Participation of SchoolNet Uganda members in International workshops, conferences and competitions
Allow me to share the little I know about our family involvements in international workshops, conferences and competitions. I hope this will act as an inspiration to all of us to do what we are doing with our hearts and not with our hands and to take up the opportunities as they surface on our mailing list. I know if you shared what is happening at your schools, the list would be much longer.
1. (22nd June-26thJune) 2009: Charles Yakani, teacher and ICT Coordinator, Kyambogo College School attended a 5-day Intel Teach Workshop in South Africa. The theme of the workshop was “Staff Development and Training of Senior Trainers for ICT Integration.”
Intel Corporation covered all his cost of air travel, accommodation and meals.
2. (27th June – 1st July) 2009: Ronald Ddungu , teacher and Deputy Head teacher of Gayaza High School attended the Microsoft World-wide Innovative Teachers Network Training in Virginia, USA and made a poster presentation of the school community project at NECC (National Educational Computing Conference)( http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/ ) held 28th June-1st July 2009 in Washington DC, USA.
Microsoft covered all his costs of air travel, accommodation and meals.
3. (28th June-1st July) 2009: Kakinda Daniel, Training Director SchoolNet Uganda and Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Uganda coordinator attended the NECC (National Educational Computing Conference)( http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/ ) held 28th June-1st July 2009 in Washington DC, USA.
Daniel Kakinda together with Svetlana Yakubovskaya from Belarus, Mali Bickley and Jim Carlenon from Canada, Dalia Khalil from Egypt, Debbie Anderson from Louisiana, Saleem Ibrahim from Pakistan and Lisa Jobson from USA ran a practical session on production of youth media and shared experiences from their countries in youth media production for social change.
iEARN-USA covered all the cost of his air travel, accommodation and meals.
4. (29 July -2 Aug) 2009: One teacher and five students will be attending the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, USA as part of 100 global AYV participants from 30 countries. Selection to this summit was done through a neck breaking competition which involved 30 countries.
The Uganda group consists of two teams:
• Team 1: Submitted a media piece on “Challenges of the youth within and around Kings College Budo”. Team members include: Mrs. Solome Susan Ssenkubuge, a WSWM teacher and AYV project coordinator at Kings College Budo, Alvin Geno, a student at Kings College Budo and Ampeire Graeme, a student at Kings College Budo.
• Team 2: Submitted a media piece on “Gender disparity in Science education in Uganda”. Team members include: Allan Kakinda, a BSTAT III student at Makerere University, Sheilla Murungi formerly a student at Wanyange Girls (2008) and Ronald Kasendwa, formerly at student at Namilyango College (2008).
The participants will be trained in how to produce youth media for social change in addition to interacting with professional film makers.
Adobe Foundation is covering all their costs of air travel , accommodation and feeding.
5. (1st -3rd )Sept 2009: Pan-African Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum will be held in Mauritius.
Through a competitive process, the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum recognizes educators who make innovative use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning that help to transform the learning process.
Three teachers who won the Uganda Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum which was held on 30th March 2009 at Hotel Africana will represent Uganda at the Pan-African competition in Mauritius.
The teachers are: Richard Bukenya Obadiah, a music teacher at Gayaza High school, Chebet Milton, a Biology teacher at Gayaza High School and Solomon Bbumba, a Maths teacher at Revival primary school in Mattuga. The winners at the Pan-African Innovative Teachers Forum will be invited in the Worldwide Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum to be held (3-6) Nov 2009 in Brazil.
We have confidence that some of our teachers will make it to the worldwide finals. It should be remembered that Ronald Ddungu, Education for Sustainability project was the second in the Innovation in collaboration category at the 4th Microsoft Annual Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum held (3-6) Nov, 2008 in Hong Kong.
( http://apac.innovativeteachers.com/HongKong/Pages/ITF.aspx )
6. (31st Aug- 3rd Sept) 2009 -The World Bank Institute in partnership with Microsoft Corporation, Intel Corporation and CISCO Systems are hosting an ICT in Education Policy Makers workshop at the La Plantation Hotel, Mauritius Island. The workshop is aimed at fostering dialogue, sharing best practices and emerging trends in the field of ICT in Education with particular focus on Teacher Professional Development. Participants are from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Kakinda Daniel has been nominated by the World Bank Institute to participate in this workshop and will cover all his costs of air travel, accommodation and feeding.
7. Mtandao-Afrika Competition Winners 2008: Mtandao Afrika (MAf) Internet Challenge is a website development contest for African youth from different countries collaborate to produce educational web sites with African content and promotes the use of African local languages. The winners of the 2008 competitions have been announced and can be viewed at.
There are two teams where we have Uganda students:
(i) Prostitution in Africa (http://maflib.mtandao-afrika.net/MAF080234/) – won the Platinum Award 2008 in the Arts and Literature Category.
Team members included:
Students: Ronald Kasendwa (Uganda)- formerly at Namilyango College (2008), Ann Namale (Uganda)– formerly at Nalinya Lwantale Girls (2008), Timony Nyanzi (Uganda) – formerly at Namilyango College (2008), Racheal Hariniva – a student from Madagascar.
Coaches: Diana Nalubega (Uganda) – a teacher at Lumino High School and Richard Aliima, a teacher from South Africa.
(ii) Africa for All (http://maflib.mtandao-afrika.net/MAF080026/ ) – won the Platinum Award 2008 in the Interdisciplinary Category.
Team members included:
Students: Nermien Hani (Egypt), Nasir Abdul Kadir (Nigeria), Eslam Mahmoud (Egypt), Allan Kakinda (Uganda).
Coaches: Kudakwashe Nyengera (Zimbabwe) and Mahmond Mortada (Egypt).
8. (2nd -4th )Sept 2009: Global Partners in Action; NGO forum on Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Development, Berlin, Germany.
Solomon Bbumba, a Maths teacher at Revival primary school in Mattuga was selected to attend this conference through a competitive process by the organizers. All costs of his air travel; accommodation and feeding are to be covered by the NGO forum.
I am sure SchoolNet Uganda family members are participating in many more international workshops, conferences and competitions. Please share with us, what is happening at your schools.
Please “ASPIRE TO INSPIRE BEFORE YOU EXPIRE”