Over the last few weeks, 100 teachers visited the Redearth Training Centre for a series of ICT workshops aimed at empowering educators through technology.
Held over a period of 5 weeks by Redearth Field Officer, Gilbert Sante, the workshops provided 100 teachers in Uganda with fundamental ICT skills.
Such training is crucial for the professional development of teachers in today’s technology-geared world. In many parts of Uganda, particularly in rural areas, there is very little access to teacher training opportunities. Providing teachers with ICT skills and knowledge will help support their teaching practices, and enhance the efficiency of their work.
Gilbert reports that the teachers who participated have learnt a lot through the training, many of them having had barely any experience with computers before the workshops.
Teachers can now utilise these new skills to make data entries in excel sheets, which will support lesson planning and student progress monitoring. They also have access to a wealth of online teaching resources, of which there is a sufficient shortage throughout Uganda.
Gilbert explains that the main focus in his training was to encourage teachers to work with minimal supervision. He continues, “I also gave the teachers an assignment where they had to download some notes from an internet cafe as opposed to giving them hard copies. This enabled them to get acquainted with using the internet beyond the Redearth Training Centre.”