ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT OWINY MARK ANTHONY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.
Makerere University | Kampala, Uganda | Advancing SDG 16 & UNAI 1
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because I will be part of the people who are making an impact in the world by actively working hand in hand with the United Nations in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. I am also very excited to be able to learn from the experiences of other fellows and also share my experience with my colleagues. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: The Justice Monument at Makerere University
As a millennium fellow, I worked on a project called the "JUSTICE MONUMENT AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY" The project is intended to put up a permanent statue at Makerere University under the theme "The Struggle for Justice in Africa"
This is to act as a constant reminder to Uganda in particular and Africa at large of the struggle for justice and fundamental importance of Justice in the society given that Makerere University is the premier and oldest University in East and Central Africa now 108 years old, with students from all over the world.
The monument was completed and opened for viewing on Friday 5th October 2018 during the Annual Justice Week which attracted over 500 guests and it graced the occasion.
PURPOSE AND SYMBOLIC MEANING OF THE MONUMENT:
The purpose of this Monument was to commemorate the Annual Justice Week 2018 which I organized with the support from the University and to act as a constant reminder to both the current and future generations of the the importance of Justice in our society and the various struggles Africa has gone through to achieve Justice so that Justice is always taken with utmost importance.
DESCRIPTION OF EACH FEATURE ON THE MONUMENT
1. THE ENERGETIC BLIND FOLDED MAN IN BACK CLOTH AT THE BASE:
The energetic man represents the typical African and backcloth represents the original African culture.
2.THE PIECES OF ROCK ENGULFING THE MAN
This shows the injustice that Africa has suffered is as hard as a rock and the man has to break through the rock inorder to achieve justice.
3. THE RED MATERIAL COVERING THE EYES OF THE MAN AND THE LADY
The lady and man are blind folded because of the concept that Justice is blind and should be delivered without descrimination.
4. THE BOOK ABOVE THE ROCK
This shows that even after breaking through the rock of injustice there is yet another barrier which is the written law found in books given that Uganda uses the common law system which is codified yet the reading culture in Africa is very poor, the expression in court is mainly English which is undestood by a small majority and further the legal jargons are very complicated even for those who understand English since the administratora of justice that is to say judges and laws must undergo extensive training which requires vast reading of books and many years in school, further the leagal ignorance of law is no defence in courts of law has made a number of people to be denied justice, this has made access to justice very difficult and costly.
5. THE BLIND FOLDED LADY ABOVE THE BOOK.
This is the Universal symbol of of justice known as lady Justice, which the African is strugglinh to by pass the barries so as to access it, it is potrayed as feminine because women are usually soft.
6. THE SWORD BEING RAISED BY THE LADY
This indicates that justice must be delivered without fear and favour.
7. THE MAP OF AFRICA
This symbolises Africa that is desparately in need of Justice delivered.
8. THE TINY CIRCLE WITHIN THE MAP AND THE LINES ORIGINATING FROM IT.
The tiny is at the position of Uganda on the map of Africa indicating my vision
originating from Uganda to other parts of Africa and the world at large.
FUNDING FOR THE MONUMENT
I was able to secure the greater percentage of funding from the Ugandan Ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent Representative to the African Union, IGAD and UNECCA Her Excellency Rebecca Amuge Otengo and also from the University.
My appreciation goes to my mum, the Millenium campus network, the United Nations Academic Impact all the fellows, the funder, partners and everyone who was part of the project and hope that the Millenium Campus Network (MCN) and United Nations Academic Imapct team consider my project and also visits Makerere University to be able to have a look at the Justice Monument.
Compiled on Monday 19th November 2018.
About the Millennium Fellow
My name is Owiny Mark Anthony, I am pursuing a programme of study leading to a bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University. I have finished my second year and will be going to the third year in the academic year 2018/18. I am currently the Guild Representative Councilor for Makerere Law School and the Minister for Justice and constitutional affairs in the Makerere University Guild cabinet 2018/19.