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The Youth and ICT in Education

By Olivia Nantume - FAWEU

In July 2012, FAWEU under an awareness raising project on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR) for young people in schools provided 10 secondary schools drawn from Eastern Uganda each with a computer, projector, projector screen, camera as well as solar (for schools that didn’t have access to hydroelectricity).

The computers were loaded with an E-learning programme called The World Starts With Me (WSWM) that provides a unique opportunity for contemporary sex education as well as Human rights and a positive approach towards sexuality. The programme also offers a starting point in developing technical and social competencies such as negotiation skills in young people for informed decision making and personal growth and development.

Students were trained on the general set-up and connection of the equipment before the engaging  teachers which guaranteed proper handling. They were also taken through the WSWM programme that included themes like Emotional ups and downs; Is your body changing too? Friends and relationships; Boys and girls, men and women; Fight for your rights; Sexuality and love; Life skills; Pregnancy for girls; Protect yourself; Sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS; HIV/AIDS. You have a role to play too; Love doesn’t hurt; Your future, dreams and plans; and lastly My top tips peer book. These were to foster the peer to peer approach of information sharing in schools and comprised of testimonies, stories, songs, lessons, plays, short videos, general notes and reading materials for both teachers and students.

This is a student driven intervention and effectively enables the shaping of knowledge, attitudes, practices and skills in a process of social learning.

As a result of the project, many of the students in our contact schools have been empowered to maintain healthy behavior and mental wellbeing as well as guidance in undertaking lifelong choices.

 

By Yosia Baluku - RWECO


 

When we talk of “technology”, we look at things like mobile phones, computers, video recorders, CD/DVD players, digital cameras among others. This has impacted a lot on the lives of many.

The youth have been exposed to technology within their home environment and at schools, which avails them with many learning opportunities such as when they can explore the world around them through computers and the Internet.

As technology becomes everyone’s concern, there is need to invest in it and provide the necessary skills and knowledge.

In the Rwenzori region we have used technology in the teaching of English in a number of secondary schools and PTCs (Primary Teachers’ colleges). This has boosted the teaching of English and increased students ’performance because they’ve got more interest in learning as most lessons are on Powerpoint presentations. They feel more engaged during the lessons.

This has broken the “talk-and-chalk” traditional method of teaching and increased the teacher and students ICT skills as they develop Powerpoint lessons and type assignments.

Rwenzori Information centers’ Network (RIC-NET) has also started up an I.C.T youth training center that will attract school dropouts, fresh graduates and any other classes of people from all the seven districts of Rwenzori region to equip them with the practical (hands on) I.C.Tskills.

 

The Youths and Information and Communication Technology

James Odongo - Mango Tree

In the current development one cannot leave out Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as it is the engine for development. In the Lango Sub-region for instance, many youths have got different talent, but it’s still a very big challenge for them to standout among the crowd simply because of little or no exposure to effective use of ICT.

Through Strengthening a Literate Society Project under Mango Tree’s Northern Uganda Literacy Program, the ICT gap keeps narrowing as there is a wider opportunity for all the community members to be involved in several ICT related activities like participation in radio talk shows, interacting using text messages on language development issues, graphic design and translation and editing trainings for local language materials development.

There have been several initiatives undertaken so far where several youths have largely benefited, beginning with training of project staff to use adobe audition for recording and editing recorded interviews and talk shows, which has greatly impacted positively on the skills of staff. New local illustrators undergo skill fine-tuning annually on various techniques of illustration, elements and principles of art, inking, scanning, cleaning and saving as PSD files at 300 DPI. Local writer contest winners are given additional writing skills for different literature ranging from poems, short stories and puzzles and later trained to design the texts in publisher, which are later produced as anthologies for community consumption. It’s through such activities that the youths’ hidden talent manifests, but at the same time embracing the use of ICT in their daily lives for their skill enhancement.

 

THE EXPERIENCE OF LEARNING THROUGH ICT  (An initiative of CfS)

BY AYEBALE ELIJAH FORM 2A, St.Leos College Kyegobe.

ICT has led to the birth of the dot com era defined mostly by computers and the Internet. Soon, most jobs will have an ICT element and that is why ICT has been made compulsory as a subject at the advanced level of education (UACE) together with sub math.

Not forgetting the fascination and the interest it has added unto the learning and studying of English language and Literature in English. Now we can read passages, stories on projector screen thanks to Computer for Schools (CfS)who facilitated our college and also trained our dear teachers.

We have learnt many things about ICT from our teachers and have made our own research. We have learnt things like streaming, used in the transferring of data and animation, used in presentations as well as advertisement among others.

Additionally in ICT we also learned about the Internet and Facebook which has improved communication, getting us close to our friends and relatives. An example is at Saint Leo’s College where a donation of books worth 43 million Ugandan Shillings was made by an old boy linked through Facebook.

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