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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