ICDL Africa partnered with the British Council and Vodafone to host the 3rd Uganda Teacher’s Forum in Kampala on Friday 28 October. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Uganda National Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education. The theme of this year’s Forum was ‘ICT in Education’. ICDL Africa Market Development Manager, Marie-Claire Walsh gave an overview presentation on the ICDL programme, as well as successes from Africa and around the globe. Country Manager for Uganda, Michael Niyitegeka moderated a panel discussion, which included participation from Computer Society of Zimbabwe Executive Director, Viola Dondo, who shared the successes and challenges of the recent pilot of the new ICT in Education module. Finally, the entire ICDL Africa team hosted a workshop in the afternoon session, discussing human capacity development in the education sector. Representatives from ATC, Makerere University had a stand in the reception area and spent the day sharing information about ICDL Education with delegates, which was very well received.
The Forum brought together key stakeholders in the education sector in Uganda, as well as head teachers from schools across the country who had travelled far to be part of the event. Highlight of the day was the attendance and speech from First Lady of Uganda and Hon. Minister for Education and Sport, Mrs. Janet Museveni. As a former teacher, she shared the hopes she has for the future of the education sector in Uganda and recognised the need for proper integration of digital skills into the classroom to give teachers (and students) the confidence they need to succeed.
The previous day, ICDL Foundation CEO, Damien O’Sullivan had visited Uganda for the first time, meeting with key ATCs, including Future Technologies and NFT Consult. He also met with the Hon. Minister of ICT, Mr. Frank Tumwebaze who was very positive about the need to set a standard in digital skills among Government employees in particular and was happy to hear of the success in Rwanda and support from his colleague Hon. Minister of Youth and ICT, Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana. A very positive trip to Uganda for all the team and plenty of opportunities to look forward to in 2017.