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