The First Annual international Conference on Education, Sciences and Social Sciences got underway yesterday at the IUIU female campus at Kabojja.
The Opening day was dominated by powerful presentations from the Keynote Speaker Prof. Amidu Sanni from Fountain University Osogobo, Nigeria as well as from the University’s Rector Dr. Ahmed Kawesa Ssengendo.
Prof. Sanni called for stronger partnerships between African Universities to leverage the limited resources in many of the universities on the continent.
Prof. Ssengendo also delivered an insightful presentation on the need for a paradigm shift in the education system across the continent.
He argued that African universities need to outgrow the colonial education system that emphasises passing of exams.
Dr. Ssengendo made the case for embracing a values-based education system as the key to address challenges such as rampant unemployment.
Dr. Ssengendo argued that African universities have yet to address the binding constraints of under development facing their communities because they are out of touch with the communities they serve.
He called for the creation of a regular forum between the top leadership of universities and the Head of State as the best way to influence decisions including changing the curriculum.