Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development is a government Institution under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. It was started in 1952 as a Local Government Training Centre to produce executive clerks to run departmental services under the colonial and post-independence Governments. After independence, Nsamizi started courses to produce professionals that replaced colonial officers. These courses were geared towards training citizens in home economics, public administration, community development, stores, justice, secretarial, agriculture and cooperatives. One of these professional courses was Social Welfare and Community Development.
In 1972, there was a policy review that resulted in phasing out all courses except Social Welfare and Community Development. Consequently, Social Welfare and Community Development course were re-organized into two major awards namely a one-year Certificate course and a two-year Diploma in Social Development. These are in-service courses whose trainees are nominated by different Government departments. Since the advent of decentralization policy, the Local Governments are still involved in selecting the trainees for the courses.
Nsamizi as an Institute geared to development, developed innovative courses to meet the current needs of local governments. The Institute offers the following courses: Diploma courses in Social Work [D(SW)]; in Literacy and Adult Education [D(LAE)]; in Development Studies [D(DS)] and in Entrepreneurship Development [D(ED)]. These courses expose students to theory and practical experience in the field. For each course, students are sent for fieldwork for a period of 90 days under close supervision. In addition, the Institute runs tailor-made courses for different needs of local governments on demand basis.
Currently the Institute has a student’s population of 892 (47% females and 53% males) of who 300 are resident while others stay out of campus. In addition the Institute has registered about 223 Students as distance learners.
The Institute is a public institution under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. For quality assurance; External examiners are drawn from Makerere University Departments in the faculties of social sciences (DSW), distance education (DLAE), MUBS (DED) and Arts (for DDS).
The vision of NTISD is to be a regional centre of excellence in the training of Social Development specialists who are equipped with knowledge and skills relevant to the dynamic needs of the countries in the region in the field of human and Social Development.
The goal of Nsamizi Training Institute for Social development is to build the capacity of social development workers and other personnel in initiating, becoming innovative and promoting sustainable development among communities.
To produce competent human resources with positive attitudes that deliver quality services in social development for socio-economic development.
- Provision of high quality and relevant education for effective and efficient service delivery;
- Enhancement of Institutional Management and development;
- Mainstreaming vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Institutional training;
- Promotion of community outreach programes;
- Enhancement of linkages and co-operation with relevant stakeholders.
The following principles shall guide the operations of the Institute: –
- Students will be admitted both on in-service and pre-service arrangements;
- Public-private partnerships shall be used in development and implementation of all activities;
- The Institute will remain very gender sensitive;
- Self-reliance through internally generated resources;
- All programmes will address core issues namely; poverty, HIV/AIDS, the environment , gender etc and core community development functions, namely; planning, community mobilization, social protection, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment, and linkages and networking.