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About commonwealthug

CPAUG is a non-governmental organization founded in June 2005 and formally registered in Uganda in December 2005 as an NGO to promote the Commonwealth in Uganda and in April 2008 as a company limited by Guarantee. CPAUG is headed by an Executive Committee and is run by a Secretariat of four full time staff headed by the Executive Director. CPAUG in the last six (6) years has been implementing several programmes focusing on information advocacy with the target being young people in and out of school. The organization works in collaboration with key stakeholders in government, civil society, academia and the private sector. Its main source of funding is grants and donation complimented by membership fees and contributions from the directors. The main funders over the past have been DANIDA (2008), GoU represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2010), the Commonwealth Foundation (2008 & 2011), the UBUNTU Foundation (2009-2010), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2009), UCC (2007), UNDP Uganda (2008), NDA (2012). The GoU has been very supportive to our initiatives over the years. The main sectors of operation of CPAUG are: promoting of the values of the Commonwealth focusing on information advocacy. We do this through debates, workshops, lectures, mini-youth summits and seminars; promotion of the UN system (MDGs), the Commonwealth; areas of target being human rights, good governance, policy advocacy, youth empowerment, skills development through ICT4D, health systems (malaria and nutrition), climate change and the environment and network building and the target groups are mainly the youth in and out of school, rural women, local governments, private sector and the media. Its membership stands at 264 as per June 2012 both individual and institutions. CPAUG is working in Uganda and collaborates with other youth actors (NGOs) in the East African region (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi) and its been the lead NGO on taking stock of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Tunis 2005 outcomes and the Geneva 2003 Action Plan in Uganda since 2007 as a global coordinator of the UN GAID Community of Expertise on Youth Social Technopreneurship (GAID-CoE) http://www.un-gaid.org/tabid/929/Default.aspx since 2008 that replaced the WSIS Youth Caucus. www.facebook.com/commonwealthuganda

The 4th UN Global Road Safety 2017 Campaign in Uganda launched, by State Minister for Transport, Uganda

State Minister for Transport, Hon. Vincent Bagiire calls for the promotion of safer and reliable road networks in Uganda to achieve middle income status. During the official launch of the 4 th UN Global Road safety 2017 campaign in Uganda with a theme save live, slowdown, the Minister of State for works highlighted the dangers of speed as the number one cause of road traffic injuries. He said that the government of Uganda as a signatory to the UN Decade of Action for Road safety, 2020 committed itself to the five pillars of the Decade and the country is making strides in improving the road networks to ease the movement pf goods and people inland and across borders but the focus must be put on having our road safe. Though Uganda’s loses 5% of its GDP due to road crashes, efforts are being made to see that the country continues to address such with efforts like Fika Salaama that since inception have yielded some results through the enforcing speed limits on key major highways this translating into change in the driver behavior while on the road.

Speaking at the same function, held on 26 th May, 2017 in Kampala, the WHO country representative Dr. Jack Abdoulie said that the UN has since the proclamation of the Decade been working with the Uganda government in providing technical support and this shall be continuous as road crashes have had far reaching consequences on achieving the global development goals. Dr. Abdoulie was impressed by the enthusiasm of young people by interesting themselves in the road safety campaigns. The function attracted several participants and it was graced by the team from the office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Road safety that was carrying out a road safety performance review in Uganda after such assignment in Cameroon.

The national country campaign is led by members of the Civil Society coalition on Transport is running until November 2017, shall be covering 12 districts across the country focusing on the dangers of speed on the road for all users.

Co-authored by:
Kiapi K. Freddie, Tom Bumuheire & Sam Bambanza
Members of the Civil Society Coalition on Transport

Up coming Events Feb.-April 2017

2017 will see the Commonwealth Association-Uganda (CPAUG) host the following youth events in Uganda from February-April 2017.

