Kamugisha has been a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) since 2006, specialising in sociology and in particular medical sociology. He has conducted research on health related issues and especially on sexually transmitted infections, their preferred treatments, access and utilization of health care services in Tanzania. He has also investigated patient-health provider relationships in the context of health care reforms in Tanzania.
He has been working on delivering the Young Scientists model to Tanzania since 2009. As a CDPC fellow at NUI, Maynooth, he was engaged in research in development education and science for development. Kamugisha worked with students presenting projects for the Irish Young Scientists and he gained first hand knowledge about all aspects of the Irish project. He quickly realized the potential of transferring the Young Scientists model to Tanzania. He has been a strong advocate in highlighting its ability to create a much needed science culture in secondary schools in Tanzania. His experience in Ireland prompted him to start negotiations with CDPC for the transfer of the Young Scientists model to Tanzania.
He worked tirelessly in setting the groundwork and eventually convinced the CDPC to work with him in partnership to pilot the project in Tanzania. As Executive Director of YST, his hard work was finally realized with staging of the highly successful first ever Young Scientists Tanzania exhibition in 2012. During DevEd week last year we managed to videoconference into the Exhibition Hall in Dar es Salaam to talk to Kamugisha and to some of the students, including the winners! (unbeknownst to us at the time!). The second successful YST exhibition took place this September.
Kamugisha has developed and delivered teacher workshops in the the various regions throughout Tanzania. He also mentors the projects from the regions where he works with the teachers and students.
We are deeply honoured and thrilled to welcome Kamugisha back to NUI Maynooth and look forward to hearing news from YST.