UCC reliable internet in Uganda,
Through the Rural Communication Development Fund (RCDF), the Uganda Communication Commission has launched

UCC Delivers reliable internet in Uganda: More than 100 schools to benefit from the service – See full story

Through the Rural Communication Development Fund (RCDF), the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has launched the second phase of the school connectivity project in the rural parts of Uganda.

This initiative is aimed at enabling academic institutions in rural areas to access reliable internet services in a bid to improve the quality of education in the local schools.

While addressing school heads at the event in Gulu last week, Mr Nyombi Thembo, the Director RCDF, said that this project aims to empower students in rural areas through modern teaching methods such as e-learning, as well as ICT integration in teaching and research.

According to Nyombi, the first phase, which saw 800 schools connected, only delivered a dedicated Internet link of 256kbps because of the inability for schools to pay for the service.

“We are launching the school connectivity project of the second phase, where we are connecting one hundred schools (100) to the Internet, delivering to them a dedicated Internet link of 5mbps,” he said.

“After we stopped paying for bandwidth, most of the schools couldn’t afford to pay. So the project didn’t do as well as we wanted,” Nyombi added.

However, Nyombi promised that for this second phase, schools will be able to pay for this service because internet costs have reduced by more than 10 times since the first phase was implemented.

As well, he also pins pointed out that school heads and teachers have been educated about the importance of ICT in education.

“To ensure lasting impact, RCDF has designed a three-year exit strategy under which it plans to progressively drawdown its support from 100% to 70% to 50% of the total cost of bandwidth, as it prepares beneficiary schools to eventually absorb the total costs,” said Nyombi.

He added,

“Under this project, the government has so far connected 90 per cent of secondary schools with computer laboratories and the Internet, and is moving to consider primary schools.”

Over the years, UCC in cooperation with other organizations has embarked on different strategies to deliver faster and reliable internet access to areas around the country.

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This, together with other initiatives and campaigns is aimed at simplifying internet access in rural areas.

Meanwhile, UCC’s third launch is due for 31st August and will tackle the western part of Uganda with the last one on 8th September to be based in Kampala.

List of schools for Phase 1 for the internet connectivity project School District Region

1 Bukoli College Bugiri East
2 Kyotera Central Sec. School Kyotera Central
3 Ediofe Girls Secondary School Arua North
4 Sseke S.S Lwengo West
5 St Mary Nkozi S.S Masaka Central
6 Kansanga Seed Secondary School Kampala Central
7 Mbale Secondary School Mbale East
8 Tororo Girls Sec. School Tororo East
9 Iganga Secondary School Iganga East
10 Manjasi High School Tororo East
11 Lango College Lira North
12 Gulu Army Secondary School Gulu North
13 St. Henry’s college, Kitovu Masaka Central
14 Masaka Secondary School Masaka Central
15 St. Leo’s Kyegobe Sec. School Fortportal West
16 Ntare School Mbarara West
17 Kigezi High School Kabale West
18 MaryHill High School Mbarara West
19 Mbarara High School Mbarara West
20 Jinja S.S.S Jinja East
21 PMM Girls School Jinja East
22 Ndejje Senior Secondary School Kampala Central
23 Kibuli Secondary School Kampala Central
24 Makerere College School Kampala Central
25 Kitante Hill Shool Kampala Central
26 Nabisunsa Girls School Kampala Central
27 Gayaza High School Kampala Central
28 Mt. St. Mary’s, Namagunga Kampala Central
29 St.Mary’s College Kisubi Kampala Central
30 Trinity College Nabbingo Kampala Central
31 Arua S.S Arua North
32 Kongunga H.S Bukedea East
33 St Josephs College Layibi Gulu North
34 Kabale S.S Kabale West
35 Mengo Senior School Kampala Central
36 Kasese S.S Kasese West
37 Wampewo Ntakke S.S Wakiso Central
38 St Marys College Rushoroza Kabale West
39 Mbale High School Mbale East
40 Busia S.S Busia East
41 Bishop’s Senior School Mukono Mukono Central
42 Gulu High School Gulu North
43 Arua Public Secondary School Arua North
44 Lira Town College Lira North
45 Bukedea Comprehensive Academy Bukede East
46 Iganga High School Iganga East
47 Jinja College Jinja East
48 Ngabo Academy Mbarara West
49 Duhaga S.S Hoima North
50 Ruyonza School Bushenyi West
51 Ishaka Adventist College Bushenyi West
52 Masindi S.S Masindi North
53 Muni Girls Arua North
54 Kako S.S Masaka Central
55 Luzira S.S Kampala Central
56 Bbezza AlHijji Muslim Secondary School Adjumani North
57 Albertine Vocational Institute Masindi North
58 Busia Teacher’s College Busia East
59 St. Thereza girls Vocational Sec. Sch. Kabale West
60 Kizinga Technical Institute Kabale West
61 St. Aloysius AC Kitanga Kabale West
62 Buganda Royal Institute Kampala Central
63 Kitagwenda Technical Institute Ibanda West
64 Kambuga Secondary school Kanungu West
65 Saad Mem Secondary School Kasese West
66 Nyakiyumbu Secondary School Kasese West
67 Metropolitan International University Kisoro West
68 Wekomiire Secondary School Kyegegwa West
69 St. Elizabeth Girls School, Mityana Mityana Central
70 Kabamba Military academy Mubende Central
71 Ngora High School Soroti East
72 Vision Secondary School Kisoro West
73 Kabira Techinical Institute Bushenyi West
74 Nyabiteete Secondary School Rukungiri West
75 Butsibo Secondary School Kabwohe West
76 Akwang SS Pader North
77 Rwamwanja S.S Kibale West
78 Galilaya Secondary School Kayunga East
79 Millennium SS Kamapala Central
80 Kwosir Girls Boarding Secondary School Arua North
81 St. Michael Girls Secondary School Kaproron Kapchorwa East
82 Nkooko Memorial Technical Mayuge East
83 Bufulubi SS Mayuge East
84 Bukabooli Seed Secondary School Mayuge East
85 Mulasti Secondary School Mayuge East
86 Cardinal Nsubuga Mem. Kitakyusa Mpigi Central
87 Mubende Light Secondary School Mubende Central
88 Highway Secondary School, Kiganda Mityana Central
89 Kyanamugera C.O.U Community Primary Sch. Mubende Central
90 Kabbo Secondary School Mubende Central
91 Semuto Secondary School Nakaseke Central
92 Bukuuku Community School Fortportal West
93 Kateta Hill View S.S Serere East
94 Kanyaryeeru Secondary School Kiruhura West
95 St Charles lwanga Kashenshero Masaka Central
96 Bihaga Secondary School Masindi North
97 Bwiza Secondary School Kamwenge North
98 St Herman Secondary School Rakai Central
99 Buwaabe Community Centre Iganga East
100 Ogur Seconadry School Lira North
101 St. Mugagga Secondary School Mityana Central

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By John Dalton Kigozi