Hon. Betty Pacutho Udongo
B.Ed (Dar-es-Salaam, University), M.Sc (Makerere University, Kampala),
Ph.D Science Education (Western Michigan University)
Hon. Dr. Betty Pacutho Udongo was the Woman Member of the Ugandan Parliament representing Nebbi District in Northern Uganda. She served three terms as the Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Committee of Defense and Internal Affairs between 2001- 2006. She obtained a Doctorate in Science Education at the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University in 2009.
Dr. Betty Pacutho Udongo is the founder and President of NEBSTAR a non profit Organization in Kalamazoo Michigan. She is also the founder and Chairperson for NUGEN (Northern Uganda Girls Education Network). She is science education scholar, a girl’s education practitioner and advocate for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and youths.
Before getting actively involved in politics, she was a lecturer at Makerere Business School and Makerere University School of Education where she worked as the Assistant coordinator for FEMSA (Females Education in Maths and Science in Africa). She was an executive member of FAWEU (Forum for African Women Educationalist) and participated in recruiting girls from Northern Uganda for the Bursary scheme, and was involved in the mentoring program for girls in conflict areas. In 2000, she was recognized as one of the “Models of Excellence” from Northern Uganda during the first Sara Ntiro Lecture and Award ceremony. In 2003, she led a delegation of Head Teachers from 4 Girl’s School from Northern Uganda to SECME Summer Institute at Tennessee State University.
Dr. Betty Pacutho Udongo was among the first few educators trained under the Ministry of Education as National facilitators for Life-skills Education which was aimed at empowering children and youth to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. She has participated in a number of projects under UNICEF-Uganda such as the Sara Communication Initiative project which was specifically aimed at empowering the girls to say “NO” to HIV/AIDS and the Child-friendly School project which was aimed at reducing school-drop-outs especially for girls. She was also involved in establishing Complementary Opportunity for Primary Education (COPE) program in Uganda whose objective is to provide formal education for out-of-school children.
In 2002, Hon. Dr. Betty Pacutho Udongo established a vocational and science-based secondary school (High School) called Nebbi Standard Academy (NEBSTA) College with affirmative action for admission of war traumatized children from Northern Uganda.
While she was a student at Western Michigan University, she started the Prayer Clinic International which is a faith-based non-profit Organization, in Kalamazoo MI that ministers inner healing to the homeless and those suffering from various addictions. She also established a retail store called Global Bazaar in Kalamazoo Michigan which sells African Arts and Crafts to raise money for war orphans in Uganda. After Graduating from Western Michigan University 2009 with her PHD, she went back to Uganda and in 2010 she was appointed the Head of Biology Department at Gulu University in Northern Uganda.
Hon. Dr. Betty Udongo returned to the United States of America in March 2011 and is the Founder and Executive Director for NEBSTAR (nebstar.org) USA. She is married to the Rev. Can. Albert Festus Udongo. They have 3 boys and one girl aged between 10 and 19 yrs.
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