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By UNATCOM Team.
Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Ms. Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta is currently in Uganda for an official mission.
This being her maiden trip to the country as the New Regional Director for Eastern Africa, she is on a fact finding mission which will be concluded with her officiating at the handover ceremony of the project UNESCO-China Funds- in- Trust which was launched in 2014 by the Ministry of Education and Sports at Shimoni Core PTC in Bulando, Kira, Wakiso district.
During this period, she will meet with a team of UNATCOM Staff members, Minister of Education, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports and other stakeholders.
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During her visit to Uganda National Commission for UNESCO,Ms. Ann commended Secretary General UNATCOM and Programme Officers and applauded them for steering the National Commission.
She advised the programme heads to always involve relevant stakeholders and experts in the different projects and studies being undertaken in order to generate quality outputs upon completion that would further economic empowerment.
She also emphasized the need for a good working relationship with different government line ministries, UN agencies, NGO's and the media fraternity which in the long run would promote visibility.
She stressed the importance of collaborations, partnerships and capacity building as key to achieving visibility which is still a major challenge for the National commission.
Delivering her welcome remarks, Secretary General UNATCOM,Ms. Rosie Agoi thanked the Director for sparing her time to visit the Commission and stated that two offices have over the years enjoyed cordial working relationship.
She also acknowledged the support of UNESCO Field office in Kampala through the Director Ms. Kisakye Victoria which has enabled smooth completion of several projects especially in the Field of Education and culture.
She further highlighted that despite the progress and successful completion of the projects undertaken, there have been numerous challenges which have greatly affected the operationalization of the commission such as working on limited budget, lack of a substantive board members (hoped should be in place by June 2017), gaps in the staffing structure and visibility of the commission to the stakeholders and partners among others.
The meeting held at the UNATCOM offices in Kampala was attended by SG UNATCOM, Ms. Victoria Kisakye, the Director UNESCO office Kampala,Programme Officers and other support staff members.