By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: In their bid to increase awareness about Information Communication Technology and to equip students with ICT skills, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has extended ICT clubs to secondary schools.
Working together with Kisubi Associated Writers Agency, the UCC aims at starting up ICT clubs for students in 23 schools under the 2019 ICT Clubs Pilot Scheme. Already some schools are benefitting from the projects and those selected include; St. Elizabeth Girls’ School, Semuto SS, St. Henry’s College Kitovu,Seeta, College, Butsibo SS, Nyabiteete SS, Nyakiyumbu SS,Wekomire SS,Vision SS,Kambuga SS, Trinity College Nabingo, Mubende Light School Apac SS, Sir Samuel Baker SS, Kitgum High, Palisa SS, Nyangilia SS, Dzaipi SS, Bududa SS,Bukedea Comprehensive Academy, Soroti SS, Rock High School, 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, Nabisunsa Girls, Bishops Secondary School, Dabani Girls, Busia, Mbale High, Mbale Secondary School, Nyero 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. About 1000 secondary schools in Uganda have so far 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. This has seen several students improve their knowledge about ICT and many of them leaving school when they are already tech-savvy. George William Nyombi, the director of Director for (Rural Development Fund) RCDF, the ICT Clubs aim at ensuring the success of the RCDF program through maintenance and operation of computer labs by ICT club members. “The club members under the students help desk will help them 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.