In response to part of the challenges posed by COVID19 on especially the teaching and learning in schools, Edify Uganda started an initiative to organize trainings on educational technology for its partner schools, leading to the building of an e-learning system for the National Association of Christian Schools in Uganda (NACSU). To realize this goal, Edify is partnering with the ICT Teachers Association of Uganda (ITAU) to facilitate the trainings. The pilot phase of the trainings took place from Monday 14th – Friday 18th, 2020.
The schools involved in the training were nine: St. James Sec School Jinja, Hope Community School Jinja, Shalom Primary School Kyadondo Road Kampala, Continental Whiteland College Busega, Kampala, Father’s Children Nursery and Primary School Kalagi Mukono, The Bright Day & Boarding School Kawempe, St Charles Lwanga High School, Lubya, Nyanza High School Jinja, and Jinja Parents Secondary School Kagoma Kamuli Rd Jinja.
Edify Uganda, a Christian NGO whose mission is to “improve and expand sustainable Christ centered education” funded the project that is to be expanded to the over 1000 schools in Uganda. To make the project a success, the Country Director Mr. Lugoloobi Godfrey oversaw the projects implementation with the help of Mr. Mukalele Rogers, the National Coordinator of the ICT Teachers Association of Uganda, who mobilized the facilitators. The facilitators included Mr. Opio Joseph, Mr. Mudawa Charles, Mr. Mukisa Godfrey, Mr. Emorut George, Mr. Ogwal Isaac, Mr. Wejuli Moses, Mr. Ssekitto Henry, Mr. Ntubura Stephen, Mr. Mutagana Moses, Ms. Magoola Christine, Mr. Tegule Nichodemus and Ms. Najodo Peace
At one of the centers, Father’s Children Nursery and Primary School Kalagi, Mukono it was noted that the school had acquired some computers and laptops but the most of the staff members had never interfaced with them. It is during this training that they learnt how to assemble the units, switch them on and all of the teachers reportedly opened up emails during this training.
The teachers were given training on Basic Computer Literacy for Teachers, Effective File and Data Management (Windows Environment), Preparing and Delivering Class Presentations Using PowerPoint, Using Digital Devices to create eLearning Content (videos), Internet Tools for Teachers and Collaboration and Using eLearning Platforms (particularly Kolibri, an elearning platform that enables uploading of digital lesson content for both online and offline use).
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Going forward, Edify and ITAU will follow up the teachers via email, Google Classroom, WhatsApp chat and also invite them to a Zoom session to share more tips on creating eLearning content and how to start using the accounts they created on the nacsu.org eLearning platform. The participants will start on creating content for their schools’ online platforms in order to aid the continuity of learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each school without a website will also be supported to establish and host one.