ILICIT Africa and Lara Learning Team enhances Children’s Digital Literacy in Bududa

In the need to bridge the digital divide ILICIT Africa in partnership with Lara learning started the Children Digital Literacy program in Bududa. Children’s Digital Centre is being piloted with children from the age of the 3 to 10yrs. 30 children for the first time learnt how to use tablets. The tablets were installed with Education Apps. The Pilot phase that started in May is set to last for a period of 2 years.

Children learning with Tablets at ILICIT Africa Digital Center

Indigenous children in rural areas have a challenge of accessing digital devices and computers due to the high costs and they cannot afford Digital devices. To some of the community members they were seeing the Tablets for the first time in their lives and were scared of touching them and fear for them to be broken.  Bududa being a rural area experience challenges in ICT and the youth and adults through the learning Centre have got an opportunity to access.

Children having fun with the tablets in Bududa

The children come to the Digital Center every afternoon from Monday to Friday and spend the Weekend playing with the games on the tablets and reading the children digital books which enhances their ability to read, write and learn English. Special thanks to the Lara Learning Team – Katarina Stensson the Lead, Bridget and Johanna for the support that they have given to the Learning Centre through the donation of 5 Android Tablets.

Katarina of the Lara Team demonstrates how to use a tablet

There is a yearn of the elders to get knowledge of ICT and they asked for an adult digital literacy program especially learn knowledge and skill of using computers and the Internet to search for information.  The youths who came to the Centre during the pilot phase were interested in having computer lessons since the schools they go to have limited computers and these are mainly utilized by the teachers.

 

To support us, here is what you should do:

  1. Look through your home and friends circle for unused tablets or laptops or computers. Maybe one with a scratched screen or a full memory?
  2. Email Daniel on daniel.nanghaka@i-africa.net for a pickup in Kampala or Mbale or Within Uganda or Katarina on katarina@learnwithlara.com to arrange a pickup (only Stockholm!) for how to deliver your support
  3. You will receive an official thank you note, and your name will be added to the community support list.

Support us because you believe we can create change and solve the Digital Divide Challenge

ILICIT Africa Partners with Lara Learning to test Learning Platform in Bududa

ICT driving the world today, there is a need to enhance learning abilities and Mobile abilities. ILICIT Africa whose aim is to enhance livelihoods through communication information technologies in Africa together with Lara will be implementing Learning abilities in children in Bududa. With the global need for educational enhancement and ICT everyone, everywhere on earth will be able to contribute in extending the app, and adapting it to their local community. As the world is going digital, and the price of mobile devices is decreasing, there is a huge opportunity to provide education to those who really need it through digital solutions. Following a discussion with Katarina Stensson on enhancing learning abilities of children aged 3 – 12yrs. A partnership between ILICIT Africa and Lara Learning app to be piloted in Bududa District. The children will be taught how to use tablets and use them as an enhancements in their knowldge abilities. The tablets will be installed with the Lara Learning App.

About Bududa
Bududa District is struggling with many challenges including a weak education system with 71% of children not making it past the 7th grade. The penetration rate of ICT in Bududa is so minimal especially that one can only access computer at the dristict. There are large numbers of vulnerable children and youth at increased for risk for HIV/AIDS, neglect and abuse despite the high teenage pregnancy rates with an average woman having her first child at age 14. The area is also encompassed with harmful traditional practices including early marriage and child labor especially for girls with an exploding population, leading to food shortages and environmental degradation.

In August 2012, Bududa faced the worst hit scene of landslides that burried 5 villages in areas of Nameste. It has been well known for frequent landslides that have caused over 1,000 deaths since 2010 with over 20,000 people displaced.

Lara
With 250 million children around the world can not read or write, Uganda is no extraordinary case. According to Katarina Stensson (Founder, Lara)T she says together we can change that through the open source educational app, that will let kids teach themselves and each other basic reading, writing and math.

With this ICT and Educational Challenge, Daniel K. Nanghaka – Executive Director ILICIT Africa says this is an opportunity to expound the knowledge base and enhance Mobile Pedagogies in Africa. This also follows an endorsement by the local leaders who approved the plan to set up an E-Learning Centre in Bududa in the year 2014. Project Lara is big for children development and helps them to adopt to the rapidly changing technologies. The project will be teaching and at the sametime testing Learning abilities of the children.

