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Gulu to get Columbia peace institute

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th October 2008 03:00 AM

COLUMBIA University has formed an alliance with five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to open up an institute of peace and development studies in Gulu district.

COLUMBIA University has formed an alliance with five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to open up an institute of peace and development studies in Gulu district.

The institute, expected to start next year, will be located at Gulu High School, 3km on the Gulu-Juba road. The retired Anglican Bishop of Kitgum Diocese, McLeod Baker Ochola, thanked the US-based University for the support.

Paul Kellner, a researcher from the university, said they had established a learning network that would help the institute. Kellner added that they would start with certificate courses and later expand to diploma and degree courses.

Gulu district secretary, Santa Oketa, said the Acholi community needed such institutes to enable the people solve conflicts.

The NGOs to partner with the university are International Rescue Committee and Save the Children in Uganda. The others are UNICEF, Christian Children Fund and the Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

Gulu to get Columbia peace institute

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