Recess Term activities officially launched - Students urged to change their mindset and be innovative
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has officially launched the recess term activities at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo as a routine exercise to equip students with practical skills by turning theory into practice.
Over 120 students in the fields of Agriculture, Food science and Horticulture are to undergo their training at the institute over a period of eight weeks. The students were dispatched on the May 28, 2012 after sitting theoretical exams.
Dr. Okori Launching the recess term activities at MUARIK
Speaking during the launch ceremony on June 4, 2012, Dean School of Agricultural Sciences Dr. Patrick Okori advised students to look at problems as opportunities that existed time immemorial calling for their thinking on how to solve them.
Dr Okori described Kabanyolo as the land of plenty, if properly utilized would be a turning point in the lives of the students. He said over 100 academic and non academic staff was expected to teach and give knowledge advising students to desist from any kind of despising.
” I plead with you to humble yourself and be taught. As Makerere our mission is to produce innovative graduates and innovations and as a parent, every child should be better than their parent and as a lecturer, my student should be richer and do more things to the development of the country.” He said
Farm Manager Gartrude Naakubuza advising students as other staff look on
He told students that the university expects to see young entrepreneurs with a changed mindset capable of seeing beyond what they see to help in addressing the problem of unemployment saying, over 80% of the youth in country are the educated unemployed youth because of their mindset.
He said the college was committed to offering time to help students who were committed to use their heads to produce and learn how to live on their own. “We are doing three things, research, teaching and production and we are looking at the top gun students, creative thinkers who can be grown into entrepreneurs”.
He asked students to be partners in mindset transformation, cooperate with staff and provide feedback on how to improve on the practical teaching. He also challenged them to demonstrate their willingness to work and self initiative if they are to become entrepreneurs. “Out of this recess term, let’s receive project proposals and if we fail to get money, you challenge us” He tasked the students.
Part of Kabanyolo farm workers attending
He pledged the college commitment to address the issues of teaching quality, attitudes, practicals and student welfare to give student value and to ensure that everybody is doing their best.
The function was also attended by CAES Staff, including , Recess term coordinators, Director MUARIK and CAEC, Farm manager and workers and student leaders who urged students to be cooperative, respectful and mindful of their lives if they were to benefit from their recess term.