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ReadytoWork Programme

Barclay Bank (U), BrighterMonday, Uganda, and the College of Computing and IS are partnering up to provide College students with the essential work skills, people skills, money skills and entrepreneurial skills that they will need to make them employable. These skills are to help students adapt from an academic based environment to a working environment.

ReadytoWork is to be launched on the 22nd and 23rd Sept 2016 at the College of Computing and IS. During the two days during students will be sensitized about the programme and get the opportunity to sign up for the 8 weeks training. The programme is free and online based (using computer, tablet or mobile platforms) but will also provide for weekly face to face interactions. 

Upon completion successful students of the programme will be able to access internship/employment opportunities with industry partners (e.g. Airtel, Brighter Monday, British Council, IMG etc.). For addtional information visit the following link. ReadytoWork

The Participatory Road Infrastructure Monitoring in Kampala was held on the September 14, 2016 and hosted at the Software Systems Center, School of Computing and IT, Makerere University. The half day workshop attracted 25 participants with diverse backgrounds in the ICT industry.

As part of the agenda the participants introduced themselves and presentations on the Overview of road infrastructure monitoring project and Pilot crowdsourcing and visualization’s of road anomalies were facilitated by Mr. Isaac Oteyo and Mr. Moses Malele.                     

A walk through demonstration of the developed tools (i.e. the mobile app) followed with the use of 5 devices. The participants broke off into 5 groups of 5 during this session and received details instructions on how to use the app. The app was considered to be user friendly and although the software crashed on one of the devices, there were suggestions for the need of regular software upgrades should the app eventually be deployed.

The key objective of the workshop was the discussions and evaluation of the developed tools session. During this session several ideas were shared namely;

  • Provide an SMS platform for users that are not able to afford smart phones but still want to participate in road infrastructure monitoring.
  • Feedback format for users using the app (i.e. Thank you for sending the info.).
  • Provide details description of the potholes captured. The collated data sets could be valuable to other authorities’ (i.e. Uganda Police Force, Uganda Revenue Authority etc.) who can use it for analysis.

To conclude, participants filled and submitted evaluation forms with feedback deemed important to the project.

IDLEL 07 Conference

The IDLEL07 conference on Open Source solutions was held from 22nd to 24th August at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. The theme of the conference was Open source solutions for open government and open data in Africa. The primary goal of IDLELO7 is to increase the awareness, integration and adoption of free and open source software (FOSS) in Africa within the theme emphasizing how such Free and Open Source solutions are being used to achieve Open Data and Open Government frameworks. This entails promoting Open Source software sharing in Africa.

The speakers included; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance. The minister said that the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance had prioritized research and innovation as one of the key areas of focus of the medium and long term. The minister also presented the ICT sector strategy and investment plan priorities innovation to create a systematic and enabling environment for the advancement of FOSS.

Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of Science, Technology and Innovation presented on the role of FOSS in fostering science related software to the real-world problems and research and development is essential, and the government was committed to this. He also said that Software Development is young but with a gross potential

Nnenna Nwakanma; the Africa Regional Director Web Foundation from Ghana also presented on Open data for sustainable Development in Africa. She shared the confluence of Open things – Open Governance, Open Data, Open Solutions and tasked Uganda to join Open Data Partnership. She also encouraged young people to go past developing apps to providing solutions, for local problems and encouraged women and girls get into ICT and innovation

Seun Ojedeji, a member of the Free and open source software foundation Africa (FOSSFA) recognized that NITA-U has a role in drafting the nationwide FOSS policies. He also recognized communities like; COSIS, ILICIT Africa, Outbox, UN Global Pulse Lab, Women of Uganda Network, Incubation Labs MUK. He also officially invited NITA-U to become a FOSSFA Member. Mr. Seun announced the host of IDLELO8 as Durban, South Africa.

Other speakers included Mr. James Saaka, the Executive director of the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U),Linnet Kwamboka, the CEO of Data Science Kenya, James Wire from CURED limited Uganda and Professor Patrick Mangeni, a former NITA-U board member.

The conference was organized by the Ministry of ICT and National guidance in partnership with NITA Uganda, Huawei, the Free and open source software foundation Africa (FOSSFA), Makerere University.

The National ICT Workshop for Secondary School Head Teachers was held from 10th to 11th August 2016 at the Makerere University Main Hall. The conference was organized by Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS), the National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) and the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). The training was meant to improve ICT skills and attitudes required of head teachers to effectively integrate ICT in education management and achievement of high quality imperatives of secondary school education in Uganda.

The workshop was presided over by several dignitaries namely; Prof. B. Nuwange, Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A), Makerere University, Dr. A. Rwashana, Deputy Principal, CoCIS, Dr. R. Nassali Lukwago the Guest of Honor, Permanent Secretary MoES, Dr. Y. K. Nsubuga, Commissioner Secondary Education – MoES and Dr. Frederick Kitoogo, Director Planning, Research & Development, NITA (U).

The workshop intended to harness the potentials of ICT to achieve the goal of inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. The workshop also provided a platform for high level policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on how to effectively and efficiently integrate ICTs into secondary education.

Dr. Nsubuga remarked that over 1037 computer labs will be constructed for Secondary schools under the UCC, MoES, and NITA (U) partnership and that retooling of 300 Secondary school teachers in ICT during the school holidays was currently underway. In addition, he encouraged teachers to register with the web portal built by MoES (www.tmins.go.ug)

The conference also focused on ICT policies for education, equipment’s and applications for school records and information management, ICT for teaching and learning in secondary schools, ICT capabilities in the classroom etc.

The workshop had approximately 45 Secondary school Head teacher’s in attendance from various districts namely Kampala, Gulu, Bushenyi, Masaka etc.

In conclusion, the conference and training workshop is to continue contributing in setting up students for success in an increasingly smart connected world with increasing and committed support from the partners that sponsored the workshop i.e. MoES, NITA (U), and CoCIS.

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