Education commoditisation – the good and bad
Not long ago, Uganda’s higher education offer was too standardized – in fact, it was akin to the then CocaCola beverage. You could attain a standardised and quality-assured degree, be it the Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. from the very few orthodox Universities and Colleges in Uganda. As children in Uganda, you only knew one University… Continue reading
Opportunity-myopia – getting your 5-years-old genius back
From where we stand – we see youth and post-youth unemployment as a ticking time bomb. Unemployment is attributed to many factors – bad politics and governance, corruption, bad-economics, lack of skills, rigid agrarian economic regimes, etc. However, this blog looks at unemployment through a different lens – the inability to spot potential economic opportunity;… Continue reading
Why a degree no longer guarantees individual prosperity 1 of 2
Are we witnessing, albeit gradually, the demise of the academic degree? Perhaps demise is too big a word to use for the human ‘license’ to individual prosperity (read: degree). But there is undoubtedly a change-of-guard conversation here. The degree is no longer the route to personal success and respect that it has been for hundreds… Continue reading
Uganda’s new graduates – the Coca-Cola degree
Last Saturday, I was amongst the speakers at a graduation ceremony in Uganda – at a village called Nakabugu, in Luuka district. I have known the graduate Sekezi, right from her early years. It was quite an awakening for me to have seen a mother conceive a child, carry her for nine months, go to… Continue reading
Tenacity vs. high IQ – what begets success?
Hello, friends – this last blog in the April 2016 Effectiveness lab series, explores a subject that fascinates many in Africa, specifically East Africa. The obsession with high levels of Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and the accompanying A+ ‘accreditation’ at school. Who doesn’t want their child to be accredited the A+ type at school? If the… Continue reading
We are painting in the dark – Series 1
How do you ensure you are effective in the world that throws at you: ‘systemic and sustained uncertainty’, ‘sustained noise in the system’, ‘a future that is complex and hard to define’, ‘an education system that is teaching for a future that is unknown’, ‘a family that is financially secure today but not tomorrow and… Continue reading
Apollo B. Gabazira is an Ugandan OD. junkie fascinated by matters that render organisations/individuals effective or not. He blogs on effective leadership and management. He is a devoted green-farmer and breeds the Ayrshire cow at Nakabugu, Luuka district, Uganda. Apollo is quite effective at what he chooses to do.