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By Baluku Yosia RWECO/RICNET
Donors have provided ICT equipment to several Districts in the Rwenzori region and RICNET/RWECO has piloted several projects that have registered numerous successes.
In a project “Enhancing civic competence for social accountability” computers and Internet access has been provided to the seven districts in the Rwenzori region, set up at the Districts’ headquarters targeting the District staff to facilitate trainings of the entire communities in computer literacy.
In another project “Effective teaching-learning processes by ICT”, computer equipment has been provided to schools to enhance effective teaching learning processes. Teachers now confess having gained the ICT skills and can now teach using power point presentations, attracting more student attention and thus improved academic standards.
We have incorporated this with a number of online platforms that boost the whole issue of ICT4D which are; http://somaschools.blogspot.com, http://rwecovoice.blogspot.com, http://ric-netnews.blogspot.com/ and also District online platforms (websites) such as www.kyenjojo.go.ug www.kamwenge.go.ug www.bundibugyo.go.ug and many others. Basing on a number of guests that access the online platform and also those who come at the E-society centers, it is a clear indication that people realize the importance of these ICT services. Success stories from people who use our facilities have been recorded where they profess to be in position to earn a living after the trainings.

By Wilbert Ikilai- ELECU
Edukans Foundation and Educaids in the Netherlands donated 90 computers to 9 schools in Teso to support education of young people in sexual and reproductive health Rights program called World Starts With Me implemented by Health Need Uganda, CEREDO and Church of Uganda all of which was coordinated by ELECU .
The World Starts With Me is a computer based Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Education (SRHR) program for the young people in schools. It addresses the vulnerability of young people through providing a systematic response to sexual and reproductive health rights education including HIV Aids awareness, psycho social awareness and life skills improvement.

Students of Bethany girls being taken through the Curriculum

Impact of the program
A total, 1,119 students were reached through this computer based program of which 505 were trained on computer basic skills and 284 had developed confidence and could confidently say NO! to sexual pressures. This was exhibited by openness in articulating sexuality issues and confidence among the students. They also gained knowledge of HIV Aids prevention and building healthy relationships.
Before the program started in 2011, there were 14 cases reported of girls dropping out of school due to pregnancy in Serere SS but after one year of the program in 2012, only 4 cases were reported and the effect is attributed to this program.
The computers also helped teachers to improve on their computer skills and they were motivated to learn. They also learnt how to address issues of young people in a more friendly approach after learning from the computer based Curriculum and approaches to issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights for young people.
The program also interested parents who offered to support it through financial contributions of 6000 shillings per parent per term to strengthen the World Starts With Me Club activities, like maintenance of computers, motivating teachers for their extra time for the club activities

By: Karungi Christine
FAWEU has used ICTs to support a learner centered teaching techniques in five primary schools in Apac District. As more Teachers and Learners acquire computer skills, pupils quickly cover the syllabus. In some instances, the teacher becomes more of a process facilitator as learners can search for information and read on their own with ease.

A Pupil of Alekolil Primary opening a computer to access learning material
According to the Head Teacher of Apele Primary School, teachers are also using the computer to compare pupils’ performance for the different terms with ease. Gone are the days where one had to carry a big volume of report cards in order to compare and analyses pupils’ performance. With a computer in the school, results could now be stored in one excel sheet for all the pupils in the class. As teachers acquire more computer skills, the school is planning to computerize record keeping and this would result into reduced paper work in the school. In Adir primary, the computerization process of record keeping had already taken shape, teachers has already transferred most records like school enrollment to a database

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