By Johnbosco Tugume
HOIMA. At least 700 students at Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery are undergoing a two week patriotism Development training programme.
Patriotism programme is a presidential initiative launched in 2009 with a goal of producing a new breed of enlightened citizens committed and devoted to national causes.
Beatrice Bananuka, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Education and Information Communication at the National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs said the training will enable students to understand their country and value service delivery after studies.
She commended the school management for extending the invitation to the secretariat in pursuit for producing responsible citizens.
“I would like to thank the management for considering this programme by extending the invitation to us and we are happy that you are fulfilling your role as a leader. Our mandate is to inculcate values and norms among the youth,” she said.
Officiating at the launch of the training on Tuesday, John Steven Ekoom, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner challenged the students to be disciplined and remain focused throughout the course period.
“This course is for your own health benefit and understanding your country better as younger citizens. We want the next generation to understand the history of our country, duties of a citizen and how to best serve our country after studies,” he said.
The training which started on Monday (1st October) and ends on Tuesday (16th October) is being conducted by the National Secretariat for Patriotic Corps-NSPC.
Topics to be covered include both ideological and practical, like introduction to political economy, colonial history in Uganda, imperialism and new world order, ethics and professionalism, HIV and social behavior and introduction to skills in arms among others.