UMECS: The Center for Peace, Education and Development

  • Building Cultures of Peace
  • Transforming Youth Through Education
  • Fostering Community Development

UMECS: The Center for Peace, Education and Development
supports secondary school and higher education for children and youth affected by conflict and poverty in Uganda, and helps to build cultures of peace to prevent new wars. We seek solutions to problems that foster self-sufficiency, have systemic implication and are sustainable.

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  • Featured Peacebuilding Article

    Building Cultures of Peace to Prevent New Wars - Fixing the Roof Before It Rains

    A simple truth. If we don’t fix the roof before it rains, we get soaked when the rains come. The obvious solution: fix the roof before it rains.
    The person living with AIDS will testify: I should have prevented this preventable disease. The amputated diabetic is quick to say: I should have tested my blood sugar every year. The family of the firefighter who died fighting a forest fire laments: Why wasn’t this forest fire prevented!

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  • Featured Education Article

    Setting Ethical Standards for Global Education - Secondary education – not “basic education” – is the pathway out of poverty and exploitation

    On Friday 12th July 2013, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head in October 2012 while on a school bus, addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations Youth Assembly. Malala is the new face of girls’ education and July 12th, her sixteenth birthday was declared Malala Day at the UN.
    “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

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  • Featured Story: Augustine Okot

    Orphaned by the War, UMECS Student Champions HIV/AIDs Prevention, Graduates from University This Year

    Until the war came to his ancestral village, Augustine Okot’s childhood was filled with the joys and traditions of growing up in the picturesque parish of Olwo-ngu in rural Pader district in Northern Uganda. The second born of five siblings, Augustine grew up with an active family life, playing games with his age mates, learning to identify local birds and wild game, hearing the stories and proverbs of the elders by the bonfire at night, helping with family chores and enjoying traditional meals cooked fresh every day. Above all, Augustine’s parents were the center of his life. “I looked upon my father and mother for everything,” Augustine reflects. “They were my comforter, my strength.”

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  • Programme Update: Graduations

    Major Milestone: Six UMECS Students Graduate from Gulu University

    When UMECS anchored in the war zones of Northern Uganda in 2004, a brutal war was raging throughout the region. Children were being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced into child soldiering. Women were being raped and mutilated. Two million people had been displaced from their ancestral villages to squalid displacement camps. Massacres of civilians and massive deaths from diseases in the overcrowded camps were rife. Health and education infrastructure had largely collapsed. What was the future for society in Northern Uganda?

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  • Programme Update: Brenda’s Nursing Internship

    UMECS Nursing Student Brenda Ataro Interns at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

    This month, UMECS student Brenda Ataro, 19, is treating and counseling patients at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in Gulu, Northern Uganda as part of her practicum at Gulu School of Nursing. In August 2016, Brenda will complete her nursing programme and enter the nursing profession, bringing sorely needed nursing services to communities and medical facilities in Northern Uganda.

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  • Programme Update: Nursing Students Enrolled

    Four UMECS Nursing Students: Determined to Change Community Health Conditions

    When they were in primary school, Jenifer Rose Idilet, Kevin Aujo, Annet Adie and Vivian Agik dreamed of going to nursing school to become nurses. When they were in secondary school sponsored by UMECS in the Northern Uganda Education Programme, they set academic goals to qualify for admission to nursing school. Earlier this year, they reached their goals, having qualified for and been admitted to nursing school. On Wednesday 20th November 2013, their dreams came true. Continuing their educational journeys under UMECS sponsorship, Jenifer, Kevin, Annet and Vivian registered at Gulu School of Nursing and Midwifery, a fully accredited residential nursing programme.

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