Name: Wooli Gerald Sanddy
Age: 26 years old
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org/0702261176
Campus: Law Development Centre, Mbarara Campus
Course: Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Year of Study: 2019/20
Position: Guild President 2019/20
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, Playing table tennis, watching football, hanging out with friends and going on road trips.
Sports team: Manchester United
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite Musician: Don Williams and Wilson Bugembe
Role Models: Dr. Roselyn Karugonjo-Segawa & Mrs. Alinda Linda-Ikanza.
Tell us about your background, your childhood, time through schools and what you would want people to know about you as the reigning Guild President.
I lost my mum and dad, so all through my life I have grown up in a beautiful and a very big extended family which I must say has taught me that nothing comes easy in life but through hard work. Am the third born in a family of seven children. My Grandfather, uncles and aunties have been the bedrock of my successes in life and I thank them all.
I studied at Mbale secondary school, and then pursued a diploma in law from Law Development Centre, then to Uganda Christian University for my LLB and finally here I am at the Law Development Centre pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Five things describe me. Am a very down to each individual, I respect everyone, I Love leadership, I love to serve and in everything I do, I always give in my best of effort because I hate failure as a person.
Have you been in leadership before?:
Yes I have. Because of my desire to serve and be a part of change in systems, I have always aspired to be a leader. Below are some of the positions I have held; Chairperson Students Council at Mbale Secondary School, Chairperson MTW Ministries, President Pan African Movement Club, President Uganda Christian University Law Society and Guild President Law Development Centre among others.
What do you like most between your personality and course?: Personality
Why Personality?: I love to look out for the people around me irrespective of your status or class. I believe each and every person deserves to be respected in society. It’s thus my belief that the privilege to be a lawyer will propel me in a position wherein I can fight and advocate for the rights of those marginalized in society.
Hardest decision ever made:
All through my leadership life, two decisions have stood out to have been the hardest yet I had to stand firm on my word. The first was refusal to adopt e-voting during my time as President UCU Law Society and secondly, a resolution to advocate for e-learning at Law Development Centre. There has been a lot of mixed reaction in both instances but with time, my fellow students have gotten to appreciate why we have gotten to take such firm and difficult decisions. I must say that in both instances, the ability to interpret the timings and prevailing circumstances within which decisions had to be made have been key at arriving to each of those two resolutions.
What is your take on e-learning?:
The decision to advocate for e-learning was really a tough one though at the same time a necessary intervention given the current prevailing circumstances. The effects brought about by COVID-19 in equal measure required adoption of measures to mitigate the dilemma we were in. In fact, in my opinion, the education sector after COVID-19 will not remain the same. It’s going to change for the better. What COVID-19 has done is that it has taken the education sector two steps behind in preparation for a bigger jump. From this situation, the job market is most likely to change and rely mostly on online delivery and so must institutions change their ways of teaching. The education system must teach students to be more comfortable with online platforms in whatever fields they end up in. Even when schools physically open, there will be a lot of a blended learning approach, which is use of both the traditional and online methods of teaching. So in my opinion, we had no option but to adopt E-learning and am happy that our efforts as a student body at LDC at the end of the day helped inform/quicken the process of The Ministry of Education and Sports coming up with Guidelines to govern E-learning in Higher Institutions of learning.
Give a brief and clear insight on balancing books and leadership?:
All my leadership life, I have learnt the art of setting priorities. I always remind myself even if am the Guild President, at the end of the day, I will be asked to account for my time as a student and not a leader. So I always balance everything that I do. I use a lot of my night time to do my reading and catch up for the lost time.
What do you like about your campus?:
I love the fact that all our professional advisors are committed to their job. There is no single day that a Professional Advisor has for whatever reason missed class like it happens at most undergraduate institutions.
Secondly, I love the practicability of the course. In comparison with University where we concentrated more on the theory bits of the law, the bar course concentrates more of the practicality of law. These are at the core of the LDC principles.
Where do you think they have failed?:
LDC being a government institution faces problems that relate with delayed financing from government and so in equal measure this has a direct impact on its delivery of some crucial services to the students. For example the LDC’s main hall has no ACs, no reading sheds on campus and others.
Which administrator would you like to imitate at LDC?:
Mrs. Alinda Linda-Ikanza. She always encourages her students to work hard and that’s the same quality that defines her. She has inspired me to be a better person in all that I do.
Any message to fellow students:
We are in very unprecedented times. The world has taken a very drastic shift and is now moving at a pace no one ever imagined would come this fast. What COVID-19 has done is that it’s brought what was supposed to happen in five or ten years to now. Therefore, my advice to students at LDC and Uganda at large is that we must adopt and learn to live in the new normal. I know it’s hard for most of us, but I believe that if we all unite and face our difficulties together we shall come out stronger.
Secondly, I advise my fellow students to not burn this lockdown period doing nothing. You could engage in lots of beneficial things to your career and community as a whole. These could range from trying out new things like writing articles, reading new areas outside your area of study, involving in community campaigns, free online courses, start applying for scholarships among others. It would be so sad if you came out of the lockdown period without anything new learnt or added to your career. Let’s make the best out of this time
Thirdly, we are all suffering the negative effects of this corona virus. However, I want us to believe that there’s a God up there that shall get us out of this. Do however tough it maybe, let’s believe and never lose hope.
Last but not the least; I know we’ve all been affected differently. I thus call upon all those that may be struggling during this time to reach out to their friends and to the Students Guild in whatever campus you belong to and trust me, we shall always find a way to help and support each other.
NOTE: Wooli Gerald is a former Law student and LSS president at UCU.
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