Name: Constance Mudondo
Course taken: MA Development Studies (completed 2008)
Current work title / position: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Makerere University, Kampala.
“Kimmage provides a unique learning experience. What I liked most was the conducive environment that is provided for learning. The lecturers are warm and very approachable; they are always there for you whenever you need them, not only on academic issues but even when you need personal support.
The wealth of experience of participants provides a unique learning experience. The lectures are not ‘a top-down thing’ (from lecturer to participants), but it is shared learning. Sitting in class and listening to practical examples from participants coming from various countries such as East Timor, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and many others was very informative and contributed greatly to how I perceive problems affecting the world to day.
The library at Kimmage may appear small but had all the books required for my study. Coming from Uganda, I thought it would not be easy to get literature on issues about Sub-Saharan Africa, but it was all there for me to read.
I gained a lot of skills from Kimmage but the ones I have been able to apply so far are skills in conducting research and project evaluations. From the skills I acquired, I have ably conducted baseline surveys and implemented evaluations for organizations. The course also equipped me with the skill of facilitation which I have used to facilitate trainings. I have conducted trainings on mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in development programmes for organizations.
I have also been able to lecture in the undergraduate programme at the University of Makerere where I work, particularly in Research methods, Rural Sociology and Sociology of Development”.