My official name is Mukisa Philemon Kirunda.
I am pragmatic and consultative in my style of work. Greatest passion is in developmental work with inclination to empowerment of communities to gain greater mastery of their own destiny. I am a team player and love mentoring others as this is the only way that a liberating intellectual legacy can be achieved.
I am also known as Michael Lamech Kireri Nsalanka.
I hold a Masters degree in Development Management from Agder University- Norway (2009) with specialty in environment, development and management. My Master’s thesis title was “Public participation in solid waste management: challenges and prospects in Kira Town Council, Wakiso District”. My background training is in Adult and Community Education (BACE from Makerere University-2003). At that level, my research was an “assessment of the impact of the Naguru Teenage Reproductive Health Education Programme on the youth (1999-2002)”. I have also attended several short courses and trainings like; Basic Principles of Decentralization, writing for publication among others.
I have been working at the DAECS since 1st April 2004 when I joined as a Part-time Teaching Assistant. I was appointed Assistant Lecturer on 1st November 2010, a position I hold to date. On top of teaching on the BACE program, I also occasionally give tutorials to MACE students specifically on the Adult Learning Theory and Practice course unit.
I have been the Departments’ Field Attachment Coordinator since 2008 taking over from Mr Ogwaro with whom I had worked as an assistant between 2006 and 2008. I also sit on the department’s finance committee. I am the coordinator of the Makerere University Education for Sustainable Development Club which was launched in May 2010.
Outside Makerere, I also work with a young NGO “Above Self” that works to prevent preventable disasters and conflicts in communities. I am the interim Secretary General Above Self which also operates in Rwanda.
Some of the other major research projects I have engaged include: the baseline survey for the DelPHE project to strengthen parental/community participation in enhancing quality education in primary schools in Uganda in which I was the leader of the data collection team in Mayuge district (2009); the national Formative Evaluation of the Uganda Program for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD); In this study, I was in-charge of the data collection in two Eastern districts (Kamuli and Mayuge) 2006; an Evaluation of the implementation of the Fountain Youth Survival Kits (FYSK) program in the pilot Districts, funded by USAID. The districts included; Luwero, Mpigi, Jinja and Mbarara and, I was one of the members in a group of five researchers collecting data from these districts (2004).