The equipment which consists of laptops, data storage sticks, projectors and smart boards was given to 10 institutions. These include; Ntinda Vocational Institute, Nakawa Vocational Institute, Rucid Organic College, Lwetanga Farm Institute, Sesse Farm Institute, Busitema Univerity and Kaberamaido Technical Institute. Other institutions include: National Instructors College Abilonino, Bobbi Polytechnic and Bukalasa Agriculture College.
According to the UN agencies, prolonged closure of schools stops learning from taking place, which will leave children vulnerable. They say the government should prioritise the re-opening of schools as lockdowns are lifted, and develop frameworks to ensure safe environments.
They are creating public service announcements, songs and music videos as part of an online campaign called #DontGoViral which has already reached more than 90 million people in the past week alone. The most recently uploaded content includes a remix of Bobi Wine’s Coronavirus Alert performed by the Ugandan activist and vocalist, Nubian Li.
Some of the measure that governments are being asked to consider include; scrapping promotional examinations, moving classrooms to open places such as under trees and putting in place social distancing measures that could see learners study in shifts. Once in schools, the use of masks by teachers, leaners and staff should be considered to reduce exposure or spread of diseases causing aerosols.
In Uganda, where more than 15 million learners were affected by the lockdown, nearly 90 per cent do not have household computers while 82 per cent are unable to get online. Similar figures cut across the entire sub-Saharan Africa region, according to figures compiled by the Teacher Task Force, an international alliance coordinated by UNESCO, using data from the UN agency’s Institute for Statistics and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Richard Ocen Kwang, the Chairperson of Standing Committee on Health disclosed that several schools lack emergency first aid kits which significantly provide life skills that helps reduce fatalities and enables the faster treatment of injuries to potentially save lives.