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Africa Code Week - Uganda 2017

Africa Code Week - Uganda 2017 is flying at this stage on the second week with visits to the schools in Kampala and Entebbe. We had an official launch at Lohana Academy on Wednesday last with the Irish Ambassador designate as chief guest and representatives from the Ministry of Education & Sports as well as the Ministry of ICT. This year has seen an increase in the number of schools from last year. Tomorrow Friday, 13th October we will host schools at Makerere University for ACW day.

Next Sunday, 15th October we dispatch teams from Makerere University across Uganda to sites in Kasese, Kabarole, Hoima, Yumbe and Karamoja. I am heading to Karamoja where we will engage students on a week long programme in Moroto High School, Moroto Core PTC, St Daniel Comboni VTI, Nakapiripirit VTI, Kangole Girls School, St. Andrews SSS and Nadunget SS. I did a reconnaissance visit to Karamoja last month and found that Kangole Girls had a nice computer lab funded initially by Irish Aid was not functional due to the lack of solar batteries. The Galway Education Centre (GEC) kindly donated 2,800,000 /= to replace them and the school will support two days (1 for Kangole and 1 for St. Andrews) during the ACW in the sub-region.

We also started the process of trainer trainers in the region (6 so far) and are running a Train the Trainer on Monday 16th to increase that number. All in all we will train ~300 kids in Karamoja (well, give the a good lunch and a t-shirt and introduce them to coding). In the over all project this year we plan to exceed 1,500 students across the 10 towns and we have already trained 201 trainers to supplement those trained last year. A good number of these new trainers are staff from schools and VTIs across the regions.

Financially we continue to be supported by SAP, Irish Aid, Belgian Technical Co-operation (BTC) and the GEC.

Here is a short video from Bwaise Exel School, one of the most challenged in the Kampala slums to the North West of the city. The kids opening experience to computing was scratch on Ubuntu Linux and after 2 hours they were indeed coding. Calvin we call them folders Kakeeto, ACW Youth Ambassador is seen leading the session.

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