  1. The Official launch of the Commonwealth Life Skills Initiative #CSKILLS4U in Mbale co-organized by the Uganda National Parental Forum -UGAPAF-Stakeholders’ Forum on National Issues from a parental perspective Parental Roles in Values Empowerment (PROVE-Uganda) that seeks to build a strong bond of society through parenting, and Bangoma Integrated Development Association-BIDA a farmers advocacy group based in Mbale. The launch will take place on 10th Feb. 2017 starting at 9am-1245pm @UMU-Mbale Campus. Focus is on the youth and Uganda’s middle income status 2020 vis-a-vis Uganda VISION 2040.
  2. The  3rd NMS Health Lecture dubbed “the Population & Health Youth Summit” to be held in Kabale at St. Mary’s College on 10th March 2017 starting at 9am -4pm with a Parents/Teachers Session and a students summit.
  3. The Commonwealth Peace Week 2017 to celebrate the 2017 Commonwealth Day starting from 13th-18th March 2017 in Uganda. This years theme is “A Peace-building Commonwealth: Promoting SDG 16.”
  4. The Commonwealth Life Skills Youth Camp 2017 for secondary, university and other tertiary institutions students on 7th-8th April 2017 in Mbale at Nkoma SSS-Mbale district starting t 9am-5pm each day. Focus is on the youth and Uganda’s middle income status 2020 vis-a-vis Uganda VISION 2040, SDGs (UN Agenda 2030).                    For details please do contact CPAUG Secretariat Tel: 256 414-577017 Email: commonwealthrcedu@gmail.com 

CPAUG to host The 3rd Population & Health Youth Summit on 26th Nov. 2016 at St. Mary’s College-Rushoroza-Kabale Municipality

As CPAUG concludes the celebrations of its 10  Anniversary in 2016, it wants to
use this summit to continue engaging the NMS to interact with the youth, teachers and parents in sharing information about general health-medicine, their responsibilities in line with the NMS mandate. In addition, as recommended by the General Manager, NMS that more schools be invited to participate in the future events, CPAUG is expecting at least 10 secondary schools in Kabale District Kigezi Region to participate in the Summit. The event is expected to attract around 400 students (teachers, parents and students).

The purpose of this activity is to continue engaging the youth in playing their role as
health promoters and community ambassadors as they constitute
population. The 2016 theme for the Youth Summit will be “The Role of NMS in achieving the Health SDGs and Uganda VISION 2040”.

Aims and Objectives:
a.  To share information with the students and / or youth about the work of NMS ;
b.  To rally the students in discussing health and population related issues as per the SDGs & Uganda VISION 2040;
c.  To inform the students about their health responsibilities in regards to medicine & Drugs; and
d.  To encourage the students in participating in any health promotion campaigns in and around their school communities;

This activity is made possible by the support of the GoU through the National Medical Stores (NMS) and it will be held on 26th Nov. 2016 in Kabale Municipality and Co-organized by Parental Roles in Values Empowerment (PROVE-Uganda)

Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018

The Commonwealth Secretariat is pleased to invite nominations and submissions for the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018. The Awards recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of education professionals and bodies that have made a difference to learners’ lives through innovative education and learning for development initiatives and practices.

The Fifth Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards were launched at the Secretariat’s headquarters to invite applicants from Commonwealth countries to highlight their good practices in education and to encourage, reward and generate enthusiasm within the education sector.

Any organisation, whether public or private, including Commonwealth ministries of education, educational institutions and civil society organisations advising in or delivering education and learning in Commonwealth countries can nominate themselves or be nominated. The formal and non-formal education sectors span from early childhood education to adult education, including primary, secondary and tertiary education, technical and vocational education and training, and skills development.

A good practice submission must be a policy, programme, project or strategy that has made a positive difference to learners, whether children, young people or adults, or to the education system of a Commonwealth member country in respect of one or more of the five categories for 2018.

