Celebrating the Launch of DVV International’s New Country Office in Uganda

On April 14, 2014, DVV International marked a significant milestone with the grand opening of its new office in Lubowa Estates, Kampala.

On April 14, 2014, DVV International marked a significant milestone with the grand opening of its new office in Lubowa Estates, Kampala. This event symbolized a new chapter for DVV’s operations in Uganda, underscoring their commitment to advancing adult education in the region.

The event kicked off with a warm welcome in the boardroom, where Caesar Kyebakola, the Country Director for DVV Uganda, and Frauke Heinze, Regional Director for DVV International East and Horn of Africa, introduced the German delegation. This delegation included notable figures such as Martin Rabanus (MP), Chair of the Board of Directors for DVV, Uwe Gartenschlaeger, Global Director for DVV International, and Arne Zielinski, Chairman of the Advisory Board for DVV International. Michael Mwalupale, the Programme Officer for DVV International in Tanzania, also attended to gain insights and experience.

Caesar Kyebakola delivered an inspiring keynote speech, highlighting the successes of DVV Uganda's ICOLEW project since its inception in 2010. He noted that strong partnerships with the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development have enabled DVV to expand into four regions and collaborate with six districts: Nywaya, Namayingo, Iganga, Mpigi, Mityana, and Rukungiri. These efforts have led to significant policy changes, including the National Adult Learning and Community Education Strategy and budget allocations for the nationwide rollout of the ICOLEW program. DVV's role in mobilizing ALE stakeholders and supporting International Literacy Week initiatives at the macro level was also emphasized.

At the meso and micro levels, DVV International has established itself as a reliable partner in delivering capacity-building initiatives for both governmental and non-governmental staff involved in adult learning and education (ALE) services. The efficient operation of Community Learning Centers has been a testament to their impactful work.

Frauke Heinze, the Regional Director, provided an overview of DVV International’s programs in the region, highlighting challenges such as the decline in literacy rates from 82% to 52%, high school dropout rates, and youth unemployment. Despite these challenges, DVV International has achieved notable successes, including the establishment of Curriculum GlobALE (CG) Master trainers in each country, active involvement in policy changes, and ongoing support for community learning centers.

The highlight of the day was the launch celebration in the garden, where a diverse array of guests, including neighbours, representatives from government ministries, and state and non-state organizations, gathered. The evening was filled with entertaining programs, including keynote speeches from the Country Director, German delegates, and the Regional Director. Guests enjoyed networking opportunities, cocktails, beers, and delicious Ugandan cuisine, all while being serenaded by a live music band.

The event concluded at 9:00 PM, leaving everyone inspired and hopeful for the future of adult education in Uganda. The opening of the new DVV International office in Lubowa not only signifies growth but also a renewed commitment to empowering communities through education.

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