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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.
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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 Sub-Saharan.       

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).