Press Statement on Freedom of Expression and Ban of Media Houses from Broadcasting Opposition Gatherings in Uganda

Press Statement on Freedom of Expression and Ban of Media Houses from Broadcasting Opposition Gatherings in Uganda

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Freedom of expression is the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information through any media and regardless of frontiers. The ban violates the Freedom of Expression as a human right.

Following the ban of the Government of Uganda to media houses broadcasting Opposition gatherings on the 5th May 2016, ILICIT Africa seeks to express its disappointment in the government of Uganda for the act caused which violates the rights of the citizens and Press in Uganda which has violated global principles of Human rights. Press freedom violations have undermined Uganda’s vision of transparency.

Press freedom has been lost as a result of the political situation in Uganda with the incumbent government. Furthermore, the media in Uganda has lost its freedom of expression and ability to share information nationally and globally following the ban which has finally been enacted in Uganda. This has been trending with restriction of media houses to report or broadcast provisional results and the house arrest of the opposition leaders after the election results.

Amidst the trending poor state of the nation, the livelihoods of the indigenous people continue to be affected each day, from the poor state of service delivery to critical infrastructure like roads.

ILICIT Africa would like to report to the African Union based on the Africa commission on Human and People’s Rights with the adoption of Resolution 71 at the 36th Ordinary Session Union which whose mandate was renewed at the 42nd Session, Bullet 3, 4 and 5 of the mandate called for the Special Rapporteur to monitor the member states on violations of freedom of expression which Uganda being a signatory happens to fall victim of violations of the mandate with the banning of sharing of information. Uganda has been facing a systematic violation of the right of freedom of expression and denial of access of information which is raising a concern since it affects the livelihoods of the nationals.

The African Union declared 2016 as the year of Human Rights with an emphasis on Freedom of Expression.

Daniel K. Nanghaka
Executive Director

 

Download link Press Statement on Ban of Media Houses from Broadcasting Opposition Gathering

ILICIT Africa holds Training Workshop on Geo Tools for M&E

Group photoThe day started with the drizzles as a the doors where open to 8 organizations that swung into Information Access Centre at the Ministry of ICT Headquarters. Clouded with a packed agenda for the day, Joshua Akandanwaho opened up the training workshop with the Opening Remarks from National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U). And immediately Charles Wanume from Digital Natives dived into the days session with Open Data Kit (ODK).

 

Hands-on

The participants presented were taken from Beginner to moderate level. The ODK session entailed was mainly embedded with creation of data collections form using the online version of ODK, followed by the use of XLSForms being designed in Microsoft Excel. The data was exported to ODK aggregate and other forms for interpretation.

 

 

 

In the afternoon session, Daniel the the participants presented were taken through the use of fusion tables to visualise Data collected using ODK. Then further were introduced to Google Earth and the GE Graph for creating Graphs in Google Earth.

 

At the end of the Day the participants were granted Certificates of Attendance of the one workshop.
At the end of the day every participant walked a way with a certificate of participation.

ILICIT Africa would like to appreciate the support granted by Ministry of ICT, NITA –U, Digital Natives for the support granted that enabled ILICIT Africa have a successful workshop.

Sympathy on the Residenst River Benue Bank Communities

We at EWERDIMA, would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the people living in Kaamem, Wadata, Idye Village, Agboughoul, Atsusa Media Village, Gyado Villa and Kucha Utebe that have been affected by the recent flood. We would also like to commend the community leaders and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for raising the alert signal accompanied with proactive response.

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Disasters regardless of the magnitude shall not be overlooked. Every disaster requires collective response and support from both local and international communities. We have joined other organisations, government agencies and communities to show our sympathy

According to the Director General of NEMA in Nigeria, he said the Cameroonian authorities had indicated that between now and November 2015 there would be routine release of water from the Lagdo Dam. He referred to the relevant government agencies and authorities to alert the communities on the possibilities of flooding and follow up with appropriate advocacy on adequate preparedness.

At this point we will like to continue to evangelise the EWERDIMA Response gadget which we could use to save and identify victims of disasters, emergency situations and calamities. EWERDIMA has received in-kind support from Arduino, Microsoft and Outbox Technology Hub. The project is managed by ILICIT Africa (Integrating Livelihoods Through Communication and Information Technilogy for Africa).

With this message, we will like to call upon all organisations, stakeholders companies, government agencies that believe we can come together to build this technological solutions that will help us save lives and reduce the level of negative impacts that disasters make on our communities.

With caring thoughts, our hearts go out to those that have been affected by this flood in Benue State, Nigeria.

