The National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs (NSPC), Office of The President has organized a one-month patriotism development course for students who sat for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 2014.
The training in patriotism development was launched by President Yoweri Museveni in 2009 consistent with Objective XXIX (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995).
The course whose venue is Uganda Police Training School, Kabalye in Masindi district commences on 30th April, 2015.
According to Lt. Col. Henry Masiko, the Commissioner for Patriotism Clubs Office of the President, admission of participants begins at 1000hrs and closes at 1800hrs.
NSPC works with Resident District Commissioners (RDC), Office of the President and Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports in running patriotism development programs in the country.
Each district has coordinators who are teachers in secondary schools.
The RDCs assisted by district coordinators will select the participants on following criteria: students who were very active members of the patriotic clubs in their schools, Students whose examination results qualify them for admission to post-secondary institutions of learning – minimum of 10 points, Gender sensitivity – boys and girls and Citizens of Uganda.
“We are targeting to receive 1,200 participants for the training. Each district has been allotted number of participants to send determined by school density in the district,” Matsiko observes.
“Patriotism means great love for and willingness to defend one’s country. It defines the duties, responsibilities and obligations of a citizen to his or her country.”
He said the training is aimed at inculcating the norms and values of patriotism among students and youths of Uganda, have the participants appreciate the core values and spirit of patriotism – love for Uganda, hard work, unity, service to community and love for self, train them in leadership skills as they are soon to assume positions of responsibility in society and enhance discipline, productivity, healthy minds and lifestyles through physical exercises, elementary parade drills and introduction to plant and animal husbandry.
“We also want to promote cultural values, traditions, performances and songs and performances and introducing them to basic security and self-defense skills, including detection of terrorism signals.”
While at Kabalye, the students will be taught a comprehensive history of Uganda, sensitised on constitutionalism and governance, Laws of social development (political economy) and operations of the laws in society (socio-economic formations) so far experienced by humanity and Philosophy – the science of understanding natural and human phenomena to think and make decisions.
They will also dive into; Financial literacy for mindset change, Regional integration and Pan-Africanism, combating corruption, New trends in HIV/AIDS, Vision 2040, Statistical trends of Uganda’s economy and Environmental and wildlife fauna and flora conservation.
The Office of The President has thus appealed to all parents and stakeholders to “cooperate in this programme so as to build patriotism in our youth, turn them into useful citizens who will cause prosperity in Uganda”.