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.