A Teacher's contribution to the Multipliers Project

Mrs Ingrid SchleichMrs Ingrid Schleich is a high school French teacher in Cologne, Germany. Teacher Ingrid was impressed by our teacher education projects and decided to support us by all means available to her. She and her class, collect empty bottles which are exchanged for money in super markets. For each bottle she gets 8 - 25 cents depending on whether they are glass or plastic bottles. Teacher Ingrid is killing three birds with one stone: she and her class keep the school clean free of empty bottles, protect our environment by collecting bottles for recycling, and for every cent they collect they contribute to our educational projects. Thank you Teacher Ingrid! EDDA Africa and ITCT Africa are very grateful for every cent you have donated!

On 17th December 2013, ITCT Africa hosted another graduation for teachers who successfully completed a six-months' training of trainers course in IT. This was the third group to graduate since the Centre was established in November 2011. 50 teachers from different primary schools, secondary schools primary teachers colleges, vocational institutes,  and universities were invited to participate in this pilot project August 2012 to December 2013. The project "50 Teacher IT Multipliers" aimed at training teachers in IT skills which would enable to use IT in teaching as well as training fellow teachers. Courses included: (1) Introduction to Computers, OpenSource/Linux and Office Packages – LibreOffice Writer and LibreOffice PowerPoint  (2) Office Packages: LibreOffice Calc and LibreOffice Base (3) Web Design, E-market, E-books, e-Journals, E-Publishing, Online Libraries(4) Collaborative Learning and Curriculum Development(Ethics) (5) Database Design (Front & Back End) (6) Web publication with Content Management Systems (CMS) (7) Web Development using HTML (8) Workshop 8: Statistical Analysis using R-Studio (9) Instructional Software and Media for Science Subjects (Chemistry,) Simulated Lab Experiments (10)Technical Training: Computer Assembling, Networking, Administration & Internet Security (11) E-Learning & Moodle.
The training, which was carried out at the Centre on Bukoto Street Pl. 110, was facilitated by a group of education and IT volunteers from Uganda, Kenya, DR Congo, Germany and Switzerland. Certificates were issued by ITCT-Africa in collaboration with Mbarara,University of Science and Education.
The function was honoured by Ms. Annet Mugisha from the Ministry of Education.

Compared to the boys, girls have continued to drop out of school for a number of reasons. Some of them include the following;

  • Some parents look at the issue of educating girls as a wastage of resources. They therefore prefer to spend the little they have to educate boys forcing the girl child to drop out of school

  • Feelings of isolation contribute to dropping out of school in that after being harassed by fellow students, the only option is to drop out.

  • Greedy parents tend to marry off their daughters at an early age just because they are materialistic. They look at girls as a source of wealth.

  • They claim that majority of the teachers,counsellors, and administrators are not nice to them. In fact some teachers tell girls to marry after failing an exercise in class.

  • Girls are unable to access affordable sanitary care or facilities at school. T hey have to stay at home during their periods.

  • Gender bias in school especially in rural areas also forces them to drop out. The class environment tends to favour boys than girls.

  • Absenteeism, often triggered by feeling unsafe at school, can lead to dropping out completely. They are often subjected to domestic work which makes them stay at home.


From experience I have come to conclude that learning is so minimal if not lost completely when learners are not directly involved in using the leaning resources.

Different disciplines require different teaching/ leaning resources.

Taking an example of a university, learning by doing in the disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences may require taking a detailed research about a topic from journals, websites , consulting experts in the areas of interest and so on. On the contrary learners may wish to sit back and only be lectured to by the teachers.

In the area of Applied Sciences where Engineering courses are part, learning by doing should ensure learners use their hands and in order to develop the skills required in the working environment. On the other hand learners who concentrate on memorising theorems without hands on experiences will always require fresh training at their places of employment which is very costly.

It is against this back ground that the teaching-learning process needs to be redirected to be more learner centred and encourage learners to do more than the teacher.

I would like to appreciate ITCT-Africa for equipping the teachers with more IT skills as this will go a long way in implementing the learn by doing approach in the teaching.

Geoffrey Kizito

(Kings College Budo)

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The graduation of the 1st group of multipliers was held on 23rd March 2013 and the day started at 7:30am with the arrival of the multipliers.

In attendance were Prof Jonathan Baranga, ITCT-Africa Chairman Board of Trustees,Dr Simon Anguma, Dean Faculty of Sciences from our partner University of Science and Technology-Mbarara. Beatrice Byakutaga (Principal Nakaseke Primary Teachers Training College) who represented Ministry of Education and Sports. Christine Sempanyi from NITA (National Information Technology Authority), Drake Mutahakana from KCCA (Kampala Capital City Authority), Hanspeter Spalinger from Linuxola,Principals of Primary Teachers Training Colleges and Nakawa Vocational Institute and Headteachers of primary schools,trainers, friends, wellwishers and staff of ITCT-Africa.

Speeches were given with Bosa K.M Billy representing the primary schools and Natukunda Beatrice on behalf of the Primary Teachers Training Colleges (PTCs) and vocational institutes. Both extended gratitude for having been selected to gain skills that had been yearned for long.

They requested that:

  • the Centre holds regular refresher meetings

  • multipliers be given a Startup Multiplier Kit and

  • For the workshop to run for more than six months