Students received guidance on the values of various cultures, talent development
As students in universities and colleges devote a greater percentage of their time and resources to their respective professional careers, the need to appreciate and value culture as part of society helps shape professionals who value the different norms of society.
In the University, the students come from different regions and countries and are only brought together as academicians seeking to become professionals and then will join the society where they have to respect the different cultures and norms of the society.
“It will be very difficult for someone to work with people whose culture, societal norms and settings are not appreciated. Students should learn to identify with different cultures and learn to engage with and learn to respect the diverse cultures of our society,” a member of the university council and chairman of the planning and development council of the University of Ndejje, Dr Charles Kayigiriza.
Students should also learn to take an interest in activities that promote different cultural values as a means of promoting talent. We see very good dancers; musicians among other talents that can help students achieve greater heights. You can progress in music in addition to your respective professions, he adds.
The annual college galas that have been going on for 10 years have been a hub for identifying and nurturing talent. Students learn skills outside of the normal classroom skills that help them shape their respective futures in a world that has become global and demanding.
“We have our former student, Ms. Sandra Nabaggala, who excelled in nature appreciation and competed for the Eastern Region, Ms. Tourism. She is the 1st Finalist of the Eastern Ms Tourism and actively involved in identifying and promoting talent in addition to his professional career as a journalist,” adds Dr. Mary Wanda Mutyaba, Academic Registrar of Ndejje University.
Mr. Emmanuel Makoha, a second-year engineering student in an interview with the Daily Monitor on Saturday, said the cultural gala brings memories home and is a way to refresh the body and brains from daily academic work. I was able to see and appreciate the various cultures including that of the Kalenjin of Kenya. The Kalenjin share the culture of male circumcision with my home region in Bugisu, he said.
The Rwenzuru region won the 10and Ndejje University Cultural Gala with 273 points followed by Baganda at 267 points, Basoga at 265 points in a competition that drew Langi, Banyoro / Batoro, Bamasaba, Bagwere, Kigezi, Banyankole, Ateso, S. Sudanese, Kalenjin , Rwandan, West Nile and Acholi regional groupings.