Badiliko Digital Hubs

Helping schools and communities access ICT

British Council Uganda is working in partnership with Microsoft to bring Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions to tens of thousands of Ugandan students, through the use of computing digital hubs. Project ‘Badiliko’ (a Swahili word which means ‘change’), gives teachers, students and the wider community access to ICT in their areas, while also providing professional development opportunities for teachers.

How does it work?

British Council Uganda works directly with regional and district education offices to identify and secure suitable host schools for the installation of each digital hub. Because these schools are strategically selected, nearby communities (and schools clustered within each region) are also able to benefit from the Badiliko resources.

Each hub has a digital ambassador, who arranges installation of 20 networked desktop computers. Each computer is fully equipped with the Microsoft Office suite, with PowerPoint, Excel and Word already installed, alongside other programmes. The digital ambassador acts as the computer laboratory administrator and helps with ICT training. Students, teachers and community members in each hub receive specialised ICT training in the week following installation, and follow up support is provided.

Once each Badiliko hub is fully functional, students and staff have access to the British Council’s online learning resources, including professional development courses and English language materials.

Locations of Badiliko Digital Hubs in Uganda

District Location Local partner
Bukedea Town Bukedea – Bukedea local district administration block Bukedea District Administration
Tororo Tororo – Rubongi Army Primary and Secondary school Uganda Peoples Defence Army
Mbale Mbale – Old district headquarters Library Mbale District and PONT-UK
Gulu Gulu – Unyama National Teacher’s college World Vision
Gulu Gulu teachers Resource Centre – Northern Region World Vision
Kampala Kampala – Nakasero Primary School Kampala City Council Authority
Kampala Kampala – Nsambya St Peters Senior Secondary school Kampala City Council Authority
Bushenyi town Bushenyi – Bushenyi district community centre Bushenyi District Administration
Masindi town Masindi – Public library and youth community centre Masindi Town Council
Nebbi town Nebbi – Nebbi youth community and social centre Nebbi District Administration
Apac Apac – Apac town local community centre Apac District Administration
Moroto Moroto – Moroto core teacher’s college Moroto Core PTC/UNICEF
Pallisa town Pallisa – Red cross youth community centre Pallisa District Administration
Kalaki town (Kaberamaido district) Kaberamaido – Kalaki Feed the Children Children’s community Centre Feed The Children

From Volunteer to Top Digital Ambassador

Kalifani Orone, a university ICT student emerged as the best Digital Ambassador under the Connecting Classrooms programme on 20 November 2014. His excellent work of promoting ICT in Pallisa District earned him the top prize; a brand new laptop and a fully paid trip to South Africa.

His journey to this achievement started when he was volunteering at the District Head Quarters under the education department. When the partnership was established between British Council and the District, he was given first priority because of his excellent service as a volunteer.

His experience as a digital ambassador is full of wonderful memories. He recalls the first time he came face to face with the teachers. “I didn’t know how to handle them, some were older than me,” he says. After working together for some time, they now see each other as colleagues.

However, Kalifani’s road to success has not been an easy one, as he has had to work under some difficult conditions. He highlighted his biggest challenge as power shortages which would interrupt his planned training schedules. He is happy that the District Administration has harmonised it.

His area of work being a rural setting, sometimes his deliverables do not meet the teachers’ expectations. This slows him down because he has to retake them through the induction process.

Though he works in a challenging environment, he has hope that things will get better. He recommends partnerships as the best way forward and the district taking full responsibility of the hub.

He rates the programme as an essential for all teachers. It is a rich programme with enough resources to improve the teaching process of any teacher, anywhere. He adds, “The programme presents opportunities of travelling to other countries to meet and share experiences with teachers in different countries”.

About his trip to South Africa, he says, “It was a lifetime opportunity to interact with Microsoft and British Council experts. It was also a chance for me to meet Digital Ambassadors from other countries.”


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