MONDAY, 31ST AUGUST 2020: SCIENCE, RESEARCH & INNOVATION
ISAIAH 51:15-16 (NKJV)
15But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth; [Emphasis Added]
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth, [Emphasis Added]
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
JEREMIAH 1:9,10 (ESV)
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
EZEKIEL 37: 3-5, 7, 9, 10
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, [Emphasis Added] O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live….
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, [Emphasis Added] and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone…
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, [Emphasis Added] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on
these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, [Emphasis Added] and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he
came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, [Emphasis Added] “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. [Emphasis Added]
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, [Emphasis Added] whoever says to this mountain, [Emphasis Added] Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says [Emphasis Added] will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, [Emphasis Added] believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
GUIDING TEXT FOR THE FASTING SEASON
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8But a generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Day of the Week
Area of Focus
|12||Sunday||30th August 2020||Education|
|13||Monday||31st August 2020||Science, Research, Innovation|
|14||Tuesday||1st September 2020||Information Communication and Technology|
|15||Wednesday||2nd September 2020||Labour & Employment|
|16||Thursday||3rd September 2020||Banks and Finance|
|17||Friday||4th September 2020||Domestic Revenue|
|18||Saturday||5th September 2020||Transport and Logistics|
|19||Sunday||6th September 2020||Manufacturing & Industry|
|20||Monday||7th September 2020||Entrepreneurship, Trade and Commerce|
|21||Tuesday||8th September 2020||Land Management|
|22||Wednesday||9th September 2020||Water Management|
|23||Thursday||10th September 2020||Biodiversity & the Natural Environment|
|24||Friday||11th September 2020||Livestock, Fisheries and Agriculture|
|25||Saturday||12th September 2020||Energy|
|26||Sunday||13th September 2020||Minerals|
|27||Monday||14th September 2020||Tourism and Hospitality|
|28||Tuesday||15th September 2020||Housing and Construction|
|29||Wednesday||16th September 2020||Entertainment and Celebration|
|30||Thursday||17th September 2020||Sports and Recreation|
|31||Friday||18th September 2020||International Cooperation|
|32||Saturday||19th September 2020||International Geopolitics|
|33||Sunday||20th September 2020||Africa, Israel and the Nations|
|34||Monday||21st September 2020||The Executive|
|35||Tuesday||22nd September 2020||Cabinet|
|36||Wednesday||23rd September 2020||Local Government|
|37||Thursday||24th September 2020||Public Service|
|38||Friday||25th September 2020||The Army and the Reserve Force|
|39||Saturday||26th September 2020||Border Control|
|40||Sunday||27th September 2020||Justice, Law and Order|
|41||Monday||28th September 2020||The Police and LDUs|
|42||Tuesday||29th September 2020||Prisons and Rehabilitation|
|43||Wednesday||30th September 2020||The Legislature|
|44||Thursday||1st October 2020||Political Organizations|
|45||Friday||2nd October 2020||The Electoral Commission|
|46||Saturday||3rd October 2020||The Electorate|
|47||Sunday||4th October 2020||The 2021 Elections|
|48||Monday||5th October 2020||Post- Election to Swearing-in|
|49||Tuesday||6th October 2020||Marketplace Restoration|
|50||Wednesday||7th October 2020||Dedicating the Decade 2020 -2029|
|Thursday||8th October 2020||Dedicating 2020/2021|
|Friday||9th October 2020||THANKSGIVING|
DATES TO NOTE
CONCLUDING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Monday, 5th October to Wednesday, 7th October 2020 (6 pm to 9 pm)
CONCLUDING NIGHT VIGIL & DEDICATION OF 2020/2021
Thursday, 8th October 2020
SCIENCE, RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Science, Research and Innovation are central to the rapid economic growth of any country as evidenced by several examples around the world. They provide a platform for the generation of new ideas and technologies that increase productivity and generate greater output with the same input. They are important for the advancement of society as they help resolve social problems and enhance society’s capacity to act. They enable organizations and countries to stay relevant in the increasingly competitive global market. The ability to resolve critical problems depends on the ability to innovate. Science, Research, Technology and Innovation are therefore major drivers of economic growth and employment.
God is the source of all knowledge. Science simply discovers what God formed when He created the earth. Though there has been some arrogance from some sectors of the scientific community, God’s word is very clear, “The fool says in his heart that there is no God…” (Psalms 14:1; 53:1).
The Science Technology and Innovation (STI) sector is under the mandate of the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MoSTI). It was created in 2016 with four agencies that include:
- Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI)
- Uganda National Council of Science & Technology (UNCST)
- Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC)
- The Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development Project (PIBID)
Uganda started working on the STI policy in 1994 and it finally came into being in 2009 (The National Science, Technology & Innovation Policy, 2009 under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development). The policy process was driven by Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST), Statute No. 1 of 1990 (Cap 209). The lack of policy for a long time led to fragmented implementation of STI in different sectors.
In addition to the policy, other regulatory frameworks include:
- Patents Act (2002)
- Research Registration and Clearance Policy and guidelines (2007)
- National Guidelines for Research involving humans as research participants (20070
Uganda still lacks a research agenda to guide investment in STI. It is however important to note that the line Ministry (MoSTI) issued a notice of consultancy for the development of the National Research Agenda in February 2020.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen
was not made out of things that are visible.
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,
The LORD said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe
of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with
knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze,
in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.…
“Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it—the LORD is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of
heaven. Daniel answered and said:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who
stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them. He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it his cloud. He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his rebuke. …
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his mist in rain, which the skies pour down and
drop on mankind abundantly. Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the
thunderings of his pavilion? Behold, he scatters his lightning about him and covers the roots of the
sea. For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.
WORSHIP JEHOVAH THE CREATOR AND SOURCE OF ALL KNOWLEDGE
- Thank God for the gift of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and creativity that He has given mankind
- Thank God for the innovations that have come forth this year with solutions to various problems e.g. local production of facemasks, ventilators, electric vehicles etc.
- Thank God for the numerous Ugandans involved in several research projects seeking to find local solutions for the challenges we are faced with.
- Thank God for the organization coming into science, technology and innovation that will provide room for advancement.
PROCLAMATION FOR SCIENCE, RESEARCH & INNOVATION
God is raising scientists, researchers and innovators in Uganda. Though few in numbers at the moment, they will increase tremendously. The sector will be well coordinated.
The Education system will be changed to encourage exploration, questioning and critical thinking instead of rote learning. As a result the inadequate social consciousness of the role of science, research, technology and innovation in national development will be addressed and the mindset for exploiting and use of science and research will be changed. Investments in this sector will increase and the capital base will grow. Dependency on foreign donors for research will reduce.
Many researchers will arise with divine wisdom in every sphere that conducts research that brings effective solutions to national and continental problems. There will be a plethora of knowledge banks, incubation innovation hubs, and, science and technology institutions that train and skill people to create services and products that effectively address national, continental and global challenges. Uganda will be known as a global centre of science, technology and innovation.
AMEN and AMEN