Uganda: Face the future with confidence, Archbishop tells convocation

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Many people are struggling to get highly educated because the competition for jobs is too high. It is not surprising in Uganda that local artisans fetch more money than an office employee. What advice can you give to a Ugandan Graduate?

The theme for the 19th Graduation Ceremony for the students of Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, on 14 and 15 November was “God has better plans for you: Face the future with confidence.”

A total of 1,441 students were announced successful graduands in the various fields of study – 333 received masters degrees, 766 bachelors degrees, seven post graduate diplomas, 327 ordinary diplomas and eight certificates.

The function started with a Holy Mass led by Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu Catholic Archdiocese, who is also the University Chancellor.

Uganda Martyrs University was started by the Catholic Church on Oct 18, 1993 and it is one of the leading private universities in Uganda. Many people now prefer universities that have religious footing because apart from their sound academic excellence, they don’t compromise discipline.

God will give them a successful future, yet they must not just relax but must pray to him for jobs, good life and for more education but above all for God’s salvation.

In his homily which he based on Jeremiah 29:11-14 Archbishop Odama assured the graduands that God loved them and so had supported them through that long journey in their pursuit for education and therefore he cannot let them be idle in the outside world they would now enter. He went on that God has good plans in store for each of them and will give them a successful future.

He added that even if God promises a good future for them, they must not just relax but must pray to him for jobs, good life and for more education but above all for God’s salvation.

always to try for a life that glorifies God by exercising real integrity and high moral character… offering effective and efficient services to the people

He advised them always to try for a life that glorifies God by exercising real integrity and high moral character. They, he went on, should exhibit the knowledge they have attained from the university through offering effective and efficient services to the people.

One of the students who graduated was Mutebi Douglas Jjemba, a son to Mulondo Lezhein Peker, a Ugandan writer in this news paper. He graduated with a Masters degree in Agro-Ecology. Douglas explains his area of study as the study of how the organisms interrelate within and with their environment and how they themselves and their environment affect each other. He says that having knowledge in this field enables one to determine which crops do well in which type of soil, what diseases attack which kind of crops and how best they can be prevented. He says also that his course of study further enables one to know how soils can be improved for better yields of crops.

In Uganda, the thirst for high education is very high. Many people are struggling to get highly educated because the competition for jobs is too high. This scenario therefore calls upon the educational institutions to offer courses that provide their learners with skills for job creation and self employment. It is not surprising in Uganda that local artisans fetch more money than an office employee.

By Mulondo Lezhein Peker