Empowering Education: MakRun 2024 Advocates for Students with Disabilities

Makerere University’s annual MakRun is set to return on August 18th, 2024, under the theme “Run for Students with Disabilities,” with a noble mission to raise funds for the construction of a cutting-edge Students’ Centre and Disability Support Unit.

State Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Balaam Barugahara, applauded the visionary leadership of Dr. Maggie Chigozie, the late Dr. Martin Aliker, and their team for spearheading the revival of the endowment fund and the inception of the MakRun. “Let’s stand in solidarity with students with disabilities by participating in this meaningful initiative,” he urged, highlighting the importance of promoting both physical well-being and academic success.

Echoing this sentiment, Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, stressed the university’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. “The true measure of an institution lies in its care for individuals with disabilities,” he asserted, calling upon alumni and friends of Makerere to contribute towards its enduring mission.

Martin Owiny, a member of the Board of Trustees, provided an update on the endowment fund’s progress, expressing optimism about its growth and the commitment to inclusivity reflected in this year’s theme.

Chairperson of the MakRun Organizing Committee, John Chris Ninsiima, welcomed attendees to the launch of the fourth edition, acknowledging the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Aliker and inviting all to join hands in fostering inclusivity and supporting students with disabilities.

The MakRun seeks to unite students, faculty, alumni, and the public in championing a worthy cause while celebrating diversity within the university community. Participants can register and contribute UGX 20,000 to receive a running vest, with proceeds dedicated to the construction of vital facilities, including the Student Centre and Disability Support Unit. These facilities aim to provide essential resources and specialized support services to ensure that students with disabilities have equal opportunities to thrive academically.

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