NASWU Monthly Update- May 2015

May 2015 Updates

NASWU conducted a final feedback session on the Social work Issues paper on the 9th may at Makerere University “The issues paper is  a  research commissioned  by NASWU early this year ,with  Dr. Janestic M Twikirize of the Department of Social work  – Makerere University as the technical lead . The objective of the research was  to highlight key areas of Social work in Uganda; particularly the gaps, opportunities and most importantly the cost of non-prioritization of social work in Uganda, to form  a basis for advocating for the legal frame work that recognizes Social work profession and its role in social welfare and social development  of Uganda .  The required law will  among others things regulate the conduct of social workers  and promote the profession.

The participants in this session included the NASWU president, Mr. Charles Draecabo, the Coordinator -National Child protection working group,  Mrs. Agnes M Wasike,  the REPSSI Country representative – Mr. Micheal Byamukama, Unicef – Social policy specialist- Mr. Willbroad Ngambi,  Social work lecturer at Kampala International University – Mr. Paul Enest Ochen and NASWU National Coordinator;Irene Nafungo , and  NASWU Social worker  Rogers Niwamanya and  Student  Representative  –  Gerald Okiria. Overall  members rated the  issues paper research draft report as strong on  the critical issues  of : Social work training- gaps, work force particularly  social work employment /deployment, lack of a legal framework that provides for the function and  resourcing  – this was compared to other African countries with similar history, highlighting the cost of non prioritization, and therefore the need for a law – The team recommended that the final issues paper report will be out by end of May 2015 – Watch this space for the final  report

 2. NASWU Secretariat Embarked  on a Nationwide NASWU awareness drive targeting University social work students as a  follow-up on the recommendation of the recently concluded students conference and dialogue held in the Social work week 11-17th March 2015. Where it was agreed that all social work students must subscribe to NASWU as a professional body, in order to benefit from its activities but also build a strong   constituency for advocacy   The students are encouraged to subscribe, and participate in NASWU activities for example write topical issues in social work and send them for publication, attend the conferences and meetings whenever they are  invited.

3. NASWU  also  started a  Social work field work/internship mentor ship program, a tripartite arrangement  between Universities, the social work agencies  and NASWU , to try to add value  in the field work practice through a well coordinated  field placement program for social work students. NASWU will support the students to get the right field work experience by placing them with the right   agencies and offer additional supervision to students but also support the host agencies on the key methodologies and principles that promote learning. There will be targeted breakfast professional meetings with CEO, and their Program managers and Human Resources departments, for continued engagements that support the growth of this program.

4. Four NASWU members completed highly rated two weeks intensive Child protection training offered by Makerere University and sponsored by TDH. The beneficiaries included  NASWU Members from the  partnering universities including Kampala International University  Social work Lecturer – Mr. Paul enest Ochen,  Okiria Gerald – Student  Uganda Christian University Mukono , M/S Kedress Tugumisiriza Lecturer social work – Bugema University  and  the NASWU coordinator – Irene Nafungo

By Irene Nafungo-    NASWU Coordinator  29th May 2015

  Feedback session consultations

Feedback session consultations

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