Preparation for IFSW Africa region conference on “high gear”

Mr. Rory Truell general secretary IFSW pays a courtesy visit to organizing committee IFSW Africa region conference 2019

After winning the bid to host the IFSW Africa region conference to be commemorated under the theme “Social Work in Strengthening Human Relations for Social Economic and Political Transformation”,the government of Uganda through the ministry of gender labour and social development in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda speed up activities to mark the success of the event

In the last meeting of the National Organizing committee convened at MoGLSD 7th floor board room, where several partners including (UNICEF, WEI/Bantwana, AVSI, UNESCO, SRHR Alliance Uganda,TASO, Child’s i foundation, Makerere University, CRS among others) were in attendance, the chairperson Mr. Mondo Kyateka (Assistant commissioner youth and Children affairs MoGLSD) informed the members that  the ministry is committed to providing stewardship for the success of the conference and thanked them for the high levels of commitment and resources received..

The four days’ event that is slated for 28th to 31st October 2019 will be held in Speke Resort Munyonyo beginning with a general meeting for social work leaders in the region. As part of the preparations, the committee in charge of accommodation has provided a list of hotels nearby to applicants/participants from where they can be able to make reservations either directly or contact the committee to make reservations on their behalf

The organizing committee is also working closely with SRH Alliance to organize a youth event on the 28th of October 2019. According to Olgah Namakuzah, the Youth Country Coordinator-SRH, the alliance is very glad to have partnered with NASWU and several other organizations to support such a big international event. “As SRH, we shall work to ensure that members of the alliance join efforts to support this noble” course she added

In an update from the conference secretariat delivered to International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), Mr. Michael Byamukama, the president NASWU confirmed that 10 social work association presidents in Africa have been invited for the conference. “We have written to the presidents and so far the confirmation is amazing, some of them have also promised to come with members on their committees; so we are optimistic that we are going to have a very fruitful and successful IFSW conference in Uganda for the first of its kind”. He said

While giving an update from the IFSW secretariat, Dr. Taibu Azah, the conference coordinator revealed that in collaboration with Makerere University department of Social Work and Social Administration 111 abstracts have so far been reviewed and accepted for presentation during the conference and invitation letters have been sent to these persons. However, 65% of these abstracts are from delegates outside Uganda and therefore encouraged organizations and individual social workers within the country to write abstracts and directly send to coordinator@ifsafricaregionconfrence.org by 30th September 2019

Two key note speakers have confirmed participation; Ruth stack from United Kingdom and Dr. Angelo McClain a USA based social work veteran; please view their profiles and check for more information relating to the conference by clicking www.ifswafricaregionconference.org.

As NASWU, we call upon members of the association, social work practitioners, government institutions and CSO among others to own the conference that will contribute to the national agenda that focuses on continuously expanding and strengthening social work practice for improved social service delivery. It’s also aligned to the national policy frameworks notably the social sector development plan 2015-2020 and the national social protection policy among others.

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