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Somero Uganda ‘s 2nd Graduation ceremony of the computer students

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A student shows her cerificateSomero Uganda carried out a pilot computer project last year in which 16 students were awarded certificates in basic computer programs like MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and Internet use.

This year,after considering the challenges faced last year,  the organisation trained 32 young women in basic computer skills and this time included more employable programs like foto editing and movie making. The students were trained for five months (January – May )and were sent for internship for one month. The students were then awarded certificates on 6th July 2012. The guest of honour fo the ceremony was Mr. Martin Kiiza, the Secretary General of National Council for Children.

The  ceremony was attended by representatives from networking organisations, like FAWE Uganda charpter, Kawempe Youth Development Association,National Council for Children, among others. Two of the Somero Uganda Advisory Board members also attended the ceremony  as well as some local leaders and parents in the community.  

A number of people gave speeches, including the chairperson of Lufula zone, Bwaise III Kawempe division, who welcomed he guests in the area, the students’ representative, the computer tutor at Somero Uganda, the National Director and some staff members of Somero Uganda as well as the Guest of Honour.

A number of activities took place, including the awarding of certificates to the graduants, cutting of the cake as well as entertainment from the graduants.

The organisation hopes to graduate other 40 young women in November 2012.

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* Christmas in Germany!! *

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Have you ever seen the bright light in Germany on Christmas day? Do you know the feeling when everybody is looking around and searching for a Christmas present? Can you imagine the smell of gingerbread, cinnamon and fir needles is in the air?.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!! It’s one of the most beautiful times in the year and everybody is waiting 12 hard months for this lovely time. Everywhere there is the scent of backed biscuits and of covertness and you can see people in the street with beautiful packed presents and surprises. You are feeling like an angel, walking through the wonderful lightened streets and also in your house it seems to be in a dream. On 24th of December the whole family is sitting near the Christmas tree, singing Christmas songs, eating delicious food and especially the little children are very happy to receive and open their gifts. In many houses they are also talking about the birth of Jesus or are probably praying to god. When finally the Christmas days are over, everyone is looking forward to the next Christmas time in the following year.

Yours Marina and Laura 😉

Hello from Germany!

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We are happy to meet you, or as we say in German: “Wir freuen uns euch alle kennenzulernen!” 

We are 30 boys and girls from Göttingen, a city in Germany. Attending the 9th grade of “Hainberg-Gymnasium” we all are between 14 and 16 years old. About our class might be interesting that we are a bilingual class which means that we have the subjects History, Politics and Sport in English.  
Our teacher told us about the opportunity of joining your blog and we were all enthusiastic, learning something about new cultures is something we really love. So now here we are…

Later we will post some information about us, our city and countryso you get to know us and our culture.

It would be great if you would comment on our posts but we won´´t be able to answer you in the next two weeks as this is our last lesson before our Easter holidays.

Hannah and Soraya

Our Hobbies

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OUR HOBBIES
In Germany we just have school six hours a day which leaves very much freetime.
Of course we have to do some homework and learning for school which may take the whole day but sometimes we have got very much freetime.
In our freetime we do many different things, for example: Jona is a canoe-polo sportsman (a sport where two teams are sitting in canoes and trying to get a ball in the opponents goal). He also plays the violin for ten years. Now to Moritz hobbies: he makes kendo, a sport from Japan where you are trying to hit your opponent with a bambus sword. Also Moritz is playing the piano.
Furthermore we both like playing computer games.

Göttingen – Stadt, die Wissen schafft

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Hello Global Friends,

we are Hendrik and Maurice from class 9bil from the Hainberg- Gymnasium in Göttingen. We both are 15 years old and just in the right age to present you our hometown Göttingen out of the view of a young person, getting arround in the city

Göttingen is a city in the middle of Germny in the federal state of Lower Saxony. Whole Germany is divided up into 16 districts, named federal states. These states have their own little governments and school-systems.

With about 130.000 inhabitants Göttingen is an average sized city. It was fouded in the years around 1150 and since then it turned into a very nice city. The Georg-August University made Göttingen famouse for its outstanding research in science.

