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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

RWENZORI REGION PARTNERS REVIEW TRAC FM REVIEW IMPLEMENTATATION

 At a Bright Wednesday  Morning  of  27th  August  2014, RIC-NET and Partner organisations of   Tooro Development Network, RIDE-Africa, HITS FM, Guide radio & Life FM met at RIC-NET  Board Room  to   review the progress  of   Trac Fm. Trac FM  technologies uses Radio and Mobile Telephone where the citizens respond to  the opion questions on FM  radio stations  regarding service delivery in their areas .
The  partners  realised that response to TRAC Fm opinions have come from far Districts as Hoima  and Ibanda.
During the meeting, partners agreed  to focus on Agriculture for the Next Month of september in relation to the markets of Agriculture products, Taxation, value addition, financing for the Agriculture sector, extension services. the members also agreed to regularly  Host District leaders on Radio programs  to address the issues raised by the citizens.

The  TRAC FM weekly opinion polls are run on Hits FM,  Life Fm in Fortportal Town, Guide Radio in kasese District ,  respondents type the Answer and send to 8585 .

 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RIC-NET CARRIES OUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING FOR CONFLICT AFFECTED SCHOOL DROP OUT GIRLS.

As part of the global fund for children project that aims at skilling School dropout Girls, Conflict affected School girls or who need to be in School, and unlock potentials of poor youth, RIC-NET carried out two day entrepreneurship training for the conflict affected school dropout girls that took place on the 13th and 14th august 2014 at RIC-NET offices in Butangwa Karambi sub-county Kabarole District.
 
The training aimed at helping participants identify entrepreneurial potentials within their immediate communities and either as an individual or group prepares a plan to meet a gap or opportunity within their current means with a view of meeting full potential through hard work and income generated.
The training was opened by RIC-NET Executive Director –Mr. Murugahara John Silco, who introduced the facilitator and advised participants to learn skills of their lives and not things that they will forget after some time and declared the training open at 10:00 am.

The training was facilitated by Mrs. Winnie Lawoko Olwe, asocial entrepreneur. A total of 22 participants attended the training and of these 17 were the conflicted affected school dropout girls and the 5 were RIC-NET staff.
The conflict affected school dropout girls were :Kiiza Elizabeth, Kabugho Jacklyne, Biira Dorothy,Mbambu Erinora,Kabenda Kezia all from Ntoroko District,Bazumera Zurufa,Nyakahoza Goreth from Kamwenge District, Masika Deniise, Biira Racheal, Muhindo Maombi, Mbambu Rita, Muhindo Specioza all from Bwera in Kasese, Muhindo Robina, Kabugho Everlyne,Nyakato Hafusa, Uwizeye Naume and Kabugho Sanet from Kasese District.



Monday, August 11, 2014

RIC-NET Awarded a QUAM Standard Certificate

RIC-NET was among the 20 local  and International NGOs in Uganda  awarded by the QUAM Standard Certificate based  on the rigorous evaluation done by the National NGO QUAM Council.
Quality Assurance Mechanism (QUAM) is an initiative of NGOs in Uganda to self regulate themselves and ensure quality of service to the citizens.
The award ceremony  held on 7th August 2014 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, was preceded by  the  4th National QUAM Assembly under the theme "Building an Accountable Civil Society"
So far, about 80 NGOs in uganda have been awarded the QUAM certificate since 2010.
 This NGO self assessment mechanism  requires an organization  to freely apply for assessment to ascertain their adherence to quality. The National QUAM Council carries a phisial assessement of the organisation and interviews members of the community about the impact of this organisation to asertain proof for the award of the QUAM certificate.
So, This award proves that RIC-NET is now an organization that is recognized as fully credible, legitimate among other CSOs, has shown to be accountable to the community and members  with clear impact at the grassroots.


Amb. Gabriel Kangwagye ,Chair person NGO board hands to Certificate to John Silco of RIC-NET.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

RIC-NET JOINS KYEGEGWA TO CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER EDUCATION

In an effort to improve the education standards in kyegegwa District, the kyegegwa Town council officials have organised a one day education conference to discuss the challenges in education of the District and draw strategies for improved education performance in schools.
The Education conference will take place on 30th July 2014 at the community Hall with several participants from the community, political representation,Educationists, civil servants a nd CSOs.

