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Commencement Lecture given by Sr. Elizabeth Nakayiza, RSCJ,


Kisubi University – February 9th, 2017.

Sr. Nancy Koke, RSCJ

Sr. Nancy Koke, RSCJ

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the day before graduation at the University of Kisubi. Sr. Elizabeth Nakayiza, RSCJ, and Dean of the Faculty of Education, was invited to give the Commencement Lecture to the graduates, faculty, staff and other invited visitors to Kisubi. The turnout was the largest they have ever had for such an event and included students from 10 local secondary schools and some of their teachers, a visiting professor from a University in England and representatives from several other universities.


The topic was “Education and Sustainable Development” with a focus on: “Educating the Inner Person” and “Mentoring Uganda’s Next Generation of Mindful Leaders”. Sister Doctor Elizabeth”, as they called her, gave a very inspiring and motivational power point presentation. It included several contemporary definitions of mindfulness[; a brief history of mindfulness; some of the ways one can practice mindfulness; research findings in her own study of mindfulness; and the positive effects of mindfulness in contrast to the results of mindlessness and the challenge to integrate the practice of mindfulness into the Ugandan educational system. All of these topics are covered in her recent book: Mindfulness for Educational Leadership in the 21st Century: Quest for Mindful Leadership in Education Reforms in Uganda. She officially launched her book and the schools, which were represented, each received five copies of the book for free to go and introduce mindfulness in their respective school. In talking about her book, Elizabeth emphasized that all stakeholders in an educational institution should be involved in the decision-making process. This includes administrators, professors, alumni, students and parents.
Click on this linkto access the power point on Mindfulness.