project Manager for English Club to support students from non-English speaking nations 2015-2016.
Stephen led the interns who were placed at Jenga Community Development Outreach (CDO) in 2016. He was involved in community engagement in health programs, entrepreneurship, and training community leaders and developing relations with the communities. He will present three practical cases of the Internship Program: (i) income generation for parents living with HIV and care givers of orphans, (ii) community health and monitoring, and (iii) outreach to the street children and remand home.

We look forward to seeing you in the webinar!
If you have any questions, please contact trang.vuong@tufts.edu

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Meet the Engaged Faculty Cohort for 2016

Announcement

In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, the Talloires Network announces the winners of the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa Faculty Support Grants. We are pleased to host an international Selection Committee that chose the 10 grantees and two honorable mentions from a pool of 28 applicants from seven countries in Africa. The cohort represents some of the most unique and innovative programs in university-community engagement.

Please join us in welcoming the winners. Every month members of the cohort will post reflections and short writings on their work as engaged faculty at their home institutions in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Sudan, and Egypt. 

About the Faculty Support Grant Program: Seeks to support the ongoing learnings of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative, launched in 2012 to catalyze change in the way universities across the globe prepare their students for economic life after graduation. The purpose of this program is to support those efforts by documenting the work of university education for transformative leadership at African institutions, with an emphasis on outcomes of education strategies for youth leadership and employability. It also seeks to reinforce the broader goals of the Talloires Network and strengthening participation in the Community of Practice: TNConnects.net. The program aims to reinforce the Talloires Network 2014 Call to Action, by “expanding and strengthening university efforts to prepare their students for civic and economic participation and active citizenship – to educate students who are effective and successful global citizens.”

Grant Winners

- Elvis Akomoneh, Department of Health Sciences

Saint Monica University, Cameroon

Saint Monica Health Center Franchise Project partnering with the Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon

The project was initiated in September 2013 and aims at developing a franchise system, whereby graduates of the Saint Monica University (SMU) nursing and physician assistant programs will be able to establish health centers across the country, especially in underserved areas, thereby providing much needed health care in remote areas, while providing jobs for these health care professionals and strengthening the local economy.

- Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas, Faculty of Pharmacy

Rhodes University, South Africa

Maternal and Child Health partnering with St. Mary’s Development and Care Center 

This initiative focuses on the Millennium Development Goals which address infant and child mortality and maternal health in South Africa. The program identifies maternal health issues of women in rural villages and seeks to provide educational interventions for healthy mothers and children.

- Efiti Filliam, School of Media Technology

LivingStone International University, Uganda

Internship partnering with the Bungokho Rural Development Centre

This innovative internship program gives Ugandan students opportunities to gain relevant experiences in their career field and exposure to determine if they have genuine interest in the field. It gives students the opportunity to have a “hands-on” experience with modern and contemporary practices in a dynamic economic work environment.

- Martina Jordaan, Department of Informatics

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Community-based Project Module partnering with the Stanza Bopape Health and Community Centre

This is a flagship module of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria. It is an eight-credit module (80 hours) offered on an open-ended and project-orientated basis. It gives all undergraduate students a structured, educationally sound experience in community engagement, service-learning and reciprocity with a community organization. Learn more on the program YouTube and Facebook.

- Phumelele Eleanor Kunene-Ngubane, Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement

Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa

MUT Student Volunteerism Project partnering with the Ikamva Youth Organization

Founded in 2013, the project encourages students to be involved with community initiatives on a voluntary capacity. It seeks to create graduates who are responsible and conversant in community ethics.

- Anthony Leone, The Rhetoric and Composition Department

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

The Quartet of Course and Civic Engagement Conference Project partnering with the African Hope Learning Center

This annual project involves four academic courses with a semi-annual conference on civic engagement held at a partner university in Beirut, Lebanon. The project, which includes the Quartet and the Conference, all work together to enhance the opportunity for students to become active citizens who are agents for community change. And the project represents a manifestation of the sincere belief in the relationship between good scholarship and human development.

- Rwida Matar, School of Management Studies

Ahfad University for Women, Sudan

Creating Opportunities for Youth Employment partnering with the Babiker Badri Scientific Association for Women Studies

This program prepares students of all levels with soft skills to effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds. The ethical leadership component teaches student to examine their views, values and biases in order to respond effectively to situations arising from diversity in their communities. It offers skills training to promote positive interactions and create awareness and encourage the use of community resources.

- Janice McMillan, Centre for Higher Education Development

University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Deliberate Pedagogy in the Community: Developing Citizen Leaders in Higher Education partnering with the Development Action Group

Founded in 2010 as a commitment by the University of Cape Town to grow active, global citizens with a commitment to work for social justice, citizenship and leadership.

- Olive Mugenda, School of Applied Human Sciences

Kenyatta University 

Kenyatta University Growing Leaders Programme partnering with Brilliant Technologies

The programme aims at inculcating transformational leadership skills and positive attitudes in young people, in preparation for their life after school. This is done by encouraging innovativeness and the ability to adapt in the world outside class and the vision to create own opportunities to advance both self as well as others in the society.

- Dina Wafa, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Future Generations in Economic Development in Egypt and the Arab Region partnering with CARE-Egypt

This program strengthens economic advocacy of students at all levels in Egypt and the Arab region, focusing on access to information, creating a participatory approach and public policy reform.

 

Honorable Mentions

- Ayman Ismail, School of Business, Department of Management

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

AUC Venture Lab: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Egyptian Entrepreneurs partnering with Nahdet el Mahrousa

V-lab was established as an entrepreneurial incubator for students and non students that educates youth leaders in the form of entrepreneurs principles of running a startup successfully towards becoming effective and successful global citizens using university faculty and facilities.

- Lourens Botha Grove, UP Law Clinic, Procedural Law, Faculty of Law

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Practical Law / UP Law Clinic

This experiential learning course enables students to engaged practical legal experience in nearby communities by providing free legal services. 

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