Inclusive Education for Mainstream Teachers

Facilitators and Hannah Pessima, ISNE Coordinator

Facilitators and Hannah Pessima, ISNE Coordinator

UNIMAK‘s Institute of Inclusion of Special Needs Education (ISNE) has just completed the successful training of 35 mainstream teachers in the key concept of Inclusion and Special Needs of Education (SNE) of person’s and children with disability. Participants explored and understood basic concepts and examples of Special Needs, Disability, Impairment, Inclusive Education etc.

Areas covered included:
– analysing the difficulties SNE children face
– exploring reasons SNE children experienced learning difficulties
– identifying children with SNE, and their experiences of dealing with them
– identifying the causes, difficulties and ways to help them in class
– exploring the different attitudes and feelings society have about disability
– experiencing and understood the vulnerability of SNE children
– international and national agreements and policies that relate to SNE children
– importance of education for children with Special Needs.

As follow up to the training, facilitators will be monitoring participants in their different schools according to their individual action plan and school action plan.

UNIMAK Celebrates Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship

Emmanuel A.B. Turay, UNIMAK‘s Communications Officer, writes:

To mark the celebration of the reopening of the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship, the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and the University of Makeni are organising ‘Makeni Business Forum 2015’ on Saturday 30th May 2015 at the University of Makeni Great Auditorium in Makeni City. The theme for this Business Forum will be “Doing Business in Sierra Leone after the Ebola outbreak and Support programs and Resources for Entrepreneurs”.

This business forum will attract the business community and institutions to network and get firsthand knowledge about programmes and resources available to entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone. It will also attract Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to showcase their products and services to customers and partners. Entrepreneurs will also learn about the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship at UNIMAK.

Business Forum 2015 is designed to discuss the impact of the Ebola crisis in the Sierra Leone Business Community, present the programmes and resources available to local entrepreneurs to reignite their economic system and create ample opportunity for one-on-one meetings and business networking. The business forum will further explore and nurture the new partnerships and opportunities arising between entrepreneurs, investors and other actors of the Sierra Leone business ecosystem. The forum will involve prominent stakeholders from the private and public sectors and the international agencies to engage in dialogue of implementation, advising on key strategic directives related to Sierra Leone’s economic outlook.

Several distinguished personalities have consented to participate in this forum including the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Mabinty Daramy, Head of European Delegation to Sierra Leone Peter Versteeg among others. The event partners include Sierratel, Cordaid, EU, ABSL, SLIEPA, ACTB, among others.

It could be recalled that one of Africa’s pressing needs is to have a new kind of entrepreneurs who desire to do more than just making profits. These impact entrepreneurs want to identify and solve social problems on a large scale, to touch their communities and drive a positive and sustainable change. The biggest challenge facing them is how to upscale their impact. Too many impact entrepreneurs have brilliant ideas but fail into executing them, or run inspiring ventures but without being able to reach adequate scale. Part of the reason is lack of both accesses to capital and management skills to transform small start-ups in larger organisations.

It is as against this background and challenges that the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) the largest private university in Europe created the ‘Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship’. From this year on, the prestigious double Degree Master course (internationally recognised title) will be also offered at the University of Makeni.

Reopening of the University for 2014-2015

IMG_0134The University of Makeni, in responding to government’s pronouncement on the reopening of schools and colleges after a very long break as a result of the Ebola crisis, formally started its academic work on Tuesday 7th April, 2015. This long awaited moment in the University’s calendar commenced with a mass, inviting God’s presence in the midst of this challenging era. The mass was well attended by both staff and students of this noble institution.

IMG_0135As safety measures are required by every institution in containing the Ebola scourge, UNIMAK is more than prepared in adhering to these measures. Veronica buckets containing sanitised water are available at both entry and exit points of the university and security posts are equipped with infrared thermometers to check the body temperature of staff, students and essential visitors. Other health measures fixed by the institution include the downsizing of the number of students per class, completing of bio-data forms by all staff and students so as to know those that were quarantined, those coming from high risk areas etc, IMG_0138encouraging students to inculcate the habit of personal hygiene, limiting non-essential visitors, and restricting hostel students from going for weekends among others.

Students of the university are overzealous in attending lectures- this is evident when most of the lectures were well attended on the first day of the reopening. Although the Ebola epidemic hit the economy of the country hard, which correspondingly affected the economic status of parents and sponsors of these students, yet still efforts were made to ensure that students continue their academic work as usual.

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University lectures were well attended on the first day of reopening

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, Rev Fr. Prof Joseph Alimamy Turay, is spurring on members of staff as well as students to put make every effort in a bid to set the university on its rightful footing. Lecturers are ever ready to ensure that they fully cover their classes, and students are determined to learn irrespective of the daunting challenges they are going through as a result of the Ebola crisis.


The first Molecular Biology & Immunology School in Sierra Leone

Ebola DiagnosticsThe University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Public Health School, University of Makeni announce a new Intensive Course – “Molecular Biology & Immunology of Microbial Infections” to run from 30 January – 24 April 2015

The Course aims to establish the first Molecular Biology & Immunology School in Sierra Leone and is part of the Ebola Response Project of the Diocese of Makeni and of the Italian Geographical Society, in collaboration with the University of Makeni and the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The Course is financially supported by the Nando Peretti Foundation.

At the end of the Course a joint Certificate of the University of Rome and the University of Makeni will be delivered to all students that have passed the final theoretical and practical examinations.

The students reaching the best results will be offered additional training at the Laboratory of Immunology and Molecular Pathology of the University of Rome, or at the International Reference Centre “Chantal Biya” for AIDS, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Follow this link for full details of the course.

Collaborating Universities receive Sustainable Human Development Education Award

The successful collaboration project between the University San Pablo CEU-Madrid, Spain (USPCEU) and the University of Makeni, SierraGDEE poster
Leone, (UNIMAK), has been recognised by an award from The Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE).
GDEE is a EuropeAid initiative that aims to increase the awareness, critical understanding and attitudinal values of undergraduate and postgraduate students in technical universities related to Sustainable Human Development (SHD) and its relationship with technology.

The collaboration project, which has been coordinated by Professor Luis Perea Moreno since 2009, was one of seven winners which received the “2nd European Award for Best Practices for the Integration of Sustainable Human Development into Technology and Engineering Education”.

Professor Perea Moreno writes: “I have received the award as lecturer and coordinator of the project in Spain, but of course it belongs to all of us in Madrid and in Makeni, who have been involved. The awards are promoting this kind of collaboration between Universities and with a long term vision.”

For more information on the award-winning project, follow THIS LINK