Ugandan humanists empower youth leaders to champion democratic values

  • post Type / Members and partners
  • Date / 8 March 2024

In a bid to promote democratic leadership values among university students in Mbarara City, Freedom Centre Uganda, an Associate of Humanists International, in collaboration with various student leaders, has successfully implemented the “Recentering and promoting democratic humanist leadership values among University student leaders in Mbarara City” project.

This initiative, supported by Humanists International’s 2023 Grants Program, aimed to instill a culture of inclusivity, transparency, and accountability within student leadership entities. By its conclusion, the project impacted 88 individuals.

Kaheru Edgar, the IT Minister at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, expressed his commitment to practicing humanism values during his tenure. He highlighted how incorporating these principles facilitated inclusive decision-making processes and enhanced transparency within the student leadership body.

Rachel, a student leader at Bishop Stuart University, echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the importance of empathy and inclusivity in leadership. She noted how the project fostered collaboration among student leaders and promoted a conducive environment for diverse voices to be heard.

Reflecting on the success of the project, Twesigye Leonard, Youth Coordinator at Freedom Centre Uganda, expressed optimism about its sustainability. He highlighted plans to replicate the project in other educational institutions and communities, emphasizing the project’s role in promoting democratic leadership values beyond university campuses. With chapters formed within universities and growing interest from other organizations, the project is poised to continue empowering future leaders across Uganda.

Twesigye Leonard, Youth Coordinator at Freedom Centre Uganda, stated: 

“The success of this project demonstrates the transformative power of humanist democratic leadership values. We are committed to expanding our efforts and empowering more young leaders to create positive change in their communities.”


Javan Lev Poblador, Young Humanists International Coordinator of Humanists International, added:

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact of the project, supported by our 2023 Grants Program. Congratulations to Freedom Centre Uganda and all collaborating student leaders for successfully instilling values of inclusivity, transparency, and accountability within student leadership bodies. It’s inspiring to witness the tangible results of empowering young leaders to embrace these democratic principles.”

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