Victoria University students advise on Corona outbreak
By Our Reporter
Last week several students of Victoria University alongside their administrators were hosted on a live television talk show courtesy of NBS Tv’s youth voice program that airs every Saturday and it was interesting that issues of debate involved the Corona virus, drug and substance abuse among campus students and lastly learning in local languages.
DISCUSSING HEALTH AND EDUCATION; Students of Victoria University discussing key national issues.
The student’s panel included Nakitto Esther Christine studying human nutrition and dietetics, Mombera Tanak, Tumwebaze Geoffrey Breezy, and Andrew Smith while administrators included Dr. Nwanna Kevin who is dean faculty of health sciences, Rebecca Suubi program coordinator of nutrition and dietetics, Nassaka Grace head of department humanities faculty of social sciences and Kalyango among others.
They collectively discussed corona virus challenges and urged people to eat more foods with vitamins alongside fruits and juices to help counter the pandemic which has become a big threat to the entire world.
The world is still grappling with the escalating numbers of deaths as a result of corona virus which is in the region of over 13,000 with up to over 300,000 more bedridden from at least 140 countries.
Dr.Kevin noted that it was good for government to package these corona virus messages in local dialects so that the common people at the grassroots can better understand the negative implications that arise from the outbreak.
Quoting from late Nelson Mandela’s words which state that if you want to communicate to the soul, speak in the local language but if you want to communicate to the brain use English.
Students discussing issues live on television last Saturday.
They at certain intervals crossed swords with some supporting the discussion focusing on learning or teaching children in local languages as others pointed out that it was good to teach children in mother tongues up to University level but others opposed the idea saying it was better to teach children from kindergarten to lower primary school.
Majority insisted that it was better to teach in English or foreign languages like Chinese, French, and Kiswahili among others given that the world had become a global village were communication for business is done in foreign languages.
Some wondered that when someone studies Luganda, Lumasaaba, or Runyakitara and graduates with a PhD that person was much likely to become isolated in the eyes of the world because it was not possible to use those languages to make better earnings.