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URDT Silver Jubilee Celebrations

URDT had a joyful Silver Jubilee on the 24th of November 2012 at its campus in Kagadi! We were honoured to have as Chief Guest the King of Bunyoro Kitara, His Highness Rukira Abasaija Agutamba Solomon Iguru 1. He came with his entourage and wonderful musicians.Introduction Mini Estate by CEO 640x427

 

The CEO of URDT explains the functions of the mini-estate to His Highness and the Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN.

 

 The Country Representative of FAO, the Representative for the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), the Minister of State for Planning, the Minister of State for Bunyoro Affairs, Members of Parliament, Local Government representatives, Civil Society Organisations, beneficiaries of URDT programs, URDT founders and a Board member were amongst the Guest Speakers.

More than 500 members of communities working with URDT, 400+ students, staff, board members, ARU Council members and representatives of development partners and other supporters joined us in celebrating URDT’s 25 years of steady fast support for the development of the Bunyoro region.                

The theme of the silver jubilee: celebrating VISIONARY, SYSTEMS THINKING AND INTEGRATED APPROACHES to human and rural development. There was reason to celebrate: irreversible transformation unfolding at all levels in Kibaale District and beyond.

On the same day, the farmers of Kibaale District in partnership with the URDT commissioned the Mini-Estate human food mill, animal feeds and the starch/industrial plants. This project has been made possible with the support from FAO through the MAAIF.

The guests were also introduced to the work of URDT founded institutions which include:

  • African Rural University-the first all women university in the region;
  • URDT Institute-offering an integrated vocational programme;
  • URDT Girls School-offering a visionary leadership programme and a 2-generation education for both the children/students and their parents/guardians;
  • Kagadi-Kibaale Community radio, one of the three community radios in East Africa;
  • URDT Community Primary School, Kanywamiyaga;
  • URDT / Tijhaar Community School Nkondo;
  • URDT Demonstration farm also serving the SMART 29ners (a youth development group).
 
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