Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, high temperature levels and many more extreme weather events. Climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders.We need an urgent action to address climate change and achieve a sustainable future for this and future generations. We need to take collective responsibility and stand against all activities that are causing this climate change to make this world a better place for each and every one.
Computers are becoming common in Uganda especially in urban areas. Many offices and academic institutions provide internet for their clients and students respectively. A small percentage of high and middle class Ugandans have acquired modems with huge data packages for internet access leaving out those who can’t afford them. Computers are very common in towns especially in offices and schools compared to villages. However it’s only the urban community that has the opportunity to learn how to use the computers since it’s where they are accessible. This is the main reason why Maendeleo Foundation invented an innovative Mobile Solar Computer Classroom to address problems like limited hands on technology in rural communities by making computers available to people of all ages to expose them to technology and also make them associate with the rest of the world since it’s now a global village.
Understanding student’s problems is a very crucial part in the learning process. Poor performance is one of the biggest challenges in most schools. Poor performance comes due to problems like poor reading and writing skills. Through our ICT training in schools, we have been able to come up with peer to peer learning as a solution to address this problem.We started by creating a collaborative learning environment where sharing knowledge and learning from each other is encouraged among the students. Since students had the desire to learn ICT, this was a very good beginning point. We started by identifying quick learners and average learners and grouped them with students with learning difficulties. This made sure that they all learnt from each other since they all had different learning abilities.
A few weeks later, we realized that those who were scared to even touch the computers at the beginning had started touching them and following what their friends were telling them to do in addition to getting some guidance from the trainers.Most of them were happy and excited to see this happening.
Apart from improving their performance, students have also developed skills such as; working collaboratively with others, leadership, problem solving, sharing, communication, critical thinking and how to make friends.
Peer to Peer learning is becoming increasingly important and is being used in a variety of disciplines in many countries.
Maendeleo Foundation continues to employ different strategies so as to address even the most difficult problems that prevent learners from exploiting their full potential through using ICT.
Kiddawalime Isaac (ICT Trainer Maendeleo Foundation)
We concluded our term two 2016 successfully on 2nd September 2016. Today, we would like to share with you a few photos from the end of the term!
The term was filled with exciting topics for our students. Some classes had fun with the paint game, keyboard game and Easy Typing Puzzle and from this they acquired basic computer skills that will help them when we introduce new computer programs next term.
Click here to see one of the final products of Maendeleo’s school term, a beautiful certificate designed and created by the students!
With our students that were using Microsoft Office Word during their practical lessons, they covered various topics such as typing, editing, inserting pictures, tables, designing certificates, typing letters among others. Maendeleo Foundation is delighted to share with you some of the exciting moments our students had in the various schools under the School Program.
Feel free to contact us in case your school or community needs our services on +256 790 910 737 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
My name is Nansubuga Rebecca. I am a third year Student at Kyambogo University receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. I just completed the Basic Skills computer training at the Maendeleo Foundation Training Centre.
I first used a computer when I was in senior one. At university we also do an ICT module but it was not comprehensive so I did not get enough practical skills. I decided to look for a computer training centre where I could gain practical computer skills because I realized these computer skills would help a lot with my coursework and research at the university.
My guardian knew about Maendeleo Foundation, so when talked to him about getting computer skills, he advised me to come to their Computer Training Centre. I joined Maendeleo Foundation Computer Training Centre because I was convinced it could meet my ICT requirements.
From my training at Maendeleo Foundation I acquired skills in the following:
- Using Microsoft (MS) Word
- Using MS Excel
- Using MS Point
- Typing Skills
- Connecting a projector to the computer
- Using the Internet
I plan to use the acquired skills mainly for my own benefit. For example, I believe the internet will help me so much with my course research work at the university. In the future (after university), I plan to use these skills for record keeping in business. I also want to learn Graphics Designing to be able to design logos.
I appreciate the wonderful work done by the trainers because I have gained a lot of skills in the period I have trained at Maendeleo Foundation and I would refer it other people who need computer skills training.
Nansubuga Rebecca has excelled in her computer training at the Maendeleo Training Centre in Mukono. In her final days with us she used her newly acquired computer skills to write this blog post. Thank you, Rebecca.
