It was a Saturday, a non-class day for many and students were requested, on an optional basis, to attend a training on Communications and writing which was organised by RUFORUM. As organizers, we expected to train, at most, 40 students. We were pleasantly surprised when the number that showed up doubled our expectations. Mr. Samuel Elolu, a Lecturer at the University who mobilized the students had this to say about the turn-up
This is proof that many students have challenges in writing and communicating and are therefore yearning for that knowledge. Soft Skills helps students even beyond their education at Gulu University.
Under the auspice of the project “Transforming African Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Africa’s Development (TAGDev)” with funding from the Mastercard Foundation, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organised a training on writing and documentation for mastercard scholars at Gulu University. The training took place 29th February 2020 at the Faculty of Agriculture of Gulu University. As the next generation of academic leaders and researchers, RUFORUM recognizes that equipping the students with practical and soft skills in communication and writing will prepare them for the labor market. The training was delivered in a practical with exercises on writing skills, documentation, group discussions, presentation skills, identification and use of the different communication channels as well as the use of new media in communication which were informed by the need to improve students writing and presentation skills as well as motivate debates through discussions and sharing ideas among students.
The students were pleased with the training but requested for more of such soft skills trainings with the following priority areas of focus; Learning to write project proposals, writing officially, how to blog and write good stories, how to document their work through reports and research papers, how to present to audiences and most important, scientific writing.
They thanks mastercard foundation through RUFORUM for the continuous skills development and they were all tasked to write a story about their academic Journey so far.