Because of the parks all around Göttingen for example the Schillerwiesen and the Cheltenhampark it is a green and friendly city. The historical city centre remindes the you of  living in the past.  The Gänseliesel is the most famouse  sight in Göttingen and also the town’s landmark. If a student from our famouse university has graduated he or she is supossed to kiss the Gänseliese in the city centre.

Hope to recive an other article about your city…

 

 

Families in Germany

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Hello, we are Charlie, Birte, Anna and Sarah from Göttingen and we are going to tell you something about a typical family in Germany.
The majority of the families in Germany consists of parents and two children but it is also conventional to be a single-mother or a single-father raising the children alone.
In Germany one out of three marriages gets divorced. In most families both parents work while the childrens are at school, so there is not much time left for the family life, but on the weekend.

For example Annas family consists of her parents and her little sister Lelo. While she and her sister are at school, her parents are at work. They live in a house in the city Göttingen.
The parents of Sarah are divorced and so she’s living with her mother. She has no siblings and once a week she goes to her father.

If there’s anything left you want to know then just ask us!

Political system in Germany

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 Hello global friends from Uganda, we are Luc and Leon from class 9B from the Hainberg grammar school Göttingen.  We read  your posts and want to give you some information on our political system.                                                                                                                                            

We live in a so-called “represantative democracy” just like you. Our head of state is the president who is now Joachim Gauck, the successor of Christian Wulff. The president is elected by the federal assembly, whose members we are supposed to vote. In difference to you we dont have “royal family”. There are still  some nobles in Germany, but they dont have any  importance for us.

 From 1945 to 1989 our country was separated by a strong border into the GDR in the east and the FRG in the west of Germany but on the 9th of November, 1989 the wall came down and Germany was  reunited. The separation existed because  as we lost the Second World  War Germany was divided up under Russia , France, England and the USA. As Göttingen was only 25 km away from the border, many people living in  Göttingenwere affected as they could not see their relatives in the GDR  for many years as in the Cold War it was very difficult to travel into a comunist country.

Waiting for the holidays…

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As school sometimes is very exhausting, we need to have some free time to relax.

Four times a year we enjoy the holidays, in which we don’t have to think about school and homeworks. The Easter-, the Christmas- and the autumn holidays last about two weeks, while the big holidays in summer at the end of the school year last six weeks.

Everybody spends his or her free time in another way, but in Germany it’s common to travel to another country or to see some other places of Germany. Most families like basking in the sun and swimming in the sea, for example in Italy, France or on Mallorca, especially while the weather in Germany is already cold or rainy in autumn.

In the winter holidays,  the snow is loved by nearly everybody. Children go sledding,  ice skating or build some nice snowmen. Additionally some people go skiing in the mountains in Austria or Bavaria, which is a lot of fun!

All in all the students always look forward to the next holidays even if the last are just over.

Typical food in Germany

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In comparison to Uganda we mostly consume food, which doesn’t originate in Germany. If you asked a foreigner about what food is typical of Germany he would answer: sauerkraut,beer and pretzels. But in fact this is the food from a South German federal state called Bavaria. We prefer food from other countries like pizza or spaghetti bolognese from Italy, sushi from Japan or burgers from the USA. In contrast to what you told us about your food we do have the opportunity of buying local food in our shops and markets but many Germans prefer the offers we already mentioned. We know that buying global is a big problem in globalization,  so we have great respect for your way of life. But not all Germans live like this. For example we just had a Veggie-day at our school and even though it wasn’t very succesful, we all noticed that there is a strong movement against todays situation.

While reading this you probably noticed the big difference between your and our food habits. So we would be grateful for receiving a recipe of your favourite food. If you are interested in cooking on ouf our favourite dishes just write and we send it to you next time.

Take care Julian and Konni

WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY CULTURE

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WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY CULTURE


Uganda has a number of tribes including Baganda, Basoga, Batooro, Banyankole, Banyoro, Bakiga, Bateso among others. Each tribe has a number of aspects that distinguish it from others.


