This is a picture of the class being taught by Andrew, a computer science student at Ndejje University Kampala.
The course started in 2018 with the aim to teach the older children of Education Matters the professional and efficient use of computers. In Uganda, computer education has recently become compulsory in secondary schools. Unfortunately, most schools cannot afford to buy enough equipment for their students. Consequently, a lot is thaught in theory, but the students have no opportunity to put what they have learned into practice on the computer. Due to the lack of practice, most students still regard the use of computers as something that requires too much technical knowledge and do not continue to deal with the topic outside of class.
Therefore it is important to put in some extra effort to prepare the children to be successful future employees. Most employers require basic skills in the use of computers, since a digital way of working is now common in many areas. After all, this makes everyday work much easier, faster, cheaper and information can be stored and passed on without problems. In order to ensure exactly this preparation for the job market, we had the idea to start a computer course. The course started with 8 children who already attend secondary schools. It takes place every Saturday from morning to evening. On arrival, the children register at the office, then the lessons begin. This is divided into two blocks: First there is the theoretical part and after lunch the practical part of the course.
Thus far we have been able to teach the students how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. They will also be able to copy and paste files and sort them into different folders. Additionally they are thaught to use electronic communication, such as e-mail and Facebook, which are an important part of modern society. During the program the children support each other. As a rule, groups of 2 to 3 students are formed in class to discuss the new theoretical knowledge and then apply it together. Should questions arise during the lesson, they can usually be clarified within the group. This approach also promotes cooperation between the children.
Unfortunately, we still lack some computers at the moment, so that two children have to share one computer. This means that during the tests they always have to wait until someone else is finished. We hope to aquire more laptops in the future so that each child can use their own computer during lessons.
An additional challenge is the lack of time. One appointment a week is not enough to teach them everything we have planned. In order to counteract this, we want to offer extra hours during the holidays.
Last but not least, we would like to thank all our sponsors! This idea will make a lot possible for the children, which is why we would like to extend the program!