Health Nest Uganda- HENU in conjunction with Constellation, a Belgian not-profit organization made up of individuals and communities that aim for life competence through SALT (Stimulate, Appreciate, Learn and Transfer), organized a week long Global learning festival on older persons which commenced on Monday 16th October 2017 to Friday 20th October 2017 at the Peniel Beach Hotel with a call to bring in the community life competence Process (CLCP) Approach to all parts of Uganda which aims at sensitizing communities and individuals mostly (older persons) on their strength and abilities to ably deal with their own issues and challenges other than waiting for external solutions and assistance.
The week long festival attracted a total of 60 participants from Uganda, Tanzania, India, Madagascar, France, Belgium, Pakistan, Burundi, Botswana, Sinagpore, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the participants visited older persons in the communities of Bugonga, Katabi, Kitubulu and Kabaale where they engaged them in the SALT process (Stimulate, Appreciate, Learn and Transfer).
Speaking at the opening of the week long Global Learning Festival 2017 Uganda at Peniel Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Monday, Patrick Menya, the Executive Secretary Council for Older Persons, said that Uganda is among the first African countries to put issues regarding older persons at the forefront adding that in 2013, the National Council for Older Persons Act was enacted which gave birth to the Uganda National Council for Older Persons.
He added that HENU is helping in sensitizing the various communities on the community life competence Approach which entails promoting the spirit of self reliance in different communities to tackle their own challenges other than waiting for help all the time.He added that Since it’s inception in 2007, HENU has extended to 12 districts in Uganda which include Masaka, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Wakiso, Oyam, Arua, Iganga, Jinja, Kamuli, Mukono and Mbale and we have trained facilitators in the districts in the community life competence approach”, Namara revealed.
Arthur Namara Araali the principle director of HENU said that Together with ministry of Gender, Labour and social development, a social Gerontology Manual has been produced which offers material that not only increases knowledge but also brings a new way of working with and for the elderly
Speaking at the closure of the festival, Joram Tibasiimwa, the Chairman National Council for Older Persons lauded the various international delegates who graced the festival and revealed that through the adoption of the CLCP Approach older persons have been able to discover themselves which has gone a long way to improve their lives.
He added that National Council for Older Persons has come in to advocate and encourage for the development of programs and projects designed to improve the lives of older persons like bee keeping, Animal rearing, hand crafts, weaving and through the CLCP Approach, and have been able to connect the youth with the older persons and this has indeed helped us as the youths discover the challenges and concerns of the aged Populations which reduces ageism.
Below is the event in picture