District Governor, Sharmila Bhatt broke the news on her Facebook post this week. She avers that the Center, which will be launched in 2020-21 will expand Rotary’s peace work in Africa. “As part of the Rotary Peace Centers growth plan, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, has been approved as a host site for the next Rotary Peace Center,” Sharmila said.
Makerere University Main Building
Makerere University has won the bid to host an international Peace Centre, thanks to Rotary International. Makerere defeated the Kofi Annan International
Peace Keeping Centre in Ghana and University of Nairobi-African Leadership
Centre to win the bid.
This will be the first peace centre hosted by District 9211 and the entire African continent. Over the years, fellows were hosted at six Rotary Peace Centers operating in partnership with seven
premier universities in six countries around the world, where each offers its
own customized curriculum and field-based learning opportunities that examine
peace and conflict theory.
The peace centers across the world include; the University of
North Carolina and the Duke University in the United States, International
Christian University - Tokyo, Japan, University of Bradford- West Yorkshire,
England, University of Queensland- Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Uppsala
University- Uppsala in Sweden.
The Rotary Peace Centre aims at promoting world peace by
educating and empowering peace builders through a rigorous academic training,
applied field experience and global networking opportunities.
Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to
receive full funding to learn either a professional development certificate in
peace and conflict studies or a master’s degree in a range of disciplines
related to peace and security.
Through this training, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the
skills they need to serve as leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict
resolution both in their local communities and around the globe. The Fellowship is designed for professionals who have already
worked in careers related to international relations or peace and conflict
resolution and who are committed to community or international humanitarian
service and working for peace.
Rotary 9211 District Governor Sharmila Bhatt broke the news on her
Facebook post this week. She avers that the Centre, which will be launched in
2020-21 will expand Rotary’s peace work in Africa. “As part of the Rotary Peace Centers growth plan, Makerere
University in Kampala, Uganda, has been approved as a host site for the next
Rotary Peace Center,” Sharmila said.
In December last year, Makerere University through the
Department of Religion and Peace Studies in the College of Humanities and
Social Sciences –CHUSS submitted a bid to host the Rotary Peace Centre in
Pitching for the Rotary Peace Centre, Makerere highlighted
the significance of Uganda in regional security saying it hosts the highest
number of refugees on the Continent. As of October 2018, Uganda hosted over
1,154,352 refugees and asylum-seekers originating from South Sudan (785,104),
DR Congo (284,265), Burundi (33,657), Somalia (22,064), Rwanda (14,313) and
other countries (14,949).