APPRECIATION TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKS IN UGANDA (NASWU)Makerere University Social Work Lecturers rest after the Social Work Walk.
I take this opportunity to thank NASWU for creating space for us to communicate and exchange social work related ideas on face book. I think that just saying thank you will never repay your kindness. First and foremost, words cannot express my feeling, nor my thanks to NASWU staff, supporters and sponsors for starting the National Association of Social Workers in Uganda. I urge fellow social workers to give back what NASWU is giving us. Do not keep quiet. At least, be verbal in acknowledging your appreciation of NASWU. Furthermore, if you like and support NASWU and give its staff and members a positive reputation to uphold, you can help them to become better than they think they are.
Now that we have platform on face book, I believe that we shall be able to share social work information, that is, questions, opinions, challenges and opportunities among others. More so, we can chat and network on social work concerns and make helpful friends. Too, we can create group discussions for uplifting social work activities or use face book for conducting short meetings. Consequently, those who have smart phones can be updated with social work updates. Consequently, the face book platform will help us to find our old friends and colleagues who we have lost contact. We can connect with them online for the purpose of standing up for social work. It is exciting to discover that on this plat form one can find fellow social workers with their names or email addresses. I, therefore, beseech NASWU staff to use it to make NASWU more popular because face book allows NASWU to target social workers and other people of specific age, location, geographic location and interests.
I kindly request NASWU to establish how many social workers are in Uganda today. To discover how many have a Diploma, a Bachelor’s Degree and a PHD in social work. How many professors do we have? For how long has the average NASWU member has practiced social work? And how much do they earn per year? It seems that up to now, there are a few or no social workers managing hospice, mental health care, gerontology, family therapy, school social work and child welfare in Uganda.
Additionally, I kindly request NASWU to help us establish some type of license or certification in social work in Uganda. Then we shall know how many social works hold advanced credentials from NASWU.
I am sure that with a strong NASWU, we can shape legislation and public policy that protects and strengthens the social work profession; promotes health, welfare and education; or in some way strengthens opportunities and social supports for individuals and families in Uganda for starters and beyond. Subsequently, we can help in protecting the public and ensure high quality social work services in communities.
That noted, however, I wonder how NASWU will enforce the Social Work Code of Ethics to improve regulation of social work in Uganda without using licensing? Equally, how will NASWU regulate social work practice? I beseech NASWU to provide extensive continuing education programs, including professional development conferences and if possible to create chapters in regions of Uganda. I am a Lecturer of Social Work. I visit the website of NASWU in search of some relevant academic and general social work materials. I, therefore, kindly request NASWU Staff, to if possible, annually publish numerous scholarly reference materials, or start a bi-annual professional social work journal, I hope, in future, to hear and participate in comprehensive research abstracts and perhaps a monthly newspaper, social work practice updates, newsletters, public education materials and other tools to improve social work practice in Uganda.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all the people working with NASWU. I believe that you all are working very hard. I would like to request you to continue. NASWU is so far doing an amazing job. I definitely know how challenging it is running an NGO like NASWU and appreciate the enormous effort put in by staff and stakeholders. I look forward to seeing what comes in the future and hope I am around in this life, long enough to connect with even a small portion of what is already on offer. God bless you.
From TUMWEBAZE Joshua,
Lecturer Social Work.
UCU Bishop Barham Campus
Edited by NASWU