Open Schools Program is an ICT initiative by XITICOM Holding Company Limited, aimed at building synergies with Education Institutions in Uganda to ensure that learners attain 21st Century Computer literacy and IT skills through development of sustainable computer laboratories and comprehensive ICT curricula. The Open Schools program is supported by a number of partners, including the MoES, UCC, MTN Uganda, BUL, APTECH, and CRESTANKS. The program is currently focusing on classes at Primary School Level and Secondary School Level.
As an Educational Service Provider, XITICOM takes the privilege of helping schools with dozens of specific recommendations regarding planning, evaluation, policies and procedures, facility and environment, lab staff, computers, software and assistive technology and information resources. Depending upon the school, the nature of technology initiative and the physical space available, different lab models are considered. Recommendation of Universal Design, means that rather than design a lab facility for the average user, it is designed for pupils with a broad range of abilities..
For secondary schools, the existing Curricullum by NCDC will be adopted and comprehensive, rich teaching and learning content created for schools to utilise.
For Primary Schools, XITICOM has developed a curriculum referred to as, ‘Comprehensive Computer Science Education for Primary Schools’, which emphases nurturing clarity of thought and learning of concepts associated with various tools, rather than just the usage skills of a specific tool.
This curriculum explicitly includes topics to facilitate and improve thinking skills, such as stepwise thinking and logical reasoning, which are not subject specific. The treatment of topics assumes that computer studies is taught as an independent subject, yet, the curriculum connects the topics to other subjects and to real world applications explicitly.
The pupils should be able to:
It is hoped that if the children have a good foundation of ICT literacy at primary school, in future the National curricula for higher levels will be revised to build on the foundation and instead delve deeper into the currently competitive topics and on-demand ICT skills at the world level, as opposed to the current status where the same basics of computing such as word procesing taught at Primary level are repeated at O level and A level
Our computer textbooks provide a good, age-appropriate treatment of any given topic, with detailed explanations for topics in formats appropriate for different age groups.
The current fees-for-service structure provides distinct world class computer laboratory resources at a charge of UGX 50,000 (Fifty Thousand Shillings Only) per child per term. This fee caters for all the benefits to the school outlined above (i.e provision of digital computer literacy learning skills through establishing a sustainable standard computer laboratory, providing computer supplies and availing trained computer lab personnel). At the point of signing a contract with a particular school, a special payment consideration for the school can be negotiated and an instalment payment schedule drawn.
XITICOM HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED is a registered private company operating its business in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Xiticom team consists of dedicated specialists with extensive background in developing and managing financial applications, information security, regulatory and financial compliance as well as customer support.
In Uganda, XITICOM’s principle place of business is at plot 107 Buganda Road, AFRICOURTS Building, Fourth Floor P. O. Box 12709, Kampala – Uganda, under registration number 80020001093619.
In 2016, XITICOM, (formerly known as Citicom Networks) introduced the National Schools Network Initiative which was recommended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Sports of Uganda.
As noted above, the Open Schools program needs ICT/Computer Studies teachers and ICT technicians to work in the various schools which may not be having necessary human resource to deliver the stipulated curriculum. The teachers’ and computer technicians’ salaries will paid by XITICOM itself as part of the program, and not the school.
XITICOM has thus setup a training centre on Fourth Floor – AFRICOURTS Building, Buganda Road, where refresher training will be conducted for teachers to acquire the necessary tools before being deployed.
If you are interested in this program, you can register though this form and we will contact you when the training program starts arises.
This post was last modified on December 29, 2018 8:16 pm
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