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Special Graduation Ceremony July 2011

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Makerere produces region’s first 12 Speech and Language Therapists.

A total of 12 Speech and Language Therapists were among the graduands at the special 61st graduation ceremony of Makerere University held on Friday 22nd July, held in the Makerere University Main Hall.This is a great achievement as the Speech and Language Therapy graduates will be the first in Sub-Saharan Africa. This now makes Uganda and South Africa as the only countries in Africa to graduate language therapists at a Bachelors’ degree level.The Chancellor Professor Mondo Kagonyera conferred degrees upon the graduates in the presence of His Lordship the Mayor of Kampala Honourable Elias Lukwago, and delegates from universities all over Uganda. The Chancellor conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to 1,184 graduands from various fields. Of these, 700 graduands are male, 484 female and 11 received doctorates. “I congratulate all the graduands for this academic achievement and encourage you all to progress further in your academic pursuits so as to gain new skills and be more competitive globally” the Chancellor counseled.

Speech and Language therapists assess and treat speech, perceptual and cognitive problems. They also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems. With the special skills attained from Makerere University, these language therapists are expected to work closely with teachers and health practitioners to improve the lives of individuals with learning impairments or those undergoing rehabilitation.

According to the course coordinator Hellen Parret of the 12 therapists, one is a Tanzanian national while the others are Ugandans. The Acting Principal College of Health Sciences Prof. N. K. Sewankambo presented the graduands for conferment of the Degree of Bachelor of Science in speech and Language therapy.

By Nakandi Peninah

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 September 2012 08:08 )