First Lady Janet Museveni signs a Visitors’ book on arrival at the Israel Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem while Mrs Sara Netanyahu looks on


The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Israel’s Prime Minister’s wife Mrs Sarah Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

The First Lady was in Israel on invitation by Israel’s Government Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) in partnership with the AgroStudies International Centre for Agriculture as the Guest of Honour at the graduation ceremony of 1,200 students from the AgroStudies programme for developing countries which took place on Sunday in Jerusalem. The graduating students included 213 Ugandans.

During their meeting Mrs Museveni and Mrs Netanyahu discussed how to strengthen skills training and how Uganda and Israel can strengthen their cooperation in this area.

Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu pledged Israel’s support to skills training through the MASHAV program. Uganda is already benefiting from Mashav, however, Mrs. Sara Netanyahu promised to strength this support with particular focus on skills development.

Mrs. Janet Museveni recommended the provision of instructors to Uganda’s Vocational Institutes as one of the areas of support where Uganda could benefit from Israel.

Earlier in the day, Mrs Janet Museveni, flanked by some members of Makerere University Council, also met with the Agro Studies Chief Executive Officer Yaron Tamir in Jerusalem and discussed further cooperation and possibility of increasing the number of Ugandan students benefitting from the AgroStudies training programme in the next intakes.

Mrs. Janet Museveni was grateful to the Israel’s Government and the AgroStudies Chief Executive Officer and management for the hands-on training programme which she described as an eye opener that exposes the students to the agricultural skills required by the whole world.

She however recommended the need for an institutional framework to regularize the programme within the Government structures for proper coordination. She also added that an inter-ministerial committee including the Ministry of Education and Sports, Agriculture and others needs to be established to coordinate all the Universities and other institutions participating in the programme.

Yaron Tamir emphasized the need for Government to build a mechanism for ensuring that the returning interns are guided on what agricultural enterprise to invest in and transfer their knowledge. He also advised that the returning AgoStudies graduates should be helped to form a Cooperative through which they can market their products.

He encouraged the Uganda Government not to hesitate to request the Government of Israel for more slots in the Agrostudies programme.

On the same day, the First Lady also met the Chairman Better Education and Tomashin Group Shimon Cohen together with Yudith Rosenthal a Director from the MASHAV Education Training Centre with whom they discussed partnering in skills development and teacher training programmes.

“It is time for Ugandans to start doing their own work instead of relying on people from other countries, and in order to do this we need a critical mass of skilled Ugandans; therefore, we welcome friends willing to show us the way”, she said.

Bruce Kabasa (Member Makerere University Council), Dr. Charles Wana Etyem (Chairperson Makerere University Council), First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni, Yaron Tamir (CEO AgroStudies), Inbal Shoval (an Official from AgroStudies) and Thomas Tayebwa (Member Makerere University Council and MP Ruhinda North) after their meeting in Jerusalem

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