To promote Information Technology in all schools, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) embarks on training teachers to drive ICT learning in all schools
To promote Information Technology in all schools, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is spearheading country-wide ICT workshops to empower secondary school teachers to apply ICT learning to children.
Workshops, organised by the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) in partnership with Kisubi Associated Writers Agency (KAWA), will aim at building the capacity of ICT teachers.
The teachers currently undergoing this ICT training will act as ambassadors in their schools in helping other teachers and most students to embrace the skills too.
Since they are the persons in charge and also monitor the usage of ICT facilities in schools, UCC aims at empowering them to enforce and drive the use of ICT facilities in schools
For starters, three workshops so far have been held, in Mbale, Jinja and Gulu, while others will be held in Moroto, Masindi, Arua, Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal, Kampala, Masaka and Mubende in the coming weeks.
With help from KAWA facilitators, teachers are trained on how to install and use open-source software in addition to teaching them how to use computers, monitoring software, computer maintenance, eLearning and digital libraries.
“This workshop is about building the capacity of ICT teachers, who are the persons in charge of the [school] labs, to monitor usage of the ICT infrastructure by their students, empower them to initiate and drive the activities of ICT clubs in their schools,” said Geoffrey Ssengendo, the RCDF Head Technical Services while attending a workshop held at Civil Service College in Jinja last week.
Mr Ssengendo added that in this 21st Century, teachers need more advanced digital skills and knowledge about computers usage beyond merely word processing and spreadsheets software.
With the initiative aimed at enabling both students and teachers mostly those in rural areas, it will even be better for those planning to undertake computer courses at the University.
According to Ms Agnes Naddembe, a Senior Education Officer, Department of Secondary Education, in the Ministry of Education and Sports, this is the best skill anyone can wish to have.
“It is the best skill one can have. The best is one who is going to be strategic, embrace ICTs because that is the way to go,” said Ms Naddembe before confirming that the ministry has also set aside funds to recruit more ICT teachers to enable this is achieved.
However, she warned that teachers without ICT skills, even those teaching other subjects, might soon find themselves unemployable.
By John Dalton Kigozi