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1/5/13: brief visit to Uganda

I've written before about the joy of working for the Aga Khan University and the strong sense of being part of a worldwide family.  Last week a small group of us went to Kampala for a brief trip - left on Wednesday and back on Friday - and this really exemplifies the point: from the Aga Khan campus in an Aga Khan car to the air port, then on Uganda Airlines (take a wild guess who the owner is!) to an Aga Khan car from Entebbe Airport to the Serena Hotel in Kampala, owned once again by my boss.  Meetings at the Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan Foundation.  So in three days barely stepped off Aga Khan property!

The main purpose of the visit was to host a dinner, in part to celebrate the success of our former students in Uganda, back there working as exemplary teachers, headteachers and Government officials.  A group of them came to join us, some having travelled for 14 hours to be there from the northern end of the country.  One spoke very movingly about the impact her time as a masters student has had on her teaching, making her more reflective and questioning, looking to use a wide range of teaching and assessment methods.

The event was looking also to engage key stakeholders - Government officials, principals of teacher training colleges and others - in promoting the masters programme to future students.  I came back with a pocketful of cards, not all of which were my own!  Whilst we were there for a very brief period, I formed a very positive view of the country - would love to go back again and do some sightseeing this time!

Alas, no pictures to show you, Entebbe Airport is very close to Lake Victoria, landing and taking off is breath taking.  Do use Google images to see more!

Will be back soon - the rainy season is coming to an end and I have some views on weatherforecasting to share....

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