Jibril

 

 

 

Jibril Lawal
Country Director – Nigeria

Enhancing Knowledge and Skills in Ugandan Students

Technology demands in Uganda are changing. 30% of students who join university for ICT courses have less or no knowledge of technical experience regards to programming. Schools in the city have tremendously benefited from the technology and ICT boom that is sky rocketing leaving rural areas of Uganda untapped and unexposed to the demand of ICT skills and training.

Imagine students dreaming to become computer geeks and programmers but are shadowed by the environment characterized by inadequate resources and human capital to expound this knowledge. The education curriculum exist in a world radically secluded from information, knowledge production and dissemination, and learning as it exists town schools.

ILICIT Africa zooms you to the rural school of Lango College, in Lira district – Northern Uganda. ILICIT Africa in partnership with Hack School Uganda and Arduino will be carrying out the first technology camp in Lira at Lango College.

Students with a passion to interact and build their capacity in ICT and Embedded system development will gain skills in the 3 days camp starting 17th August 2015.

Ever wondered about the technology behind computing chips embedded in devices like computers, smartphones, cars and pacemakers? The new computing experience is tailored to hands on programming experience for all participating students and puts coding at the heart of Information Technology education to prepare students in rural areas to become smart professionals.

We believe that once the young generation knows how to code, they can create virtual worlds within the computer where the only limit on what is possible is their imagination. We at ILICIT Africa wants to put this power into the hands of children in Uganda.

Vision

We focus on the creating and introducing the young generation to the concepts of building new things with digital tools through basic programming building blocks.

Partners

This training program is supported by the ILICIT Africa and Brudan Digital with support from Arduino Inc. who have provided the hardware to be used for the training. Daniel Nanghaka, founder of ILICIT Africa and Daniel Ogwok, lead programmer at Brudan Digital Limited came together to build the Hack School Uganda to extend the knowledge of ICT skills which include basic website development using Html, css and javascript; and Hardware Programming using Arduino.

 

Activities involved.
Students shall have training sessions and discussions for three consecutive days to allow them grasp the programming fundamentals for those who are new to the world of computer programming.

Programming materials like e-books and tutorials shall be provided so that students get familiar with the various algorithms and concepts to be applied during problem solving.

 

 

Objectives of ILICIT-Africa – Lango College and Hack School Uganda Partnership.

  • The major objective of this partnership is to enhance enthusiasm among students for growing technology to think about the world in a new way.
  • To promote creativity, innovativeness and capability for self-directed lifelong learning in students to a strong flavor of constructivist learning, rather than one of teacher-dominated declarative learning.
  • To encourage interest in programming among students interested in problem solving and programming.
  • To promote computational thinking a way how engineers solve problems. It combines mathematics, logic and algorithms, and teaches you a new way to think about the world.
  • To enable students pick up the basic skills that will enable them build useful applications and websites.
  • To enable the young generation to understand and master technology of all sorts and solve problems in almost any discipline.

 

In the future, the amount of technology and our reliance on it will only increase. The students of today need to be able to not only consume this technology, but to understand and control it.

Once the rural areas are provided with gateways to new learning experiences that are not bound by their classroom walls, the boundary lines of their towns, the seemingly unobtainable goal shall be achieved. ILICIT-Africa recommends that the cultivation of such qualities needs to be infused through the entire educational process.

The campaign is still on, we are investing in Uganda’s future. Will you join us?

Please Steal This Blog Post

At ILICIT Africa, we believe that free access to information is a human right. The Internet has dramatically enhanced our ability to exercise this right, but unfortunately most humans cannot access the Internet. Today, over 4.3 billion people cannot connect to the Internet at all and another roughly 1 billion people have their Internet connections censored or monitored. A world where only 20% of humans have truly free access to digital information is unacceptable.

That is why we support the creation of Humanity’s Public Library, an initiative by Outernet. Outernet broadcasts a data signal from satellites that is free to receive anywhere on Earth. While this is not an Internet connection, it is a free stream of critical information. What information is considered “critical?” You decide.

Outernet and Creative Commons are co-hosting the first edit-a-thon for Humanity’s Public Library on July 18-19 2015 to decide what is included in this library. Anyone on Earth is encouraged to participate – details on how to have your voice heard in this process can be found at http://editathon.outernet.is.

