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Change Makers Lane; URDT Board Members Visit Professor Kwesiga

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Change Makers Lane; URDT Board Members Visit Professor Kwesiga


From left to right: Olivia Arinaitwe, a former URDT staff member; Ephrem Rutaboba, co-founder of URDT; Professor J.B. Kwesiga; Dr. Mwalimu Musheshe Ashoka Fellow, ARU’s Vice Chancellor; and Professor Joy Kwesiga, Vice Chancellor of Kabale University.

On March 23rd, 2024, The Board Members of The Uganda Rural Development and Training Program (URDT), the mother organization of African Rural University (ARU), paid a courtesy visit to Professor J.B. Kwesiga and his wife, Professor Joy Kwesiga, at their home in Ntungamo.

Professor Kwesiga is a long-time colleague and a founding member of both the URDT Board and the ARU Council.

According to ARU’s Vice Chancellor Dr. Mwalimu Musheshe Ashoka Fellow who was part of the memorable visit, Professor Kwesiga’s association with URDT  began in the early 1980s when he served as the Director of the Center for Continuing Education at Makerere University.

Professor Kwesiga’s Dedication to Rural Transformation

‘’It was during my postgraduate studies in Adult Literacy that I first had the privilege of meeting him. Professor Kwesiga, along with three other esteemed Makerere professors – Ddungu, Opio, and Kakooza played a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for URDT. Together, they conducted a critical baseline survey in 1988, paving the way for the organization’s future work in Kagadi Sub District (then part of Hoima District).” added Dr. Mwalimu.

Professor Joy Kwesiga expressed her delight at receiving the delegation, which included Ephrem Rutaboba (URDT’s co-founder who traveled from Kigali), Olivia Arinaitwe (a former URDT staff member), and Dr. Mwalimu. She commended them for maintaining their strong bond and expressed her heartfelt wishes for ARU’s continued growth, particularly towards obtaining a university charter.

By Joseph Odoi

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