According to Bryn Styles, the head of Rotary Peace Centres the centre will provide hands-on experience to complement coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict.
Rotary International Vice President Olanyika Babalola signs an MOU with Makerere University's Professor Barnabas Nawangwe. Looking on is Xavier Francis Sentamu, the Uganda and Tanzania District Governor and Bryn Styles, the head of Rotary Peace Centres
first Rotary Peace Centre in Africa has opened at Makerere University.
Under the new Peace Centre which is to be hosted by the Makerere’s College of
Humanities and Social Sciences, Rotary and Makerere University will start
offering a postgraduate certificate program to peace and development leaders
who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges
to peace in the region.
According to Bryn Styles, the head of Rotary Peace Centres in the world, the centre will provide
hands-on experience to complement coursework that addresses topics including
human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict.
He further argues that other studies will focus on refugees and migration, as
well as resource and identity-based conflicts.
The program is designed to accommodate working professionals with at least five
years of proven experience in the areas of peace and development. Two cohorts a
year each with 20 fellows will be admitted.
Olayinka Babalola, the vice president, Rotary International Board of
Directors says they spend approximately 18.5 billion shillings on all its peace
Makerere University joins six other peace centres across the world including;
the University of North Carolina and the Duke University in the United States,
International Christian University - Tokyo, Japan, University of Bradford- West
Yorkshire, England, University of Queensland- Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
and Uppsala University- Uppsala in Sweden.
“I do not have the specifics for Makerere University but you know we are going
to be having 40 graduates every year and it will depend on where they will be
coming from but we shall cover their travel costs, tuition, and feeding. It’s
all-inclusive. But annually, we spend about USD 5million on our peace centres,”
says Babalola, the Rotary International Vice President.
The online application will be available in February 2020. Babalola says there
is no country without conflicts and that as such, the peace centre comes to
create a critical mass of peace builders and mediation experts.
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According to the Rotary International vice president, the year-long program in Peace building,
Conflict Transformation and Development will emphasize issues and solutions
that are of particular relevance throughout the African continent and beyond.
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Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded scholarships for dedicated peace and
development leaders from around the world to study at any of its seven peace centres
For the past more than 15 years, Rotary Peace Centres have trained over 1,300
individuals for careers in peace building in more than 115 countries, and
program alumni serve as leaders in both governmental and non-governmental
agencies, international organizations.
Representing Lorna Magara, the head of the Makerere University Council,
Professor Sarah Ssali said Peace is a prerequisite of attainment of social
order which is a primary condition for sustainable development.
“Conflict ridden societies/ societies with no peace experience typical
disruptions in business operations, suffer unreliable social services and
persistent social problems such as poverty, hunger and inequality,” says
university council representative.
She added that establishment of the peace centre provides Makerere with an
opportunity to provide research leadership and capacity development in a
critical topic of development.
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Francis Xavier Sentamu, the District Governor for District 9211 which includes
Uganda and Tanzania. He said they were humbled to receive and host the first
peace centre on the entire African continent.