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Pamela Kampire

Pamela Kampire

Pamela Kampire

Pamela Kampire currently serves as the Senior Technical Officer Gender for the USAID Community Connector Project. She originally worked for Self Help Africa. She is conscientious, hardworking and with a strong pro-poor orientation. She contends that her time at Kimmage shaped her knowledge and inspiration to look beyond the here and the now. The training approach at Kimmage instilled the norms of doing things in a community perspective-thus exploring opportunities that harness the local community knowledge and capacity. During trainings on adult education which was a core subject, she contends that they learnt that human beings are all knowledgeable, they know their lived experiences and they can come up with solutions themselves which they can act on, to improve their livelihoods. To Ms Kampire, this was something new, because of her background from a banking type of education where learners are treated as empty vessels that the teachers come to fill with knowledge.

The discovery that communities have indigenous knowledge which development practitioners should begin with has continued to inspire her to date. For example when carrying out trainings, Ms Kampire uses the problem posing materials, that trigger the groups into discussions, of the how, why, what and eventually they come up with solutions to the problem/issue themselves.

At a personal level, Ms Kampire is engaging, social and very resourceful in identifying opportunities. She is a strong negotiator in a fast paced multi-cultural setting. I have no doubt, Kimmage training system shaped her current portfolio.

Robert Genshi, Technical Officer, Self Help Africa, Uganda.

“My time at Kimmage has in some way shaped who I am today, from a personal perspective and from the community development level. As a person, Kimmage transformed my personal understanding, and I learned how to look at things differently. Kimmage shaped my knowledge and inspired me to look beyond the here and the now, and to go for my dreams and stop worrying about the how. In development, I learned to do things in a community perspective, for example to begin with what the communities know and build on what they have. In adult education which was a core subject we learned that human beings are all knowledgeable, they know their lived experiences and they can come up with solutions themselves which they can act on, to improve their livelihoods. To me this was something new, because I had come from a banking type of education where learners are treated as empty vessels that the teachers come to fill with knowledge.

The discovery that communities have indigenous knowledge which we can begin with has continued to inspire me to date, especially how I carry out my development education work. For example when I am carrying out trainings, I use problem posing materials, that trigger the groups into discussions, of the how, why, what and eventually they come up with solutions to the problem/issue themselves. The whole issue of development education and adult learning, was a big learning for me and there is no institute that does it better than Kimmage. I had done some short courses in various places but the Kimmage course is unique and liberating, even the way how knowledge is passed on in Kimmage is different. All in all my time in Kimmage was wonderful and it shaped my general outlook of the world as the class itself was multi-cultural but we all lived in harmony. Indeed my time in Kimmage continues to inspire me in my personal life and in my day to day work in various ways, like I have the ability to consult and negotiate with others, as a result of the multiplicity and multicultural nature of the environment in Kimmage. Additionally, I possess sound judgement in taking decisions where there is sometimes no precedent.”

Pamela Kampire

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