“Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership shows leaders can be made,” Minister Mkuchika

March 21st, 2018 marks the first-ever graduation ceremony of UONGOZI Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership. Officiated by the Minister of State, President’s Office, Public Service and Good Governance, Hon. George Mkuchika (MP), the ceremony was attended by senior officials from various Ministries, the Tanzania Police Force, development partners and universities.

In 2017, UONGOZI Institute and Aalto University Executive Education of Finland launched a year-long executive programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership, with a total of 32 participants. At the end of the programme, 94% of the participants graduated.

In his opening remarks, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja stated that the executive programme is designed to equip senior government officials with the necessary skills and competencies to provide sustainable solutions through effective leadership.

“The Diploma focuses on enhancing leadership competencies in three areas, making strategic choices, leading people and other resources and excelling in personal leadership qualities. It is undertaken on an annual basis with a total of 10 modules,” he elaborated.

In his address, Hon. Mkuchika noted the uniqueness and high quality standards of the programme, stating that the graduates should value the opportunity and put the diploma to good use in their work.

“As the Minister responsible for Public Service and Good Governance, I am very proud to see public officials receiving leadership training of high global standard from a local institution. I now expect you to start implementing what you have learned from the programme,” he stated.

“It is indisputable that some of you were born with leadership capacities, but experiences and research inform us that leaders can be made through the process of teaching, learning and observation. This programme stands as a proof of that,” he continued.

On his part, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Amb. Hassan Simba underscored the significance of the training for the leadership of Tanzania’s Police Force.

“Leadership within the police must be adaptable to change in order to help take the country in direction it needs to go. That is why this opportunity was provided for leaders within the police force,” he stated.

The Group Director of Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, Prof. Pekka Mattila, who also spoke at the event emphasised the long-term impact of the programme.

“I think this programme is a showcase of long-term thinking and investment,” he said, “strong leaders in the government and public sector in general is key to creating structures that enable economic growth.”

The graduation ceremony was also attended by 32 participants from the second cohort of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership, which began earlier this week. The second cohort includes senior government officials from various Ministries and Public Agencies.

 

Thirty graduates from the Tanzania Police Force arrive at the graduation.

 

The Minister of State, President’s Office, Public Service and Good Governance, Hon. George Mkuchika (MP) officiating the ceremony.

 

The CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja delivers opening remarks.

 

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Amb. Hassan Simba delivers a speech on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Mwigulu Nchemba.

 

The Group Director of Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, Prof. Pekka Mattila delivers remarks.

 

Commissioner for Logistics and Finance at the Tanzania Police Force, Mr. Albert Nyamhanga giving a Vote of Thanks on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Simon Sirro.

 

From the left, UONGOZI Institute Board Member, Prof. Penina Mlama; UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez; Development Cooperation Coordinator at the Embassy of Finland – Dar es Salaam, William Nambiza; and the former Chief Secretary of URT, Amb. Ombeni Sefue.

 

Hon. Mkuchika awards a Post-Graduate Diploma certificate to one of the graduates.
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Will we ever retire Africa’s flags?

By Dr. Gwamaka Kifukwe

Will we ever retire Africas flags

African Unity is and has been one of Africa’s enduring aspirations since the independence movements began. Even then, there was a tacit understanding that united, Africa stood a better chance of achieving its goals, than if Africans (and African) states could be divided. The challenge to pan-Africanism, solidarity and unity has always been that sovereignty – the right to self-rule and non-interference in ‘domestic’ matters. Pan-Africanism has been presented as necessitating sacrifice for the ‘greater good’. This is an ideology that successive generations of Africans increasingly question. What began as a political ideology has also emerged as an economic imperative as we see more and more cross-border projects (in infrastructure in particular) and the recognition that intra-African trade could be one of the keys to sustainable growth and transformation on the Continent. Despite the obvious benefits, and challenges, the idea of pan-Africanism is often thought of as out-dated, impractical, or romanticism by more recent generations, who tend to express a feeling of national unity, solidarity and pride, than regional – except in particular circumstances.

Nationalism is on the rise globally, and this carries both good and bad elements. In Africa, the issue of nationalism has always been tied with those of our borders, and how ‘artificial’ they are given ethnic and linguistic geographies across the continent. Unlike the borders of Europe (in particular) and elsewhere, Africa’ borders were established by a series of meetings often referred to as the Berlin Conference of 1884–85, where European colonial powers divided up the continent amongst different and competing powers. It should be noted, however, that one of the earliest decisions of the Organisation of African Unity (the predecessor to today’s African Union) was to maintain the colonial borders. In part, this was a recognition that there was a need for administrative units and that re-organising at such a stage would be a drain on precious resources at a time when resources were being marshalled to spread liberation across the continent. Another consideration may also have been that ultimately, these borders would fade away. One thorny issue that has plagued successive leaders of Africa, particularly those with Pan-African dreams has been how to make the youth and future generations care for and understand the importance of pan-Africanism.

The key question that is often asked is How? What can be done to instil this sense of unity, collective responsibility, and a common destiny despite the obvious diversity of our people? Sometimes, the simplest solution may, in fact, be the best. In a ‘Meet the Leader’ interview conducted by UONGOZI Institute, H.E. Nujoma – the First President of the Republic of Namibia – expresses how this has been tackled in Namibia:

“Africa must unite… Here in Namibia we are trying to make sure that our children understand. That’s why here in Namibia we have the African Union flag and we also sing the African Union Anthem at all our schools.” – H.E. Sam Nujoma

H.E. Nujoma outlined one simple, and potentially fruitful, strategy of keeping the pan-Africanist dream alive in future generations:

“The aim is to register in the minds of our children that one day our national flag will go into the museum, and the African Union flag will remain the only flag on the African Continent.” – H.E. Sam Nujoma

The approach is basic, and is indeed one that is adopted by most public schools in many of our countries in Africa – Sing the (national) anthem. Familiarity breeds understanding and appreciation. The more familiar and comfortable we are with the symbols African unity and pan-Africanism, the more comfortable we will be with the concept and its realisation. By outlining the intention of one day retiring the national flag to the museum, this clearly signals to the intrinsic link between the fate of Namibia (and Namibia) with that of Africa (and Africans).

Perhaps all African leaders should consider this simple, yet effective solution to enhancing regional integration and pan-Africanism on the continent..?