Meet a local member of the United Nations Association of Canada, who from her Ugandan roots is an education specialist who undertakes initiatives for students across Canada.
Occupation: Senior Director, Education and Community Initiatives, United Nations
Personal and Professional Experiences
- Sarah Mukebezi Kambites is an educator with broad professional experience and knowledge in the field of education planning, policy development and programme delivery in Canada, Africa and with multi-lateral UN agencies.
- Before joining UNA-Canada, Sarah worked as an educational consultant with the Canadian International Development Agency, the Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF Education Section in New York, and with various development non-governmental organizations.
- Her strongest commitments include using education as a developmental tool to reach the hard-to-serve marginalized population in society, and building collaborative partnerships to achieve common goals.
- She helped set-up community learning programmes in a number of African countries using formal and non-formal educational modules.
- She has designed youth programmes that use sport, media, and other experiential learning approaches to encourage empathy, critical thinking and solution-seeking among youth.
- She has served on a number of governing Boards including Oxfam Canada, PLAY SOCCER International Network, and the Ottawa Community Housing Board.
- Born and raised in Uganda, Sarah traveled to the USA for studies in Education and Greek Language obtaining a BA from Hellenic college in Boston.
- She subsequently migrated to Canada and attended McGill University, obtaining an MA in Educational Psychology.
- She returned to Uganda with her Canadian husband and young family to undertake community rural development through education and public health.
- For five years she and her husband established a learning center that consisted of primary and secondary school structures and a medical clinic.
- Upon returning to Canada, Sarah embarked on doctoral studies building on her community development experiences.
- She received a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Studies in Education from McGill University, and has continued to transform young people’s learning ever since.
- Sarah is a mother to four children – three of them alumni of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School.