NAWSU Celebrates World Social Work Day
On March 19th 2019, the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) in partnership with social work teaching institutions and agencies joined the global in commemoration of World Social Work Day. The events were hosted by Uganda Christina University –Mukono.
The day is an opportunity for social workers and others in the social service sector to celebrate their achievements as well as raise awareness and support for the important role social workers play in the lives of vulnerable families and communities.
The day calls attention to the need for further planning, development and support to the profession and social service sector.
NASWU used this opportunity to celebrate the work of emerging young social workers, rewarded institutional members and held discussions on the role of social work in strengthening human relationships with a key note address from Dr. Rosalind Lubanga, Associate Prof. of Social Work.
Dr. Lubanga noted that this day signifies the world’s recognition of social work profession and its contribution to human wellbeing and overall social and national development.
“It is a day to take stock and cerebrate our achievements as practitioners and educators for building and strengthening human relationships, meeting human needs and social development,” Dr. Lubanga said.
Adding; “I am thrilled to see students reaching out from their universities to provide psychosocial services to communities like those reported on in Bududa. This is important especially at this time of high unemployment of university graduates. Such exposure strengthens your practices skills including your ability to start non-governmental organizations to meet human needs while creating self-employment.”
During the presentation, Dr. Lubanga noted that the challenges of government resettlement program of flood affected persons in Kiryandongo also questions social work roles in this country. She said in future there is need for the National Association of Social workers of Uganda to write technical papers to guide programs such as the best way of approaching resettlement of people.
“We as social workers need to be proactive to respond and guide government, non-government organisations and society in general on all social issues that they may be baffled with,” she said.
Dr. Lubanga further noted that a day like this comes with its demands; the demand for more commitment to serve our communities with all our strengths, diligence, and professionalism.
Mr. Andrew Luyombo, the National Coordinator NASWU expressed a vote of thanks to UCU- Mukono for accepting to host the celebrations and all the universities present. He noted that social work comes in to make social systems function, to meet needs, solve problems, make use of existing societal opportunities and maximize their potentials. He urged all social workers to subscribe to the professional body so that they can be guided by professional ethical values and principles.
The Dean faculty of Social Sciences, Uganda Christian University Professor Mary Sonko, encouraged participants to take lead in empowering the weak in society and grow professionally through upgrading to postgraduate level and love their profession.