Located at the Heart of Kampala is Victoria University, one of the new and growing Social Work training institutions that officially joined the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU). Upon registration with us, we were honored to visit the institution and interact with Social Work students and staff in our effort to motivate and boost Social Work education in the institution.
During the visit, Dr. Aza Taiba encouraged Social Work students to value the Social Work education they are perusing if they are to their community. She also encouraged them to finalize the formation of a Social Work students Association since it will ease mobilization of Social Work students for National Social Work events.
The President Mr. Charles Draecabo tasked students to imagine if all professionals were paid the same amount of money and had the same admission points would they be still be perusing to be Social Workers? This he said with emphasis to promote Social Work efficiency of Social Workers even after University. He informed members that NASWU is currently developing a training manual for Social Work students on what he called “Soft skills” which include the following; Report and minute writing, presentation and communications skills among others that would boost on their efficiency in the work place.
He also noted NASWU is currently advocating for the Social Work profession in the community where the community can be able to appreciate the role of the Social Work profession upon one identifying him/herself as Social Worker.
The visit was concluded with presentation of the Institutional Membership certificate from NASWU by the president to the University represented by the Dean faculty of Humanities following their fulfillment of the NASWU membership requirements.
NASWU is currently embarking on institutional and agency visits where we get to meet Social Workers and use such forums to assess the needs of Social Workers (both students and practitioners) and to provide the needed support.
Report compiled by
Programs Officer NASWU