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US Peace Corps Volunteers Celebrate 50 Years of Work in Uganda

Monday, 20th October 2014
Peace Corps Africa Regional Director Richard Day (L) meets Gen Kale Kayihura (R) as US Ambassador Scott De Lisi (2nd R) looks on. Courtesy PHOTO

Kampala - The Inspector General of Police,\r\nGen. Kale Kayihura, has lauded volunteer organization, US Peace Corps, for\r\nchanging the lives of Ugandans. 

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Gen. Kayihura, while officiating at celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary\r\nof the US Peace Corps in Uganda last week, observed that communities in rural\r\nareas have benefitted immensely from the activities of the volunteers.

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He singled out the education sector and reminisced his days at Mutolere\r\nSecondary School in Kisoro, where he was taught by one of the volunteers, Mr\r\nCarl Muhlhausen. The two met again at the celebrations after 22 years.

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 "I am a living testimony to your work. I was oriented towards\r\nthe arts subjects but when the corps came, Carl who was teaching us Chemistry\r\nmade it so easy for us,¡± Kayihura recalled. Adding; "The American approach to\r\nteaching science is to simplify things, which should be a lesson to the\r\nMinistry of Education here.¡±

Gen Kayihura emphasised that the education systems should be overhauled to\r\nensure that students understand the basics in order to pass.

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"Out there in the villages, there could be potential Einstein¡¯s, but they have\r\nbeen suppressed by some teachers who may not be that smart to bring out the\r\ntalent in the children,¡± he stressed.
\r\nEinstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science. He\r\ndeveloped the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics

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The US Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellency Scott De Lisi, who\r\nhosted the event at his residence in Kololo, revealed that the Peace Corps\r\nrecently chose Uganda as one of three countries to pilot a new Peace Corps\r\nGlobal Health Service Partnership. 

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Under the programme, doctors and nurses are placed at teaching hospitals around\r\nthe country. The Peace Corps Africa Regional Director, Mr Richard Day, said the\r\nUS is honoured to renew its commitment to helping improve the lives of\r\nUgandans.

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History of Peace Corps

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The first Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda were secondary school\r\nteachers who arrived on November 16, 1964. A year later, the secondary\r\neducation program consisted of 35 Volunteers. A health programme was initiated\r\nin 1968 with the placement of 15 Volunteers. As Peace Corps programme expanded\r\nin Uganda, the major programming area was education, with Volunteers also\r\nworking in fisheries, agriculture, vocational education, and surveying. Today,\r\nthere are 160 volunteers in Uganda.

Source: Olive Eyotaru, Daily Monitor

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