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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 P’chong, 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


FUTURE PLANS

• 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