1. Seventeen teachers participated
  2. Patrons shared experiences
  • Inability to maintain computers after UCC stopped rendering free maintenance and internet services
  • The number of students is still too high to be served by a few computers
  • Students in some schools vandalize lab computers
  • Some of the teachers reported being ill trained to attend to computer maintenance.
  • Some schools are progressively increasing the number of computers in their labs.
  • Some are employing lab attendance to reduce stress on teachers
  • Students in most schools actively participate in maintaining the lab and are very enthusiastic about doing learning activities in ICT. Girls in at least one school shy away from technical work of maintenance, preferring to clean them,
  • Other school have already embarked on innovative learning activities programs with their students
  • At least one school has opted for standalone computers
  • Visually impaired students are heavily reaping from the benefits of ICT in Gulu High School. They are able to utilize specially fitted software and surpass the normal students in academics.
  • There is need to sensitize many head teachers on their position and role in the pilot project.
  • Some head teachers are however positively responsive and leading the way in promoting best practices in the use of ICT for learning in their schools.
  1. The teachers are not in agreement with the idea of headteachers being patrons. They think head teachers will over assume their roles and place teachers in jeopardy.
  2. Members resolved to try to bring headteachers onboard by adding value to the project and themselves,
  3. KAWA and UCC were urged to set a meeting to sensitize head teacher about the program.

KAWA stated its main aim as:

To build capacity in the participating learners to leverage the 21st century learning practices to make learning more meaningful in their lives and the education.

  1. The main objective in achieving these goals are:
  • Building in the students the skills of using ICT more effectively and responsibly.
  • Building communication skills and confidence in the learners
  • Enabling creativity and innovation
  • Developing critical thinking and problem-solving mentality
  • Being able to integrate ICT in mainstream disciplines, other clubs and schools’ activities for learning purposes.
  • Engaging learners in programs and activities that develop a sense of global citizenship
  • Being able to purposefully network, collaborate and work as a team.
  • Becoming peer learners that guide and support fellow students in learning and effective use of ICT in education.
  • Empowering learners to address real issues affecting their communities and finding solutions to them through innovative learning projects.
  • Developing a sense of ownership of and taking part in maintenance of equipment of their respective ICT department.
  1. The members were unanimously in favour of the UCC Curriculum for the ICT Clubs.
  2. Patrons accepted to guide their students in implementing at least one innovative learning project.
  • Key features or criteria of an innovative learning project include the following:
  • Learner driven
  • It must address itself to real world/community issues with which the students are connected
  • There has to be an end product
  • Exhibition and sharing of learning experiences
  • Available technology is used to improve efficiency
  • Attention to individual interests and needs
  • Constant evaluation at every stage of the learning activity or project.
  • Interdisciplinary approach to learning – issue driven rather than subject driven.
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Cost effective utilization of resources available
  • Scalable
  • Employing experts/resourceful persons to attain set learning/activity objectives.
  • Sensitive to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • A documented plan of action.
  • Examples of innovative learning activities/projects include the following
  • Creating of apps for solving real life problems
  • Present a well-researched community issue to your Member of Parliament
  • Labeling flora in the school with their common and scientific names.
  • Compile a well-researched study of history of the local community you live in.
  • Make a geographical study of your locality and document your findings.
  • Creating digital instructional material for learning
  • Creating a blog, word press or website to share your learning outcomes in geography, history, etc.
  • Producing a skit on video for learning purposes.
  • Creating an anthology in literature – poetry, short stories, fables etc.
  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics projects.
  • Online collaborative learning with other clubs, classes
  • Computer Accessories Identification Platform.
  • Students of Mbarara and Mukono Secondary School, Mukono have embarked on innovative learning projects.
  • Some recommended avenues for the ICT Clubs to have global impact include: Technovation for Girls, International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), Microsoft in Education program for teachers.
  • Regular online SKYPE meeting with students, teachers and KAWA to be held from time to time.

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