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TEN CHALLENGES FACING IMPLEMENTATION OF ICT EDUCATION IN UGANDAN SCHOOLS

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While ICT continues to advance in Uganda where it has penetrated many sectors including banking, and communications, the Ugandan educational system still to lags behind. Recently, The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) introduced Subsidiary ICT at A’Level and Computer use in Uganda classrooms is still in its early phases. I have taught computer studies at O level since 2009. In this article I share some of the challenges I have observed facing implementation of computer education in Uganda. They are: 1. Lack of qualified teachers to teach ICT in schools; The demand for ICT learning has been tremendous and the number of teachers who are trained to teach ICT cannot meet the demand. There are more students willing to be taught computing skills than there are teachers to transfer the skills. And with the new subsidiary ICT introduced at A’ level, the situation is very worse! 2. Lack of computers; Computers are still very expensive and despite spirited efforts by the government …

ON THE VIOLENT STRIKES AND HOW TO RESIST THEM

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Over and again destructive/violent strikes have been staged in schools especially secondary schools. This is a very backward way of finding solutions to existing problems. Students should explore many other avenues that exist even if they involve petitioning higher authorities to intervene in their problems other than destroying school property that has been built over years. This is a spirit of no respect for public property; we should stop appearing to support students who have destroyed property in schools if this habit is to end. Each time such strikes occur, every party is quick to blame school administration and teachers, yes but can’t students learn to present their grievances without destroying property which their parents later pay to rebuild anyway? I have personally invested a lot of time educating the students about peaceful means of solving problems. We all must get involved in doing this, parents, teachers, government, community leaders and everybody sensible enough. The…

MAHTMA GANDHI, MARTIN LUTHER AND MANDELA ACHIEVED MUCH PEACEFULLY THAN THOSE WHO ATTEMPTED TO ACHIEVE THE SAME THROUGH VIOLENCE!

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Non-violence, truth, inspiration and great leadership qualities are what come to our mind when we hear Mahatma Gandhi’s name.
His determinations were strong and ideas firm enough to reach his ultimate goal. He left his successful career of a lawyer to participate in the long chase for Independence along with other freedom fighters
Innovation:  Non-violence probably was one of the greatest innovations of Mahatma Gandhi. I don’t think history has any track records of any freedom fighter or any country winning the battle of independence using the weapon of non-violence. But Gandhi was the only leader to make use of non-violence successfully to win a battle. His Dandi March was a successful effort where he used his weapon of non-violence.Simplicity: I do not think history can ever produce a simple man like Mahatma Gandhi. Being such a great leader his way of living, teaching, books and even his quotes were very simple. His simplicity reflects in his ideas and way of living. Simplicity i…

NARRATION AND REFLECTIONS ON THE UGANDA MARTYRS

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“Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” - John 11:26

The work of the martyrs of Uganda interests me because, firstly, Christian witness in Uganda is a typical example for the Africans who uphold and keep their faith for God.
How is started
In 1878 five missionaries came to Uganda. After their arrival they ransomed slave children and started an orphanage which was to be the nucleus of future Christianity but they were disappointed by the poor response from the people. At the same time the children were very difficult to handle. So, in October 1882 the fathers left the field but in spite of that a few converts left behind did not abandon their faith but instead won other young people over to Christianity.

Persecutions of the Christians began during the time of king Mwanga the son of Mtisa who in the beginning loved the missionaries. King Mwanga was addressed as ‘Lebo Kabaka’ -- ‘my Lord, the king’ and the king’s minister was called katikiro.
Reasons for Pers…

SAFETY IS NOT FOUND IN THE ABSENCE OF DANGER BUT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

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David knew that no matter what his circumstances looked like -- whether his life was in great danger or not -- his safety depended on God. It is no surprise, then, that David wrote in Psalm 27:1-3:  The Lord is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. When you feel afraid of what other people can do to you, remember that God has ultimate control over your life. However, it is important to note that in order to expect God's protection, you must be in God's presence. Notice that Psalm 91:1-2 says, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."…

Should Teachers and Students Be Friends on Facebook?

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BackgroundFacebook is a social networking service launched in February 2004. As of April 2013, Facebook has over 1.2 billion active users. Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics. Facebook has become very common in use by individuals ranging from teenagers, workmates, students, professionals, politicians, preachers, advertisers you will find all categories of people on Facebook. Organisations and companies such as institutions, media houses, and even churches also use Facebook as a platform for passing on information to their followers.  

As Facebook becomes more popular, Many teachers are finding themselves in the dilemma, of receiving friend requests from their students, which leaves them confuse…