More than 3500 children, women and youth benefitted each year from our involvement with ABC Children’s Aid in the Wakiso and Pader districts of Uganda. ICARE provided educational support to students in ABC’s Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Vocational Schools.
The work had a positive impact on the children, families and communities through a range of projects and activities such as the delivery of a community radio program that delivers weekly broadcasts of academic educational programs to other village schools as well as broadcasts on children’s rights and responsibilities and parental guidance on topics such as child protection and domestic violence. A very practical ‘Farm for life’ project grows food for the children in the schools and provides employment for the community, and a guest house offers staff accommodation for teachers at the schools and functions as a source of income to support the radio program. Health education programs improve community access to medical services, and help to reduce absenteeism among children.
iCare also supported IT skills development at Kitetika, on the outskirts of Kampala.
Information Technology Education Skills Development for the Youth, Uganda
A recent project in Uganda supported the Comprehensive College Kitetika (CCK) (http://abcuganda.org/abc-education/) to become compliant with Uganda’s national IT education curriculum.
The project refurbished IT facilities and purchased IT equipment for CCK and is helping to provide IT training to students and to out-of-school women and youth.
The College is situated in Kitetika village on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. It was established in 2002 by ABC Children’s Aid – Uganda, ICARE’s partner in Uganda, to meet the need for a secondary school in this impoverished part of the country. The College maintains an enrolment of 800-900 students, many of whom have been touched by HIV / AIDS in one way or another. One of the project’s trainers is Dorothy Nalwadda, a former beneficiary of an ICARE education program and now the owner of Sky Hi Technologies, an IT company in Uganda. (Read more about Dorothy here).
Key outcomes of the project:
• CCK is now compliant with Uganda’s national IT education curriculum.
• Students have improved access to better computers and IT facilities. The computer-to-student ratio was reduced from 1:127 to 1:20. Access to the internet was also secured. These initiatives contributed to improving the learning environment for students.
• Out-of-school women and youth have access to IT vocational skills training, increasing their chances of gaining employment and improving livelihood prospects.
• The project provided teachers with training on IT teaching methods. This contributed to the teachers delivering better learning outcomes, thus strengthening the College as an educational institution.