AfriChild held an orientation meeting for trainers and mentors of the Inter-University Program. This activity was held in preparation for the rollout of the mentorship program for the second cohort of child-focused researchers. The researchers selected for cohort II were picked from seven universities in Uganda. The meeting took place at Kabira Country Club in Kampala.
Prof. Fred Wabwire the Lead Trainer of the Inter-University Program asked the Mentors and Trainers to play their role in developing the capacity of the newly recruited researchers to ensure that child-focused research is enhanced and prioritized by academia.
AfriChild also trained the Mentors and Trainers on the use of a Training Manual developed to aid in the rollout of the program in the selected Universities.
Speaking at the orientation meeting, Timothy Opobo, Executive Director AfriChild, encouraged researchers to utilize the manual in conducting child-focused research.
“I want to thank Professor Rosalind Lubanga for the effort you put into the development of this manual. I call on child-focused researchers to utilize this manual so that we can create impact and influence policy and programs for the benefit of children in the country,” Timothy said.
Under the mentorship program, AfriChild takes on mid-level child-focused researchers from seven universities in Uganda and equips them with skills in child-focused research methods, grant acquisition, and publication. The seven Universities are Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Nsamizi Training Institute, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Christian University, Gulu University, and Muni University.
Through the “Building the Next Generation of Researchers” project, the AfriChild Centre builds the capacity of academics, policymakers, and practitioners to conduct rigorous child-focused research. Key areas of focus include education, health, and child protection.
In 2017, Africhild initiated an Inter-University training program targeting a total of 30 mid-level researchers from seven universities in Uganda and equipping them with skills in child-focused research methods, grant acquisition, and publication.
Following the success of the first Inter-University research methods training program, AfriChild recruited the second cohort.