 

RIC-NET as a partner in Education amplified the preparations For the D-day with a one Hour talk show at Life Fm on 24th july  hosted by the Programme manager RIC-NET  Ms.Kyomuhendo Joselyne, the Mayor kyenjojo town Council and the Assistant Town Clerk Mr.Mwesige Hussein.As part of  her wider education programs RIC-NET has supported  schools and teachers with ICt enabled learning to break the monotony of talk and chalk, mentoring of girls in secondary schools through partnership with CEDA International,school dropouts and young  Girls in conflict affected areas  supported with  counsellingVocational skills, ICT training where some have  already got employed in secretarial Bearues and others owning their Business. RIC-NET would like to continue with amplfying the citizens voice in areas of Education in the whole region, as it was realised in the radio talk show the community needs continued sensitisation about packing lunch for the children , provision of scholastic materials and the Education conference which brings together different stakeholders to discuss regularly on  the wayforward  in Education . kyegegwa Town will hold its first education conference on 30th wednesday 2014 and among the guest speakers is the Education consultant Mr fagil Mandy .

The Assistant Town clerk and the mayor kyegegwa Town council at Life Fm on 24July 2014


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RIC-NET RECRUITS CONFILICTED AFFECTED GIRLS FOR SKILLS TRAINING.

Rwenzori information centers Network (RIC-NET)   received a one year grant running from June 2014-June2015 from Global Fund for Children to support conflict affected teenagers and skill the young girls or mothers who have dropped out of school.
The project is implemented by RIC-NET and it focuses on offering a range of capacity development services or tailor-made training for youth with age “15-30”, skills development and entrepreneurship for dropouts and practical skills to training for graduates of institutions. 
The project targets skilling School dropout Girls, Conflict affected School girls or who need to be in School, and unlock potentials of poor youth.
 RIC-NET conducted interviews on 16th July 2014 at BRIC and Kasese e-society centres in Kasese District; and on 22nd  July at Kamwenge e-society.
Mbambu Adolphine, Nyakato Hafusa Karungi Peninnah, and Kabugho Misulesi 
The interviews were meant to select girls who would benefit from the project. As selection criteria of the project beneficiaries is: The girl must in serious vulnerability status and mostly having been in some way or another affected by conflict or war. A young lady  between 15-30 years. Has a true & touching story from the experiences of the conflict or other form of severe vulnerability.Has a dream for the future and able to work towards that dream.
 Uwizeye Naume,Kabugho Sanet, Namuganga Aidah, Katusabe Janet, Mbambu Barbra and Muhindo Zawadi

A case in point is,

“Uwizeye Naume , Aged 20 years, she is an orphan who lost both parents during the ADF war, now staying with her step mother who is a peasant in Kihaara, Kasese district.  She  stayed in Kyangwali refugee camp and completed senior four in 2013 from Kyangwali SS Hoima  but could not continue with school due to lack of school fees. she is interested in gaining computer skills to start a secretarial bureau for herself.”
 

Nanyanja Siemah Sandra, Bazumera Zurufa, Natukunda Magret, Namono Judith ,Mbabazi Gorret , Jibwa Faridah Namulondo Mayi ,Nyakahoza Goreth ,Abwooli,Tuhaise Ireen from Kamwenge.








Thursday, July 17, 2014

FOCUS- THE SECRET TO SUCCESS THROUGH LIFE



When Bill Gates first met Warren Buffett, their host at dinner, Gates’ mother, asked everyone around the table to identify what they believed was the single most important factor in their success through life. Gates and Buffett gave the same one-word answer: “Focus.”  
This can be expressed in two folds:
Deliberate strategy, where leaders develop a clear vision and map this unto a long, medium and short term goals.
Emergent strategy, where people respond to unanticipated problems and opportunities.

Here are three ways to combine both types of focus to ensure us getting the vital few things done.
1.Ask the right questions. Ask big questions about the fundamentals of your business.
2. In order to have focus we need to escape to focus. it is important to make space to escape in your busy life to study, reflect and think about the bigger picture.
3. Know how valuable your time is. “No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy more time. There are only 24 hours in everyone’s day...” 

Focusing on what is essential is a powerful ability, perhaps the most powerful in a world where we are so bombarded with distracting ideas, information and opinions.