Categories
  • Category 1: Eliminating gender disparities in education, especially for girls and women.
  • Category 2: Delivering quality education and learning in difficult circumstances.
  • Category 3: Education and learning to improve employment opportunities for young people.
  • Category 4: Education as a powerful response to climate change.
  • Category 5: Education and pathways to peace.
Application Criteria
  • Relevance: Contextual, socio-cultural and economically appropriate responses to the challenge of education delivery in a specific country.
  • Innovative: Displaying innovation in its approach, methods or outcomes.
  • Measurable Impact: Evidence that it has been independently evaluated and its impact assessed e.g. through qualitative and quantitative indicators.
  • Sustainability: Demonstrates its capacity or potential in delivering sustainable benefits for society, and in making substantial contribution to the education sector.
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness: Demonstrates efficient and cost effective use of resources in its implementation.
  • Knowledge Exchange and Participation: How it contributes to knowledge exchange, successfully communicates its objectives, approaches and findings to stakeholders, and encourages community and civil society participation, ownership or contribution.
  • Replication: The extent to which the initiative is replicable in other Commonwealth countries and can advance good practice within the sector and/or influence policy agendas promoting good practice.

Reminder: Entries should be clear and comprehensive, and should clearly describe how good educational and learning policies or practices have been implemented and what has been achieved.

Winners will be awarded at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) in Fiji in 2018.

Submissions must be received by 15 February 2017 and should be sent by e-mail to educationawards@commonwealth.in and/or posted to: The Co-ordinator, Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards, Health and Education Unit, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom.

More information is available in the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018 information brochure which can be found on this page, or by contacting the Co-ordinator, at educationawards@commonwealth.int.

– See more at: http://thecommonwealth.org/media/news/commonwealth-education-good-practice-awards-2018#sthash.6IEWLkuS.dpuf

Adopted from the Commonwealth Secretariat, 2016

CPAUG Hosts the 1st ever Electricity Consumer Protection Forum -E-Forum

With Support from the GoU through the Electricity Regulatory Authority-ERA & the Rural Electricity Agency-REA with technical support from the Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd.UETCL, the Commonwealth Association -Uganda -CPAUG hosted the 1st ever #ElectricityOpenForum-E-Forum in Mbale targeting the youth in and out of school, private sector, media, GoU-MDAs, civil society and electricity consumers.

The theme of the forum was Strengthening Safety: Saving Energy towards a conducive Ugandan Home by 2040” and it was attended by around 2000 participants mostly students. This is the 1st and several shall be held across the country to have the citizenry

discuss the underlying challenges o the sector and their consumer rights.

RE: #Day for Remembrance of Accident Victims 2016

Appeal #DayforRemembranceofAccidentVictims2016. If you have had or ever experience a road accident them its time to join the #SavekidLiveswithroadsafety campaign team in Uganda to give back and help the #roadaccidentsvictims in UG@54 from 15th-18th Nov. 2016.
 
The team shall be visiting Kawolo Hospital, Mulago and Nkozi but we need your help to donate or support us with medical suppliers and consumables to the victims & their families and the hospitals. Medical & sanitary like gloves, Gause, liquid soap, brushes, brooms, toilet papers, bed sheets, wool and consumables like sugar, bathing soap, are need for 30 families from each health facility. any donations both material and kid call 0414577017 or CISCOT Coordinator- Mr. Ahumuza J.Vianney; Tel:0779364080, Email: enquiries@ciscot-uganda.com for details.

‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ – our theme for 2017

Peace-building will be the Commonwealth’s theme for 2017, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced today.

The theme informs events to mark Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday in March, and helps to guide activities by Commonwealth organisations throughout the year.

A Peace-building Commonwealth’ is a natural follow-on from this year’s theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”

In 2017, Commonwealth Day will be celebrated on 13 March. Individuals and groups are encouraged to draw inspiration from and interpret the theme in their own ways, for example by organising a community debate or art competition.

At CPAUG@10 We shall be hosting a commonwealth debate focusing on the youth and peace-building on 13th March 2017 in Kampala.

Keep you posted and please share your views on the theme via our social media platforms