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THE POWER OF A RADIO TALK SHOW FOR E-LEARNING
By James Odongo, Mango Tree.

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DIGITAL STORY TELLING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN KABAROLE DISTRICT
By Stella Nekesa,Computers for Schools (CfSU).

Traditional oral story telling has always been one of the effective methods of conveying information to children and instilling in them certain disciplines through the moral lessons implied in the stories. The stories were usually told informally by parents/guardians or elders as entertainment or games.  They were in form of folklores, traditional dances, poems, riddles and proverbs. It was a very effective method as the children would learn unknowingly but in a very interesting manner.
There is however changes in the trend today as the parents are too busy to tell these stories to their children. They have left all the work to the teachers who are also too busy trying to complete the syllabus to tell stories to children. The few stories that the teachers tell are very formal and uninteresting therefore the children end up not getting any moral lessons from them.
It is because of the above that Computers for Schools (CfSU) ventured into digital story telling in primary schools in Kabarole district. The project was piloted in three primary schools where pupils and teachers were engaged in traditional story telling.
Writing competitions, debate competitions and drawing competitions among schools were the pillars of the digital storytelling project. Pupils wrote stories with the guidance of their teachers and parents. The stories were enhanced with ICT using simple multimedia tools and this made learning interesting and exciting to the pupil.

 

Pupils create the raw content (stories) using local examples and this makes them own the content and promotes peer teaching and learning.

To ensure that digital storytelling was fully embraced, teachers were trained in basic computer usage and the use of ICT tools to enhance the stories. Primary schools were also equipped with ICT gadgets that would be used in delivering the stories. It is no wonder therefore that in a recent interview with teachers and pupils, the feedback shows that it is a very interesting way of teaching and learning because it enables pupils contribute to the process by initiating the course content through their own research.

CfSU is planning on rolling out the project to more primary schools as we are positive that digital story telling yields better learning results.

 

The Power of a Radio Talk Show for E- Learning
By James Odongo, Mango Tree.

If you are confronted with a question to mention four core values of a radio, what first three values would you think of? I bet many would think of Entertainment, News and Communication.
Since 2010 Mango Tree and Lango Language Board have been using various mechanisms to reach the wider Lango community, with one clear objective, to sensitize them on the importance of mother tongue education. Amongst the mechanisms used are text messages, literacy workshops, orthography workshops, instructional videos, parents meeting, literature events and books launches. All the mechanisms listed above are effective, but the limitation is that none of them apply if your target is to have over 2,000,000 people attending one session.
Radio talk shows turned out to be a knight in shining armour, in promoting mother tongue education in Lango Sub-region. The talk shows became viable at a critical moment when the Lango writing system had just been revised. The question was, “Which best tool could Mango Tree and Lango Language Board use to reach the wider community?” Creating modifications in a language is one great move, but changing people’s attitude to support your inventiveness is another because it needs a lot of patience for it to be accepted by the communities. 
Imagine you are on air, knowing that over 50,000 people are listening in and appreciate your program, it’s awesome!
Many calls come in after the shows commending what Mango Tree and Lango Language Board are doing. One listener during the phone call time said, “I can’t afford to miss this interesting radio talk show on Lango Language Development. I know it very well that every Thursday at 8:00 pm I should get my pen and a book ready for Leblango lessons over the radio.”
If anyone thinks of E-learning, I base my positive argument on the radio talk show as a very powerful Electronic Learning tool due to its wider coverage with thousands of people enjoying the services at the same time.

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