The mindset of youth today on the purpose of education

This post is in reaction to the propositions made by Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen during the first team meeting of the Challenging Categories project and that were captured in short video titled: "Education is justice, education is excellence." Click here to watch and listen to it. We first want to agree with the statement made … Continue reading The mindset of youth today on the purpose of education

Video: Dr. Ocen on Employment, Under-employment and Unemployment

Employment, under-employment and unemployment, according to Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen the Co-Investigator on the “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youths as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda” Research Project, are frequently defined by the expectations of those that sponsor candidates through education (parents, government, etc.) and to a lesser extent the candidates themselves. Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen … Continue reading Video: Dr. Ocen on Employment, Under-employment and Unemployment

Creativity is needed in the dissemination of academic research

"In his thesis, "Reading Monuments: Politics and Poetics of Memory in Postwar Northern Uganda”, Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen presents monuments as material objects located on former sites of war to remember experiences of mass killings and abductions only.By so doing, other equally important experiences of war such as hunger, infant and child mortality, disease, beatings … Continue reading Creativity is needed in the dissemination of academic research

Video – Education is Justice, education is excellence

In this video Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen, the Co-Investigator of the “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youths as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda” Research Project opens by quoting three Greek Philosophers - Socrates, Aristotle and Plato - “Education is justice…education is excellence.” Two realities that continue to evade women of rural Uganda and indeed of the … Continue reading Video – Education is Justice, education is excellence

Dr. Laury Ocen among Uganda’s valuable resources – thinkers who write

"A society that stigmatizes other societies with the view of preserving its own values is not only perpetuating hostilities, but also alienating itself from very useful discoveries about the world beyond their frontiers." Dr. Laury Ocen. How so profound his wisdom, especially in today's Uganda when ethnic divisions are seemingly overtly intensifying. Indeed, the most … Continue reading Dr. Laury Ocen among Uganda’s valuable resources – thinkers who write

Video – What is useful knowledge and what may be useless knowledge

Families. Communities and Government invest a lot in training youths through formal education with the perceived end that they will become active contributors in community and family development. Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen giving a presentation at the first team workshop of our Challenging Categories Research Project. The reality is that this investment, however sustained, is … Continue reading Video – What is useful knowledge and what may be useless knowledge

A grassroots communique on effective mentoring

"I am really happy that Dr. Ben Jones has reprogrammed my mindset and has made research more relaxed and very interesting," shared Innovator Jimmy Ezra Okello. Innovator Jimmy Ezra Okello and Innovator Robert Oluka relaxing in Ngora. Further insight into how and why Dr. Jones has succeeded in positively impacting our lives was provided by Innovator … Continue reading A grassroots communique on effective mentoring

Video – MD’s Weekly Episode 1 – Challenging Categories Project Up-date

“As the Managing Director of CPAR Uganda, I am delighted to share with you that our innovative, cutting age, research and advocacy project is off the ground. We have been in the field for about four months now collecting data on the whole idea of challenging categories – educated unemployed youth as institutional innovators in … Continue reading Video – MD’s Weekly Episode 1 – Challenging Categories Project Up-date

Aguti observes how the ‘Big Man’ in Teso is one who can ‘shake mangoes’

Some time ago, as I was growing up, as a young girl, a ‘big man’ in Teso was classified as one who possessed a lot of wealth in form of large herds of livestock; extensive land; married many wives; had homesteads and granaries of food stuffs; and had produced many children. This has changed in … Continue reading Aguti observes how the ‘Big Man’ in Teso is one who can ‘shake mangoes’