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INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICA

by Jackson Wavamunno

Basic technology was prospering in Africa in the early times. Africans were using very native methods of production (basically by hand), communication and trade (mostly barter). With the colonisation of Africa, things took a different twist when Europeans introduced new and faster methods of production, communication and trade.

To-date, Africa has moved from the traditional methods and has embraced the modern digital technology. Digital technology has taken Africa by storm. I remember, when I was a kid, my father had to send me to our farm labourer, two villages away, to call him. These days, the same farm labourer is only a phone call away. In the days when street parking stickers were introduced in Kampala, all streets had to be managed by many young men and women who would spend their entire day under the scorching African sun. Nowadays, we have card-managed parking meters. During the early days, soda manufacturers used to incur many losses due to the inconsistency in the thickness of soda bottles. Some would burst during filling. Nowadays, computer-controlled production ensures uniformity in the capacity and thickness of bottles.

 

Lets come to our education system, ICT has done a great deal for us. African children, who have access to computers , have the chance to enjoy highly educative content that is available on the market. Children can now be able to look at three dimensional figures of rare objects like the human heart. They can 'visit' and see what happens inside a volcano or an anthill. Government have gone a long way in promoting ICT use in our schools, for example, the Government of Uganda, began by creating an independent ICT Ministry, then went on to equip Government schools with basic ICT equipment, it is now funding the training of teachers in the use and teaching of ICT-related subjects and it has also made it mandatory for all Secondary School children to have ICT as a compulsory subject.

On the school front, teachers and Head teachers are beginning to become enlightened on the use of computers, projectors, TVs, Radio and other multi-media devices in the delivery of academic content to their students. As the fire catches on, more and more parents are being forced to jump on the ICT bandwagon because, many cannot escape the ICT-related demands from their off-springs in these schools.

Finally, as can be seen in the picture, we have gone a long way on the African continent to adopt high-end technology use. An instructor was teaching students at University how to repair computers.

 

 

Its once again a great  opportunity to have a say  on the ICT  Africa developments. ICT in Africa is a steadly growing field within almost all the countries;. Though with some people it is viewed as a youth development field among the elderly, its a move that has come aid the operation systems of Africa. The only challenge as most of the African countries are still developing which is slowing down the trend at which most people would have acquired the knowledge and skills. These challenges include:

-The electrification of the countries

-The low economies of the African countries.

-The negative attitudes of the elderly.

The insufficiency education systems. To mention about a few.

Though the problems are numerous, Africans are much more ready to exploit the trend of ICT.

 

Thank you,

By; EDWARD SSENTEZA

Information technology is slowly but surely taking root in most African Countries. In Africa today many people are beginning to adapt the use of various applications to communicate and net work with people of other areas. It is common practice to see people use mobile phones,computers and the internet even in very remote ares.

Teachers have not remained behind either. They have revolutionarised their teaching through the use of computer applications in form of e.book/e.libraries,e.learning and other social net works like blogs and twitter. In this way teaching and learning has become more interesting and fun.

Though this sounds rosy there are many hiccups with this modern technology ; connectivity is a problem so is power interruptions and failure and lack of infrustructure which makes information technology a night mare.

It is every ones prayer that one day things will improve so that every one gets to enjoy the advantages of this modern technology

 

By Mugeere Edward

DIGITAL IMMIGRATION

My genesis of ICT started on 1st October,2012 when I got the invitation letter to train as among the 25 IT multipliers in Uganda.

On 22nd October,2012 at ITCT-Africa,Bukoto Street,Kampala. I met the following participants and we were the components of computers and demonstrated how to operate the computer. As a novice computer literate,I handled it as follows :
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We learnt the mission of the program,”ITCT-Africa is a capacity building component of Education in Africa Collaborative Program.”

As you can see us in the photograph,we were proudly standing to embrace the initiative/ objective”To facilitate the use of ICT in education in Uganda by training teachers and tutors in the implementation of ITCT in teaching/learning process” .I as for one, I am ready to bring my fellow tutors on board through using the knowledge,skills and values that I have acquired from this training centre.

Background

Information techinology in Africa is still in its early stages. A number of countries have gone ahead to design programs to equip the nationals with computer skills. One of such centres that is doing a good job is ITCT Africa found in Uganda.

Location

It is located in a cool safe surrounding in Kamwokya a surbub oa Kampala the capital city of Uganda

Vision

The vision for this center is to train as many Ugandans as possible and teachers in particular so that tha teachers can catch up with the computer natives(the students)since we the teachers are computer migrants. This is a focused vision.

Resources

The center has a training staff of 5 with many other facilitators from neighbouring countries that support the trainings once called upon. The facilitators are all friendly commited and know what they are doing.Big up to Rogers

courses

The courses offered are centered around a computer program using Linux software.These include; Libre office writer, Libre office impress, Libre office calic To mention but a few.

The training

A group of 25 multipliers have just completed a 6 month long series of workshops which have made us better teachers. They have prepared us to handle the "why" generation who basically knew more than us the teachers( that is before this training) but not any more.

Thanx you for equipping us with this very very important skill as teachers. Please contact them they are doing a good job!!

submitted by Kiwanuka Evelyn Ndagire