Campus – Joel Isabirye, the deputy Education Minister for KIU Western Campus is
a person who is not shy to take on leadership positions.
Medicine student holds posts in almost every student organization he subscribes
to. Apart from serving in the guild union, he is also the class president for
second-year medicine students, a member of the executive committee of Basoga
Nseete- the KIU Basoga students’ cultural association, Member of Parliament for
Faculty of Biomedicals and an executive committee member on Timeless Mission, a
student based debate organization.
prides himself more in being able to serve as the link between fellow students
and the university lecturers, especially during the lockdown period.
“I have always
made sure that I perform my role as an MP of a full faculty and a minister of
education,” Isabirye, who is self-isolating at his parents’ home in Bulenga,
Wakiso district, says.
“I have bridged
the gap that was created by this serious pandemic through providing the
required information from the administration like student usernames and
passwords, to the students through their class representatives,” he adds.
states that he organizes regular online meetings with class representatives on
behalf of the guild education ministry, to emphasize consistent distribution of
uses videos, audio discussions with classmates and sample questions from
different textbooks in addition to course material from lecturers, to study.
discussion groups on WhatsApp with some of his classmates, where they share
questions and test themselves to monitor their progress.
challenging to study from home because of distractions from other family
members. So, I usually read at night, when the others are asleep,” Isabirye
Apart from his academic
and student leadership work, he also helps out with chores like grazing cattle,
cleaning the poultry house and cooking, sometimes.
spared some time to learn a few skills like baking, art and craft skills and
decoration and advised his fellow students to live responsibly in this period,
while following the guidelines from the Ministry of Health in order to prevent
the spread of COVID-19.
Photo Credit: Joel Isabirye