The Literature Department of Kyambogo University was a part of a complex department known as Languages and Literature. In 2007, a split up took place and Literature became an independent department. The department has a long literary tradition that has produced many scholars: Professor Taban lo Lyong, the late Erivania Zirimu, Gerald Matovu, Lubwa Pchong, Okot p Bitek, etc, all of whom have excelled in Literature and made great careers and produced everlasting literary records for mother Uganda and the universe.
The department has many strengths: first, is the strong heritage of teacher education. Owing to the cited heritage, there has been a great and steady demand for literature and English teachers of Kyambogo University. Second, our graduates can teach both O and A- levels of secondary schools. Third, majority of our students teachers get placed as soon as they graduate: finally, the department has highly qualified, committed and civil staff.
Vision of the department:
To be a department that fosters literary knowledge and production for the well being of humanity
Mission of the department:
To develop a literary culture through teaching, performing, researching and publishing
Objectives of the department
- To revitalize literature in schools and in society
- To build up capacity by training young literary scholars and by encouraging serving staff to upgrade.
- To increase student enrollment
- To make literature correspond to market demands
- To research, write and publish
ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT
- The Department hosted a international Conference of Crossing Borders Sponsored by the British Council 2005
- The department hosted a Pen Conference in 2008
- A Second year Class of 2000 staged a play Lysistrata, directed by Mr. Kamugisha
- Second year Class of 2005/6 presented a Stage Play "They Are All Children" at the National Theatre : (The play was written and directed by Dr. Frances A. Nakiwala)
- A second year Class of 2008/9 staged a play directed by Dr. Frances A. Nakiwala. The play was video taped by Uganda Film Association
- The department plans to revive a traveling theatre
- To revive Nanga, a departmental literature magazine
- To secure housing for its graduate students
- To establish a resource centre: a complex with studios and theatres
- To recruit more staff for teaching both undergraduate and graduate programmes