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UWEC ED Transfers Teaching Skills to Conservation

He graduated as a teacher of Biology, but he did not stay long in the classroom to teach. His passion for wildlife conservation made him abandon his work as an administrator in the office of the Academic Registrar at Mbarara University of Science And Technology (MUST) to join Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) at Entebbe.
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He graduated as a teacher of Biology, but he did not stay long in the classroom to teach. His passion for wildlife conservation led him leave his work as an administrator in the office of the Academic Registrar at Mbarara University of Science And Technology (MUST) to join Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) at Entebbe.

 

Since then, James Musinguzi, who joined UWEC as Education Officer in 2006, has not looked back. Today he is the body's Executive Director.  

 

Leadership seems to have come naturally to Musinguzi. At MUST, Musinguzi was at first a students guild representative before becoming the university's guild president. Musinguzi had always been near the top of the academic pile too from his Kibiri Primary School to Kako Secondary School. 

 

After completing his studies at the university, Musinguzi was retained by Mbarara University as an administrator in the office of the Academic Registrar. He served from 2002-2006 until a vacancy appeared in Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for an Education and Information Officer. Musinguzi has a masters in conservation biology.

 

Musinguzi says after he joined UWEC, his immediate supervisor and UWEC ED Dr. Andrew Segguya  was transferred to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) as the Executive Director. Musinguzi then assumed Segguya's position in 2010 in acting capacity.

 

Having served as the acting Executive Director for three years, he was evaluated and confirmed as a substantive Executive Director in 2013.

 

Musinguzi says he has tried to make UWEC more involved in public education and community sensitization on the need for conservation.

 

Recently, the centre hosted three in one conferences of the Animal Keepers Association, African Association of Zoos And Aquarium and World Association of Zoos and Aquarium.

 

Musinguzi says it is important that UWEC take centre stage in the fight against wildlife destruction.

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