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Life After School Graduation: How Do You Get Your First Job? Here Is Your Magic.

Did you know that Ugandan institutions release more than 400,000 fresh graduates each year? Did you know that Uganda can only provide only 90,000-150,000 jobs annually? (Oxfarm report, 2016/2017). Did you know that the youth unemployment in Uganda is at 83% (African Development Bank, 2013) or 63% (Action-Aid, 2012) or 64%? (UBOS, 2012). Even me I don’t know which statistics to believe! 
 In 2014, Alon Mwesigwa wrote in the guardian that we have about 40,000 graduates each year with only 8,000 jobs available. But New Vision reported in 2015 that only Makerere University released about 10,000 graduates into the job market and Daily monitor had reported the same university to have released more than 11,000 graduates into the market in 2012. Considering that we have very many private and public universities and institutions, then it is possible to release about 400,000 youths graduates into the market every year.
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Look at the basic value of education; transformed lives. Are UPE and USE schools still valid?

In 1994, Shirley Grundy wrote "it is important to recognise the school as a site of educational reform rather than assuming that the school is simply the place where teachers carry out their educational work" (Shirley Grundy, 1994). What is educational reform?
Simply, it is transformation (never the same again) of a child following education. It is not about the academic excellence only; it is about the general excellence of a child. When UPE first came in 1997, it was such a transformative program. We had teachers (the same teachers still exist at my former school) who had values and taught us good values too.
The condemners of UPE and USE programs embark so much on the concept of academic excellence and forget the most important aspect of education; values. Ask any parent who wakes up her or his child (3-10 years old) at 5am for school and she will vividly tell you that the only reason she or he chose that life for the child is because students at that school X score in fir…

Willpower: Baumeister's Theory Of Ego Depletion. Understanding Our Own Ability And Limit Of Self Control!

Why do we get angry when we are hungry? Why are we likely to give in to a temptation that is repeatedly presented before us? Why is it that we are tired and exhausted after making big decisions just as someone who has been digging? Why do we fail to control our evil desires for short term gratifications yet we know we would have long term and better benefits if we controlled our desires? Why do some people have more control of their lives and decisions they make than others? And yes, how can we improve everything for our good? You are in the right place now! 

Read also: Why we are able to fight over football teams or social groups? And why is there racism, prejudices and other forms of discrimination? And what can be done about it?

Self compassion and self criticism: Which of the two is good for your motivation for self improvement?

Just like me or anyone else, you have ever had those moments when some devilish voice is whispering in your ears; I am weak. I am an idiot. How could I do such a thing? Shall I ever be better? Nothing good can happen to me.  I am unqualified. And so much more of critics only developed and thrown at your by none but yourself. That is self criticism.

Self criticism and guilty While guilty is part of all those things that define self criticism, it is itself not as destructive as self criticism. Author and know pastor Rick Warren cite that "although self-criticism is the aspect of perfectionism most associated with maladjustment, one can be harshly self-critical without being a perfectionist. Most studies of self-criticism have not measured shame; however, this self-conscious emotion has been implicated in diverse forms of psychopathology.In contrast to guilt, which results from acknowledging bad behavior, shame results from seeing oneself as a bad or inadequate person"

Halitosis: Here is Your Way Out If You Have a Bad Breath (bad mouth odor)! What Is it Anyway?

According to research, halitosis or the problem of owning a very bad smelling breath is the 3rd reason for all the dental visits to a dentist in the world. Usually, dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal diseases come first.

Do you understand what it is like to see a girl walk away when your lips were going to clip together? Do you imagine the trouble of everyone trying to walk away every time you open up your mouth to speak? How about those comments from people and age-mates about your mouth being smelly? This is a terrible situation than you ever imagined. This is what we call halitosis in medicine.

Why I Think Mulago National Referral Hospital Should Be Run on Insurance Scheme

Following Mulago hospital executive director's announcement that Mulago Hospital is likely to be run on insurance scheme whereby people simply pay for the services, many politicians, including Speaker Rebecca Kadaga 'went out on streets' with condemning words of such a move and in their tongue-twisted languages, as usual, expressed their concerns and sympathy to the public and actually promised to fight for them.

Poor Ugandans! Up to now, they cannot tell who their enemy is. Some of you come home cursing director or a doctor or nurse X as if Mulago hospital is more run on managerial skills rather than political skills!

Now without being too drowned in my thoughts, let us look at exactly who your enemy is (between the politicians that screamed sympathy and the director that became more open and actually proposed the only thing that works, and not only here in Uganda but in all admirable health care systems in the world).

Social Identity Theory: Why genocides, racism or other prejudices happen!

In 1979, psychologist Henri Tajfel proposed a theory called social identity theory. In this theory, Tajfel emphasized that despite all of us having personal identities (what we see we are), all of us still have social identities (the social groups we identify ourselves with).

Earlier, Tajfel had recognized that categorization of people is a cognitive function that helps us to identify people in categorise, groups and schemes so we can easily arrange some social actions or understand environmental structures and functions along the way. This is good.

But with time, in small group studies, Tajfel identified that after an individual had identified himself with group A (which he called In-group), the same individual would easily identify an opposite group to be compared and competed (out-group). And so people tend to maximize similarities among members of the same group and also maximize differences between the groups.

What happens?