Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) on Tuesday last week handed over a state-of-art solar-powered ICT computer laboratory to Bezza Al Hijji Secondary School. The lab comprises of 41 computers and is expected to boost the study of sciences in the school.
“Through this lab, students will no longer struggle to search for information because they will get it from the internet. This is an excellent step in the right direction,” Deputy Prime Minister; Gen. Moses Ali who also happens to be the Director of the school, said at the handover ceremony.
Gen. Ali, said “technological skills are necessary for one to participate in the global economy.” Emphasizing that the use of ICT in education can improve the quality of teaching and learning.
According to a report by New Vision, Gen. Ali said the government realized the need for Uganda to embrace the fourth industrial digital revolution without forgetting the children in rural areas.
Gen. Ali explained that the use of technology is at the center of revolution, therefore creating room for new forms of delivery of educational content.
Notably, the lab cost UGX90M (roughly USD$) and was installed by UCC under the Rural Communication Development Fund (RCDF).
RCDF which gives an opportunity to children of less privileged to succeed in science subjects has implemented multi ICT projects for rural areas with the help of the government. RCDF has been in position to set up ICT training centers, Internet Cafes, GSM towers, among others.