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Development in Action Webinar Series

Supporting refugee students’ education and wellbeing in Uganda

Date: 18/08/2023

Time: 2 pm (BST)

Location: Online

Supporting refugee students’ education and wellbeing in Uganda

In this webinar, Commonwealth Alumnus Zahara Namanda will discuss the importance of investing in the emotional wellbeing of refugee children, in particular girls. She will highlight the significance of access to quality education for refugee children and its role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and SDG 4: Quality education.

This webinar will address the CSC development theme, Access, inclusion, and opportunity.

The webinar will last for approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series provides an opportunity for Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni to present on their work and contribution to development across a range of contemporary global challenges and provide insight into ongoing research and action.

Open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni, the monthly webinars will address one of the CSC’s six development themes and provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in real-time Q&A discussion on the topic presented.

You can watch previous webinars on the CSC’s YouTube channel.

Zahara Namanda is the Executive Director of Utopia Foundation, a charity based in Traverse Michigan, US. She provides support to Utopia’s programmes in Uganda, including the Squaring the Education Pyramid Institute (STEPi) which focuses on culturally relevant child centered literacy.

Zaharah is one of the founders of Africa ELI in Uganda, an NGO empowering refugee and local youth, especially females, through education, leadership and wellbeing. She has 6 years of experience working as an advocate and implementer for equitable and inclusive education programming in underserved communities of Uganda. Zaharah was awarded a Mandela Washington Fellowship and the International Women Sustainability Award amongst others.

Zaharah Namanda is a 2020 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Uganda. She completed an MSc in Education, Public Policy and Equity at the University of Glasgow.