Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) in partnership with abolishing Kisubi Associated Writers Agency is in the final stages of establishing ICT clubs for students in 23 schools for the 2019 ICT Clubs Pilot Scheme.
The selected schools for 2019 include Butsibo SS, Nyabiteete SS, Nyakiyumbu SS,Wekomire SS,Vision SS,Kambuga SS, Trinity College Nabingo, Mubende Light School,St. Elizabeth Girls’ School,Semuto SS, St. Henry’s College Kitovu,Seeta College, Apac SS,Sir Samuel Baker SS, Kitgum High, Palisa SS, Nyangilia SS,Dzaipi SS,Bududa SS,Bukedea Comprehensive Academy, Soroti SS, Rock High School and Iganga Girls School.
The ICT clubs that were launched in 2018 are part of UCC’S Rural Communication Development Fund (RCDF).
The project started in 20 pilot schools namely: St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza; Bishop Kivengere Girls, Kabale,Mbarara High, Mary Hill High School, Mbarara, Rwenkoba Secondary School, Ibanda; Masaka Secondary School, Kasanga Seed Secondary School, Kampala, Nabisunsa Girls, Bishops Secondary School, Mukono, Dabani Girls, Busia,Mbale High,Mbale Secondary School,Nero Rock High School, Kumi, Lira Town College,Oulu High, St. Joseph, Layibi,Arua Public, Arua Senior Secondary School, Nalinya Lwantale Girls and St. John SS and Nandale.
Over the past decade, about 1000 secondary schools in Uganda have benefited from RCDF, a government program put in place to equip them with computers and other items as a strategic plan to build the capacity of schools in ICT in Education.
According to the UCC Director for RCDF, the ICT Clubs will ensure the success of the RCDF program through maintenance and operation of the computer lab by club members.
“The club members under the students help desk will help the rest of the students in networking and internet basics, internet services and applications, using web authoring tools, and other recommended club activities like producing a computer club magazine, making brochures, learning to create presentation slides, blogging etc,” Nyombi said.
Nyombi also added that UCC has developed a proposal linking up each of the 20 ICT Clubs with one nearby University to support the clubs.
“UCC has further developed a proposal of linking up each of the 20 ICT Clubs with one nearby University to collaborate with and support the clubs.
Through this pilot project, students are expected to gain practical skills beyond the set curriculum for secondary schools and promote innovation.
It is further expected to make students learn more on ICT and provide opportunity and platform for outstanding students to be recognized and benefit from UCC/RCDF support.”