Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin (Summer)

Faculty and Staff

Daniel Lumonya, Academic Director
Daniel Lumonya, a Ugandan national, received his BA in social work and social administration and his MA in social sector planning and management from Makerere University in Uganda. In addition, he holds certificates in research methodology and project formulation, as well as project planning and management.

Daniel worked with the Uganda Constitutional Commission as part of a team that prepared Uganda’s 1995 constitution. He has lectured at Makerere University and served as a World Studies Fellow at Marlboro College in Vermont. He has served as an international student advisor and a World Studies Committee member and has taught courses on social dimensions of development, coordinating global perspectives, and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

From 2001 to 2007, Daniel served as the academic coordinator for the SIT Uganda: Development Studies program. For the past four years, he has taken students to Rwanda to study the impact of conflict on development and has been involved in a number of research projects and presentations on the health and safety of children and families in the region.

In addition to his position as academic director of SIT’s Uganda/Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin summer program, he is the academic director of SIT’s Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding semester program. Daniel is currently undertaking his PhD at Cornell University.

Annette Kimenyi

Program Staff:
Annette Kimenyi, Program Assistant
Annette Kimenyi is a Rwandan national, a mother of two teenage girls, and a resident of Gasabo district Kigali, Rwanda. She was born and raised in Uganda where she completed high school in 1993 at Masaka Secondary School, not very far from the Uganda/Rwanda border. She later continued her education in Rwanda where she obtained a diploma in secretarial studies at the Kigali Institute of Education in 2005. Prior to joining SIT, Annette worked as a client services manager in advertizing and media, an accounts manager, an event manager, a social worker, and an administrator in Kigali city local government. Annette is versatile and dynamic. She is fluent in English, Kinyarwanda, and French.

Annette’s responsibilities include student support in cross-cultural adjustment and academic learning experiences under supervision of the academic director, program logistics and planning, field visit organization, and office management.

Miriam Ouma, Program Assistant
Miriam has been working with SIT Study Abroad in Uganda since the spring of 2005. Her many duties and responsibilities include assisting the academic director in drafting the program schedule, managing program logistics, and helping coordinate the program's lectures. Miriam is completing a degree in development studies at Makerere University.

Lecturers for this program typically include:
Denis Bikesha
Mr. Bikesha received a law degree (LLB) in 2004 from the Rwanda National University in Butare and since then has worked as a lawyer for the National Service of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda, which deals with cases related to the Rwandan genocide. In 2007, he became the National Service's director of training, mobilization, and sensitization. He is currently finalizing his master's degree in law (LLM) at the National University of Rwanda.

Mr. Bikesha has been very active in organizing training sessions and seminars regarding unity and reconciliation in Rwanda as well as abroad. He has attended various trainings in the field of transitional justice and peacebuilding. He has spent time in the US studying the American judicial system and has traveled to five US states as an international visitor of the US Department of State. He has worked with SIT since 2005, as both a homestay coordinator and lecturer.

Bosco Habyarimana
Mr. Habyarimana is an assistant researcher and lecturer at the Center for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. He lectures on conflict transformation as well as civic and peace education. He received his MA in peace education from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. After obtaining his BEd in language teaching, Mr. Habyarimana worked for two years as a teacher of English and head of teaching staff. In 2006, he joined the National University of Rwanda as a tutorial assistant in the School for Foundation Language Skills, where he is in charge of teaching English to students ready to commence their university courses.

Paul Rutayisire
A Rwandan national, Professor Rutayisire holds a PhD in history from Fribourg University in Switzerland. He lectures at the National University of Rwanda and is director of the university's Center for Conflict Management. His fields of specialization are religion and society as well as conflict transformation and genocide studies. He has published extensively on Rwandan history and has participated in many crucial research projects on topics related to the post-genocide reconstruction of Rwanda.

Bernard Noel Rutikanga
Bernard Noel Rutikanga obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, between 1976 and 1980. At the undergraduate level he was trained to teach African history and African literature. His master's degree focused on contemporary African history. He taught for ten years at Dar es Salaam Teachers College before directing a Namibian and South African refugee scholarship program in Tanzania for five years in collaboration with the now-defunct World University Service, Geneva. Mr. Rutikanga has been teaching contemporary Rwandan history at the National University of Rwanda since 1995. He has published on reconciliation and ethnicity in Rwanda. He has also served as a judge in the Gacaca courts (the traditional jurisdiction system that has been trying people for genocide-related crimes committed in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994). In 2000 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College in Massachusetts.

Fr. John Felix Opio
Fr. Opio received a master of arts and bachelor of arts in philosophy from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi. He also holds a bachelor of arts in theology from Urban University in Rome and a postgraduate diploma in teacher education (PGDE-TE) from Makerere University. He is a registered graduate teacher in Uganda's Ministry of Education and Sports. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Opio participated in peace and reconciliation activities in northern Uganda. He was an active participant in the Juba peace talks between the Lord's Resistance Army Rebels (LRA) and the government of the Republic of Uganda through the mediation of the government of South Sudan and the United Nations. He served as executive director of Caritas Gulu Archdiocese and worked with a team of trained social workers with experience in service delivery during emergency and conflict situations. He is a prospective PhD student at Gulu University.

Dr. Kitara David Lagoro
Dr. Lagoro is a lecturer at Gulu University in the Faculty of Medicine. He has a master of medicine (MMed) from Makerere University and holds a certificate in planning and management of health services from the Uganda Management Institute. Dr. Lagoro is a fellow of the Association of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa. Additionally, he holds a certificate in administrative law from the Law Development Centre and a postgraduate diploma in project planning and management from Gulu University. For his MMed thesis, he conducted research on "Possum Scoring Systems in Patients Undergoing Laparotomy in Mulago Hospital."

Henry Kilama Komakech
Mr. Komakech has been a managing partner of Komakech-Kilama & Co. Advocates in Gulu, Uganda, from January 2001 until the present. He is currently pursuing a master's of peace and conflict transformation studies at Gulu University. He has previously received a postgraduate diploma in conflict management and peace studies from Gulu University, Uganda, and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala. He also holds a bachelor's of law degree (Hons.) from Makerere University and an accreditation as a mediator from Regent's College London and Cardiff Law School. He has received training from Cardiff Law School in negotiations, mediation, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Costs Dates

Credits: 6

Duration: 6 weeks

Program Base: Gulu, Uganda, and Kigali, Rwanda

Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but students will benefit from a background in peace and conflict resolution, social justice, human rights, and/or African history and politics. Psychological stability and emotional maturity are required in order for students to co Read more...


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