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Global lives mabingo_uganda

  1. 1. The Journey to our being: How do we become who and what we are Alfdaniels Mivule Basiibye Mabingo Uganda New York University
  2. 2. What color is my continent?
  3. 3. Uganda • Located in East Africa • Has approx. 35 Million people • More than 60 tribes • More than 60 tribal languages • It is a plateau
  4. 4. Family background • • • • • 23 siblings Baganda people Central Uganda Grew up doing farming Also did some other activities such as hunting, fishing, arts and crafts, etc • Different responsibilities at home. The responsibilities are gendered
  5. 5. The traditional dinning table • Life is pre-dominantly subsistence • The entire family engages in farming, harvesting • Commercialization/trading in food items also exists in some communities. • But there are no stores in rural areas
  6. 6. Growing up as a child in Uganda • Until they grow up, children take care of their siblings • Other community members also do – a child belongs to the community. • Children create their songs, games, stories, dances, etc. • An average family has 6 children • Children also attend school
  7. 7. My family • Families normally convene get together events • Family members also meet when there is a function such as weddings, last funeral rites, birthday parties, burials, etc. • They can also keep in touch via phone, skype, social medial, email, etc.
  8. 8. Community and Culture In rural communities At school
  9. 9. Nature of housing Rural areas Urban and semi-urban
  10. 10. National symbols and culture The crested crane The colours
  11. 11. Life growing up • At school (middle, high, college), students can specialize in areas such as history, medicine, engineering, law, music, theater, literature, etc. • Students do date but it is not allowed at school. • Schools are both day and boarding. The cultural and social dynamic in both settings is different,
  12. 12. Performing in NYC • After college, students join the work force in different sectors. • Some go for grad school. • The is no student loan system in Uganda • They buy land, build houses, start families, have children. • Formal marriages are not very common. • Social status is attained different from the U.S.
  13. 13. Closing exercises • Together with students, we will practically identify the different ways in which a traditional mat can be used. • Get a certain amount of water and, together with students, identify how this water can be adequately used. Objective To demonstrate how meager resources can be maximally utilized for survival.
  14. 14. Conclusion Reflection and questions Mwebale nnyo! Mweraba