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School of Arts and Social Sciences hosts international workshop


Maseno University School of Arts and Social Sciences has conducted a one week international workshop on Social Work and Social Sciences Africa Network (SWAN) from 4th -8th May at the Kisumu Hotel.

The workshop themed ‘Social Development in Family Welfare’ is part of an exchange program that involves nine universities of Applied Sciences in Finland, Maseno University School of Arts and Social Sciences, Moshi Cooperative University of Tanzania and Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Partnerships Research and Innovations Prof. Joseph Chacha acknowledged the importance of partnerships and bonding among scholars around the world as a way of knowledge dissemination and social welfare improvement.

‘In the world today, it is hard to work in isolation. It is important to partner and bond with people from other cultures around the world so as to increase your knowledge capacity’, he said.

Prof. Chacha who represented the Vice- Chancellor Prof Dominic Makawiti advised the participants to expand and include more partners in the program so as to promote multidisciplinary and multi institutional ideas in proposal writing in order to improve research in social sciences.
The objective of the workshop is to promote sustainable social development projects which are aimed at promoting social work among families, children, and the disabled through empowering societal welfare in the four countries.
The SWAN program also aims to enhance human capacity through interaction and international mobility in order to develop professionalism and competence where lecturers as well as students are able to travel oversea or across the borders to meet and learn from their counterparts.

Through the program, the Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr.Felix Kioli and the Principal Kisumu City Campus, Prof. Sussy Gumo have been able to travel to Finland as well as Ethiopia on faculty exchange programme.

In his speech, Prof.Mengistu Legesse  of Addis Ababa University stressed on the importance of multicultural interaction among people as it improves the development of human beings.
He challenged Maseno University and Moshi Cooperative University to embrace and incorporate degree programs in their system in order to increase social work and social activities among the people.
‘In Addis Ababa University we have degree programs on social work and social related activities which have made us unique in terms of producing professional social workers in the country’, he added.

During the workshop, undergraduates and postgraduates students presented their concept papers based on social work and social sciences in their respective countries for scrutiny by professors and other learners as way of knowledge exchange and understanding of the various cultures within Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Finland.

The SWAN program is sponsored by the Finnish government and coordinated by Dr Felix Kioli of Maseno University, Prof. Mengistu Legesse of Addis Ababa University, Prof. Leo Donge of Moshi Cooperative University  and Mr. Ilmo Attila of Finland.