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Dr Muganga named Africa’s Revolutionary Educationist at PAP Global Awards

Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Prof Lawrence Muganga speaking at the 2023 PAP Global Awards on Saturday August 26 at Fairway Hotel in Kampala

Kampala, (UG): Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Lawrence Muganga has scooped yet again another global award, a reward for his unwavering contributions and innovation in the education sector not only here in Uganda, but across the globe.

The Pan African Pyramid (PAP) Global Awards were held Saturday, August 26, at Fairway Hotel in Kampala, where Dr Muganga was one of the eleven Pan Africanists recognized for their endless contributions and efforts towards uplifting the true African spirit and norms.

At the event, the Victoria University boss took home the Africa’s Revolutionary Educationist Award, a reward for his great efforts in revolutionizing Uganda’s higher education and diversification of the learning structure in general.

Speaking shortly after being gifted the accolade, Dr Muganga heaped praise onto the organizing board of PAP for recognizing him among the many educationists on the African continent and vowed not to give up on campaigning for what he describes as ‘Authentic Learning”, an education system that prioritizes the child’s capability and skills.

Bishop Joshua Maponga III of Zimbabwe hands over the medal and award to Prof. Muganga on Saturday, August 26

”I have received this award on behalf of all scholars who advocate for any education system that makes sense. Am happy that Bishop Maponga and I speak the same language,” Dr Muganga earmarked.

He added; “Where do you see an education system that has a curriculum yet the real world doesn’t follow the curriculum? A student seat in a classroom Monday to Friday and graduates without experience yet the labor market demands experience. Therefore, an education system that doesn’t mirror real life is dead and we should fight it because it’s not African.”

“Let’s embrace the African Indigenous education system which I call the Authentic Learning, An education system of the doing not cramming,” Dr Muganga noted.

The African Revolutionary Educationist Award given to Prof Lawrence Muganga

Saturday’s PAP event saw hundreds of participants proudly clad in their charming African attires graced the function with famous Zimbabwean Pan-Africanist dubbed Seventh Day Adventist Church Bishop Joshua Marara III Maponga and his wife presiding over as the main guests of the day.

Others who attended the much-witting show included; the Cuban Ambassador to Uganda H.E Mrs.Tania Perez, UN Peace Keeping Ambassador to East Africa HE. Paul Flynn, a representative from the family of Martin Luther King Junior, and officials from various pro-African NGOs, cultural chiefs and politicians.

About Dr Lawrence Muganga

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Dr. Lawrence Muganga is a Ugandan-born Canadian Researcher, academic administrator, learning enabler, digital economist, and award-winning author. His passion for education is fueled by his belief that every student deserves to connect with the possibilities in a continuously changing world of work.

He attended Makerere University Kampala from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Economics and Rural Economy. Later, he attained a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy Management (EPM), still from Makerere University.

Victoria University VC, Prof Lawrence Muganga (In Black) in the company of Pan African Pyramid Speaker Mr Andrew Irumba (R) arriving at PAP Global Awards 2023 on Saturday, August 26, 2023

In 2011, he attended Georgia Brown College where he qualified for a Certificate in instructing adults (Teaching and Training).

He attended Harvard University, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning from where he attained a Higher Education Teaching Certificate. He also attended military training in Gabiro and intelligence training in Kibuye present-day Karongi in Rwanda.

Muganga is the author of bestselling books including ”You Can’t Make Fish Climb Trees’’ and Authentic University.

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With a career spanning for over two decades, the Oxford University alumni has been recognized as a change advocator, education reformist, strategist, and enterprising leader.

He is venerated for his enviable oratory and inspirational prowess and the Oxford Debate bestowed upon him the title ‘’an expert and speaker of the Oxford Debate’’.

As an established Academic guru, Muganga says his ultimate goal is to restore the promise of higher education and ensure that it is affordable and accessible to all.

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