I am from the Baganda tribe. Buganda is located in the central part of Uganda. Am very proud of my culture because of a number of reasons, including;


The Baganda speak a language known as Luganda. Am proud of the language because it is very famous. Majority of Ugandans try their level best to learn the language. It is the second best common language in Uganda. Even the whites who visit Uganda try to learn to speak the language.


The dressing code of the Baganda is some thing else I like about my culture. The females dress in Gomesi which is also referred to as Busuuti. This is mainly worn on ceremonies like weddings, Introductions, and  Burial ceremonies. In the rural areas, the ladies customary dress in Gomesi. I like this attire because it is decent and makes ladies look respectable. The men in Buganda have the Kanzu which is a white long dress with long sleeves mainly worn with trousers underneath. It is also worn on ceremonies named above and also makes men look respectable.


I also like the norms of my culture, especially concerning the children. In Buganda, the child belongs to society as a whole. Every community member is responsible for the moral upbringing of the child. Any child can be blamed by any community leader present, and a parent can not complain when a community member blames or corrects a mistake made by a child.


Furthermore, in Buganda, the young ones greet the elders while kneeling down, which is a sign of respect. Even the ladies kneel while greeting their parents and husbands. This is something very special for Baganda ladies. Men from different cultures would love to marry Baganda ladies because they feel they show a lot of respect compared to ladies from their cultures.


The staple food of my culture is something else that makes me feel proud of my culture. The Baganda have matooke as their staple food. They prepare it in many different ways, but the most common is the mashed one. It is prepared in banana leaves and after it’s ready, it’s mashed and put on slightly hot fire for some time which makes it become more soft and brown. This kind of food is mainly prepared on ceremonies, like parties, weddings, introductions among others. In addition, the Baganda cooking style is another thing I like about my culture. The cooking of source in roasted banana leaves is very marvelous. When source like G.nuts, meat, chicken among others is prepared in roasted banana leaves, it is very tasty. Many people prepare it on parties and on Introduction ceremonies for the visiting people (the man’s family).


In my culture, we have a traditional dance which involves people shaking their waists with unique foot movements. The dances are of different kinds, like amaggunju, muwogola, bbaakisimba, nankasa, among others. These dances are performed on important functions where the King of Buganda and the president is present, wedding functions, and in schools. The music instruments are another thing I like about my culture. The drums range from the long one, locally known as engalabi, big drums, and a small one locally known as namunjoloba.








Students at school performing the Buganda traditional dance


 The royal family of the Baganda is also highly respected. The Buganda king and the queen as well as the princess are very special, famous and respectful people in Uganda. Whenever there is a function where one or all of these are present, many people turn up just to set their eyes on these people. The Baganda have a saying that “Bwolifa baliziikamu nze”, meaning that if the king dies, I would rather be buried instead of him.


Further more, the Buganda anthem is very famous especially in the central part of Uganda. It is very common because it is sung on most ceremonies with in the country, and in schools that are located in Buganda. Many children have grown up singing the Buganda anthem that they have no slight idea about anthems of their culture. Worse still, even the Baganda only know the Buganda anthem, and not any of the different cultures.


Unlike most clans in Uganda, the Baganda have clans in which they all belong. These clans are of a father’s lineage except for the king which is mother’s lineage. One is not supposed to marry someone from the same clan, and that of one’s mother. People from the same clan refer to themselves as brothers and sisters. There is also a clan for the princes and the princesses. Each clan has a totem for which it is a taboo for that clan to use it as food. People from different clans usually hold competitions especially in football, netball, and language and general knowledge issues. Each clan has a number of names which are given to its members. Clans also have a hierarchy of leaders and a general place for its ancestral leaders.


The local brew made by the Baganda also makes me proud. This beer is usually called mwenge bigere. It is made from a kind of bananas that are specially grown for that purpose. This brew is produced in the rural areas and is even used during introduction ceremonies where the man’s family have to take it to the woman‘s people, except for the Muslims who take soda.


Each culture has unique aspects that make it different from others, however, the above is what I like more about my culture and indeed, am very proud of being a Muganda, and though I think every one should respect another’s culture