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The National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs

In 2009, President Yoweri Museveni launched a new National Strategic program to inculcate the norms and values of patriotism in all students in secondary schools and the youth of Uganda subsquently known as the National Patriotic Program.

Mission

To inculcate values and norms of patriotism in students and youth of Uganda in order to develop resourceful, responsible disciplined and resilient citizens who are loyal and ready to defend and transform Uganda

Patriotism Values

  1. Love, Loyalty and Sacrifice
  2. Responsibility, Discipline and Duty
  3. Endurance, Resilience and Adherence.
  4. Hard work, Time management and Excellence
  5. Pan Africanism and East African integration
  6. National pride, Cultural roots and heritage
  7. National symbols
  8. Environmental protection and conservation
  9. Godliness

Vision

Be the best National students and youth program that nurtures patriotic citizens

This Directorate is expected to regularly and proactively monitor, inspect, evaluate and advise the President and Cabinet on the performance of the economy with respect to implementation of economic Policies, Projects and Programs to ensure that appropriate measures are taken geared towards programme efficiency, effectiveness, economic value for money and overall economic growth and development. More specifically, the Directorate’s efforts will be guided by Policy decisions made by Government to eliminate red tape and economic sabotage to promote economic growth and development.

Strategic Intentions

  • Develop a high level of Civic Responsibility among students and Youth of Uganda

  • Build a critical mass of citizenry that uphold patriotic and National values

  • Ensure the youth participate constructively in Nation-building activities.
  • Promote a common sense of Nationhood and National pride.

  • Increase the proportion of the population who are patriotic to 70%.

The program aims at encouraging students and teachers to become a new breed of enlightened citizens, committed to National Service among other objectives. The President of Uganda directed teachers to train the students to observe 6-points in order to secure their lives as individuals, namely;

  • 1. Concentrate on their studies so that they lead them to academic excellence and acquiring of a profession or skill that is marketable on the job market.

  • 2. To read their Bible or Koran and pray in order to be Godly and develop spiritually.

  • 3. To do sports and exercises regularly so as to keep physically fit and usefully dissipate their youthful energy to remain healthy.
  • 4. To help their parents with homestead work or any other work during holidays.

  • 5. When the time comes, develop a family with a reliable, dependable, loving and considerate partner.

  • 6. Develop patriotism in them through patriotic studies.

After ten years of the program in operation, it has been found out that;

  1. a. Whereas students received the patriotism program with great enthusiasm, the concept of a club as it exists in schools limits participation and does not portray the character envisaged for the national effort.

  2. b. Many teachers and other stakeholders are of the opinion that patriotism can and should be part of the teaching curriculum as a teaching subject. There is a school of thought however, that this argument overlooks the essence of patriotism as a ‘mind-set’, a value-system and a way of life. That patriotism cannot be a normal curriculum subject taught in a class but ‘inculcated’ over a long period of time through training, spiritual guidance, mentoring and ideological orientation. That there cannot be a classroom subject to ‘teach’ feelings like love, or values like loyalty, commitment, hard work amongst others.
  1. c. Traditionally, clubs in schools are not so interested in matters of national dialogue; rather, they exist as academic or recreational social groupings while others are simply copied from foreigners, imparting largely alien values and ideologies.

  2. d. To facilitate dialogue meeting aimed at building consensus on how to address policy and program implementation gaps.