New House opposite Lumumba Hall will now host the Research Grants Office for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Centre of Excellence for the Study of the African Child (AfriChild). The house was allocated to the College by the University Management through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration. This was revealed by the Principal of CHUSS, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira, at a ceremony held on Monday 30th June 2014 to hand over the newly renovated facility to the programme managers.
Mr Timothy Opobo is the Acting Executive Director of the AfriChild programme whereas the CHUSS Grants Office will be coordinated by the Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication, Dr William Tayeebwa.
AfriChild is a partnership between CHUSS, ChildFund International, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, UNICEF, TPO Uganda and Columbia University. Its major objective is to pursue a research agenda on children in adversity. The Centre is also aimed at building human resource capacity for research, programme and policy development, implementation and evaluation. AfriChild has an Advisory Board chaired by Prof. Kirumira in his capacity as the Principal of CHUSS.
In his remarks, Prof. Kirumira thanked the University Administration for providing space for the programmes. He also thanked ChildFund International for hosting AfriChild for the last one year. He appreciated the support rendered by Oak Foundation and Well Spring Advisors towards the renovation of the facility and applauded the contractors and the Estates and Works Department for the job well done.
The handover ceremony was witnessed by Mr Simba Machingaidze, the Country Director ChildFund International, Ms Caroline Namutosi from the Estates and Works Department and the CHUSS Procurement Officer, Mr Steven Byarugaba.