Uganda recruits ICT teachers to improve digital literacy
KAMPALA, UGANDA---UGANDA’S Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni (left) has said they have recruited and trained Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teachers to help improve digital literacy in schools across the country.
“If Uganda is to promote inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning, we have to focus on digital literacy,” Mrs Museveni said.
“It is our duty as the Ministry of Education to ensure that children in the whole country especially the rural areas have access to these same ICT facilities so that all our children in the country can be at the same level,” she said.
She was recently officiating at the 3rd Teachers’ Forum organised by the British Council in partnership with the Ministry Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), Vodafone Uganda and ICDL.
She said, “Digital literacy is not just about having ICT in schools, but also sharing knowledge, analyzing, assessing, integrating and creating new knowledge and effectively communicating, that is why the Ministry of Education is training and recruiting teachers,”
The Forum held under the theme ‘Digital Literacy: The Effective Use of ICT in Enhancing the Quality of Education’ was aimed at brainstorming the issue.
Majority of schools in both the rural and urban areas have no access to digital learning tools which creates a big divide in digital literacy.
The Vodafone Uganda CEO, John Ndego said the 4G Next Generation data network will continue to use mobile technology for easy access to education content and offer a positive and interactive learning environment. “We will be contributing effectively to the students to create tomorrow and shaping their future. Having access to technology gives students power to endless possibilities, power to be who they want to be, connect with their peers across the globe. This is our mission, to empower the future generation of our country,’ he said.