What is the Epicentre Methodology?
The Epicentre programme is founded in the unyielding belief that the people of Uganda like all the people world over are KEY to their development.
The programme uses the following approach and methods.
1. Consciousness raising to deal with mind set change first. Members of the community (women, men, youth, children and people with disabilities) are introduced to the principles of the creative process whose key elements are: vision, corresponding current reality and the resultant structural tension due to the gap between the two. This is what we have called the ‘Visionary Approach’ to sustainable development. They learn how to form a vision for themselves, their families, communities and at the same time recognize accurately their realities they are in. Experience has shown that when one realizes the gap between what one wants and what one has, this generates energy to plan, mobilize resources and make informed choices on how to meet their aspirations. If these principles are internalized and practiced, visionary leadership emerges. This leadership mobilized others to apply the same principles. In this way the desire for change/development comes organically and energy levels to change the status quo for the better become higher and higher. Besides community members, local leaders will be trained in a similar fashion to develop human right based development plans as a tool for community driven development.
2. Extension and training in interrelated disciplines. The participants are introduced in what they intuitively did but are often not conscious about: integrated planning. They are used, often by force, to segment development disciplines. In this project will learn systems thinking to address the interconnectedness of health, education, financial self-sufficiency, civic participation and human/gender rights within their lives – in concert with visionary leadership. The entry point is health, especially water and sanitation, and nutrition based agriculture. Thereafter, linkages for financial intermediation and training in natural resources management, appropriate technologies and gender related issues including human rights will follow.
3. Information sharing and dialogues. Members of the communities and leaders will share their views on the community radio (KKCR 91.7 FM)). They will give testimonies how they change their mind sets and apply the newly gained skills to change the quality of life. Dialogues between the different stakeholders are organised to enhance shared visions and shared actions plans and transcendence above tribal, religious, gender and political barriers.
4. 2-generation approach. Adults and children at schooling age (including girls) are supported to develop collaborative structures to ensure sustainable livelihood and health in their homes and communities. For example, they learn together, develop a shared vision, analyze their current situation, apply systems thinking and team learning, plan for actionable steps together and learn functional adult literacy skills to attain their shared goals.

 

 
URDT extends Cervical Cancer
Screening services to the called hard
to reach areas in Kagadi District
Ndaiga Sub County.

 
URDT held a board of
directors and senior management
retreat from 6th – 7th/Feb/2019.

URDT-ARU holds a staff
conference with the aim of
orienting staff on the core
principles of the organization

URDT institute graduates are
championing entrepreneurship in
the communities

Graduates urged to seek
self-employment during
the African Rural University
4th Graduation ceremony

African rural university
Students clean Kagadi town
streets and market in a move
to keep the Town Council clean

Robert Fritz
Trains Over 200 URDT Staff and
Community Leaders on Visionary
Leadership at URDT

URDT Cervical Cancer project Launched
in Kagadi on the 26th January 2018 at URDT

The government of Uganda praises URDT
for transforming the youth and the country

H.E president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Commissioned the Kagadi Kibaale Media House
On 13th November 2015, at URDT campus

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Upcoming Major Events

 
  • Installation and launch of KKC TV at the media house.

  • Staff development workshop at URDT facilitated by Robert Fritz from 19th to 26th March 2019

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URDT and ARU Management has held its Staff Conference for 2019
URDT/ARU STAFF CONFERENCE 2019
URDT/ARU STAFF CONFERENCE 2019
URDT Institute Students during their Welding classes
Institute Hands on
Institute Hands on
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Our Campus
Our Campus
Cervical cancer project
Training Cervical cancer nurses
Training Cervical cancer nurses
pupils in their farms
Pupil Managed School Farm
Pupil Managed School Farm
URDT embraces culture
Cultural Asset center
Cultural Asset center
KKCR Acts as a forum for participation and information sharing for rural transformation
Information Sharing by KKC Radio
Information Sharing by KKC Radio
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