We want to encourage our users to submit their own work and to submit content from Outernet that is licensed for redistribution. One such work is this very blog post. Copy these words and post them on your own blog and let’s all gather together and build a #LibraryFromSpace.

This blog post is licensed under CC0 and is free to be distributed and edited without restriction.

Statement on the disaster brought by the EarthQuake in Nepal

On behalf of the EWERDIMA Team, I would like me pass our deepest condolences on the families and friends of the deceased during 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara affecting the Victims in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Mount Everest where the Avalanches were triggered.

According to the Nepalese information minister who told the BBC that 1,500 people had been killed in the disaster, but that the true casualty figure would probably be much higher. The Livelihoods of the citizens is at stake as damage has occurred and interfered with the peaceful country.

Disasters of this magnitude call for a collective response, a demonstration of International solidarity. We therefore join the other organizations, schools, religious groups, government agencies, and concerned individuals sympathy.

This is the point that I regret the slow development of the EWERDIMA Response gadget which could be used to save and identify victims of Disasters and Emergency situations and calamities. We believe this calamity would not have reached this enormity if the right social systems and technological tools were in place which the EWERDIMA team in coordination with different stakeholders has received in-kind support from Arduino with arduino boards, Microsoft with the server space and licences, Outbox Technology Hub the current co-creation working space. The project is managed by ILICIT Africa (Integrating Livelihoods through Communication Information Technology for Africa).

Todays, improvements in technology make it possible to interconnect measuring and monitoring devices at different locations. The cost of building these applications that can run on these smart devices which the EWERDIMA Team is building is really high and requires adequate resources and support from different stakeholders.

With this message, I call upon all stakeholders, organisations and companies who believe we can join hands and build this technological solutions to reduce deaths occurring during disasters and emergency situations to grant us support to build these technologies that can save mass deaths just like the Earthquake that occurred on the 25th April 2015.

With deep sadness we come together to mourn the deaths and victims of the Earthquake in Nepal and other affected areas.

 

Daniel K. Nanghaka

Executive Director- ILICIT Africa / Founder of the EWERDIMA Platform

Email: daniel@ewerdima.com / dndannang@gmail.com

Tel: +256772898298

 

You can download a copy of the message here 
StatementOnEarthQuakeNepal

Innovation for Youth Employment in Africa

With the trending challenges in Africa, it was a great pleasure to organise the Ashoka Changemakers bootcamp that was held at Hive Colab. The event was greatly made possible by Ashoka, Mastercard and Hive Colab cordially provided the venue for the event as ILICIT Africa conducted the on ground mobilization and preparation for the event with support from Vincent from Regional Director of Youth Years Ashoka and ThienVien from the Ashoka Changemakers team.

participants

The bootcamp brought together 19 Changemakes from different areas around Kampala. To be able to implement change, there is need to identify the problem or challenge. With problem identification, solving, innovation, prototyping and scaling solution created a mind alterations which gave the participants a twist in there thinking abilities.

With the need for Social entrepreneurship, many challenges are encountered in solution development and ideation. This is geared by a team that comes together in solving the problem. The morning session was filled group interaction, where the participants identified different challenges encountered in there communities. This challenges were zeroed to one challenge where participants brain stormed solutions to the challenge. This was a very participatory session which was geared by a problem solving model.

The afternoon session was very inspiring as Abu, of village energy gave his inspiration story to what made him be a change maker, with his experience, challenges and success  of Village Energy.

Participants longed for more time and requested that more sessions and bootcamps be held.  After the bootcamp session there was a meeting with the Ashoka Venture Alumni. Abubaker the founder of Village energy gave an inspiration talk to the alumni which you can watch.

ILICIT Africa gets approval to set up ICT Centre in Bududa

Amidst the growing trends in technology, On January 2015, ILICIT Africa was granted an approval to set up the ICT Hub. Bududa District is located in the eastern part of the Eastern. Region of Uganda. The district comprises one county, seven sub-counties.

After evaluating the impact of the project and the hub will boost and help the people of Bududa area match the global development and help the community understand the importance and relevance of Education, ICT and Technology for Development says Mr. Wakholowa Muhammad the Chairman LCIII.

The ICT Hub will have an ICT training Centre that will train the local indigenous people on basic skills of ICT, an E–Library Centre that will boost literacy and education in the region and a Technology hub that will bring, foster Innovation and business development in the area of Bududa District. In the interviews conducted it was found out that there is no ICT centre and the library there is only one community Llibrary in Bududa town which serves a a population of over 5000.