By Nansubuga Rebecca
Can you imagine going to a hospital to figure out if you had broken a bone without access to an X-ray machine, or determining if you had a rare illness without a medical test? Luckily, these important medical tools are available to you because of one thing: technology. Without technology, we wouldn’t have highly developed machinery in hospitals, effective medications, accurate tests for illnesses, or digital medical records. All of these things have been made possible by technological advances over time.
Now, through technology and ICT, we are pleased to see that the Internet and other networks are being used to spread health information. All it takes is a few minutes and a Google search to find anything from the symptoms of Hepatitis to the treatment for malaria. And, best of all, using the Internet for health information is nearly cost-free. Individuals who may have avoided going to a hospital or health clinic for financial reasons are able to investigate their illnesses online and then determine if a doctor’s visit is necessary. Some organizations and professionals are referring to this new form of technology as HIT, or Health Information Technology.
In addition, there is a new wealth of information on preventative medicine available. Preventative treatments include things such as antimalarial tablets, vaccinations, and even a healthy diet and exercise schedule. While traditional corrective medicines treat illnesses one has, these preventative treatments are intended to stop an individual from ever getting an illness, and information on these preventative treatments can be found online as well. The Internet is being used to help people determine how to cure their ailments, but also to promote general health and healthy lifestyles.
So, what resources should one use to find health information online? A few reliable sources are www.webmd.com, where you can enter your symptoms into their “symptom checker”, and www.cdc.gov, which provides information on common diseases across all regions of the world. You should always verify the validity of a source before trusting it. For example, a government or United Nations website is likely very credible and has done adequate research, but it is not advisable to take health information from online chat groups, forums, or personal blogs.
As we recognize World Hepatitis Day, Maendeleo Foundation would like to encourage everyone to continue using the Internet for not only personal use, social communication, and employment, but also to improve your life and health! ICT is an ever expanding field, and we should take advantage of all of its benefits.
As we observe World Youth Skills Day, let us focus on giving skills to the youths in every way possible. Skills can simply be defined as the ability and capacity to carry out an activity. They come from training, experience, talent(s) or practice.
Most emphasis is put on academic (theoretical) training while the other forms of giving skills are suppressed. For example, many schools focus on examinable subjects because they can quantify students’ ‘skills’ with marks and grades.
In addition to theoretical learning, there are also hands-on, practical ways to gain skills. The practical part of academic training is still a new emphasis for some schools, which still leaves a knowledge gap. Unfortunately, some students leave school with only theory and no practice/experience. The more practice one has, the more experienced or skilled one gets.
Skills in particular academic fields are acquired through internships and volunteering. When we teach computer literacy through our Maendeleo courses in schools, we first teach theory so that the students can understand computers and technology, but most of the time the students engage in practical learning while they try out new skills on the computer.
These Maendeleo pupils take a break from theoretical learning to practice drawing diagrams for their fellow classmates. Having the chance to show off their drawing and teaching skills is great for their confidence in the classroom.
Skills can also be developed by promoting one’s talent. Many schools and organizations promote youth skills such as sports, music, dance, and drama. These are great programs that can help boost creativity and talents in students!
Students at a local primary school are given the opportunity to dance and sing for a special occasion during the school day. Taking time away from theoretical learning can actually increase creativity, attention, and interest for students!
Many parents and schools take advantage of opportunities to enhance youth skills. For instance, during holidays parents can take their children to soccer academies so as to equip them with soccer basics which lays a foundation for good footballers. The same should be done for many other fields like music, cooking, and making crafts. A 12-year-old who can perfectly play a musical instrument will attract a lot interest and hence will succeed in life. A lot of people earn a leaving from skills such as crafts making, soap making, or tailoring.
Maendeleo Foundation contributes to skilling the youth so as to bridge the skills gap. Some of its skill-based programs include but are not limited to the following:
- ICT training packages for people of all ages
- Business and entrepreneurship training
- Work readiness training where youth are equipped with skills for writing CVs, application letters, interview skills, communication skills
We are happy to have the opportunity to enhance youth skills with our programs, and are excited to see that the need for youth skills is being recognized by more parents, teachers, and organizations every day!