CECU General Assembly Session

Mr Nyabongo Stephen Opening a CECU General Assembly Session

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CECU held one of ts General Assembly at Fairway Hotel in Kampala. The CECU chairman, Mr. Nyabongo made a presentation on the status and direction of CECU

BACKGROUND

  • The civic education stakeholders agreed to establish a coalition for continued coordination and sustainability of civic education efforts in Uganda.
  • The coalition will also advocate for the enactment and implementation of the National Civic Education Policy and ultimate mainstreaming of civic education into state and non state programmes.
  • The structure of the coalition is at the moment an informal, flexible set up and relying on member volunteers.
  • In the absence of the National Civic Education Policy (NCEP), efforts to deliver civic education in Uganda have been uncoordinated both at national and community level which has affected the quality of civic education delivery.
  • In addition to the above problem, most state institutions mandated to carry out continuous civic education have limited resources to reach the populace and build consensus
  • The scope and impact of civic education in Uganda is currently intermittent, inadequate as reflected in the low levels of citizen participation in democratic processes like limited demand for accountability from the state.
  • A well-coordinated and institutionalised civic education will specifically increase knowledge and enhance capacity of the citizen to participate in governance processes.

Purpose of the Civic Education Coalition

The purpose of the coalition is to support the:

  • Harmonisation,
  • Coordination and
  • Sustainability

of Civic Education efforts in Uganda.

Objectives

The Objectives of the coalition are:

  • To advocate for the enactment and implementation of the National Civic Education Policy;
  • To build the civic competence of the citizens to exercise their constitutional mandate;
  • To promote the implementation of Civic Education in Uganda;
  • To promote cooperation and coordination among civic education actors;
  • To ensure standardization and harmonization of civic education activities and materials;
  • To enhance communication, and sharing of information and good practices on civic education.

Scope of work

  • Develop guiding principles for the working relationships for the coalition members.
  • Establish committees to plan and coordinate different activities such as advocacy priorities, publicity, outreaches, resource mobilisation, etc.
  • Undertake regular Civic Education contextual analyses to identify good practices and issues of concern to inform civic education policy, programming and delivery in the country;
  • Conduct a Stakeholders’ analysis and mapping of Civic Education actors in Uganda for coordination in order to ensure national coverage and harmonisation of practices.
  • Develop a civic education advocacy strategy; A clear road map that will include actions for influencing the mainstreaming of civic education in policies and programmes.
  • Periodic review of the effectiveness of the coalition.
  • Resource mobilisation
  • Conduct research on regular basis for evidence base advocacy and civic education programming.

Organs of the Coalition

The organs of the coalition include:

1.The General Assembly for the Coalition (Signed up members)

2.The Executive Committee

3.Sub-Committees on

1.Publicity, Coordination and Communication

2.Research and Materials Development

3.Resource Mobilization

4.Voter/Civic Education

4.Secretariat

5.Such other organs as may be established by the General Assembly

 

Key Deliverables

1.Guiding principles  for the Coalition

2.Different committees established 

3.Periodic issues paper

4.One year advocacy strategy

5.Guidelines for mainstreaming CE

6.Annual review report

7.Database of Civic Education actors in Uganda

8.Communication Strategy.

9.Continuous civic education

 

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