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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

REGIONAL & DISTRICT NETWORKS CONVENE TO REFLECT ON THEIR JOURNEY BEYOND 2014

The Regional & District based Networks  from Uganda  convened at Esella country resort in kampala to a   two days convention organised by the Uganda National NGO Forum on  1st -2nd December 2014 to reflect on their  annual achievements work and beyond . among the participants was the Rwenzori information Centres Network (RIC-NET), Rwenzori Forum for  peace and Justice, 34 District Networks from the central, Western , eastern and  Northern regions  and representatives of Donors, NDI USAID, DGAP.
while opening the meeting, the Executive Director National NGO Forum,Mr Richard Sewakiryanga challenged the participants  to study History of CSOs uganda noting that the CSOs started in the country  very organisationed as cooperatives , trade unions, leisure as the uganda travelling threatre, football associations that were spread upcountry as the  kilembe mines, relligious  as the pentecostal , Youth Assembly, Girl guides and scouts.
He called the CSOs to reposition ourselves through respect inergrity documentation of the history, He  cautioned that its only in the CSOs where people work to develop others and yet less is done on their future, while calculating the Human Resource of 34 Districts Networks it was possible to influence 13 million people  with out much strive. CSOs should be  able to save for the future after retirement.
During the convention the participants shared areas where they had excelled as joint monitoring, budgeting,  AGMs, Advocacy,QUAM &  Networking.
The members shared their plans beyond 2014 to conduct Civic Education, monitoring  education performance .
Fundraising was key  at the this convention as the different Donors presented on funding modalities.
Jackson kaguri the founder of nyakaschool in kanungu shared that:
Donors give because they have been asked
Creating a relationship with the Donors is critical
Resource mobilisation is an act of every individual in the organisation
Always find out the passion of the giver before approaching   them  for support.
The convetion ended with a coktail.  





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

RIC-NET PARTICIPATES IN U-REPORT CONFRENCE AT NAMIREMBE GUEST HOUSE

The U- reporters and partners conference started on 12th /November/2014 as it was the arriving day for all participants at Namirembe Guest House where all participants enjoyed a decent and comfortable accommodation. 
On Thursday13th November was the real day for the conference which started with u-reporters sharing stories on how u-report has contributed to their community. 

Ms. Joy Kiiza  Morgan  from RIC-NET ( on front row) with some other u-reporters
 Opening remarks were made by U-report chief of communication Mr Jaya Murthy. We had a presentation from Mildmay on how peer educators have benefited from u-report

 U-reporters broke into 4 groups to discuss the 4 pillars of the convention of the rights of the children; participation, health, education and survival then presented the highlights of these discussions. 
Three invited guest members of parliament Hon Haji  Isabirye Idi Mp mayuge District in his remarks said “Information is power that you cannot decide without information” emphasized that U-report has helped the youth in the country to raise their voices about issues happening in their communities
Lastly u-reporters practiced the song titled “Imagine” by John Lennon with some of the artist that were invited like Navio,Mun G,peter miles,Jackie chandiru & Lilian Mbabazi
Ugandan Celebs celebrating with u-reporters
“The chorus of the song” 
‘Imagine all the people living   Life in peace………………. Yohooooooooooooooooo!
You may say iam a dreamer. But iam not the only one
I hope someday you will join us, And the world be as one”

In conclusion, on behalf of all U-reporters in Uganda I would like to thank UNICEF for the health information that is directly responsible for the well being of children in Uganda.
 Lastly for empowering the youth with a furor of developmental ideas!






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RIC-NET JOINS CSOS IN THE REGION TO REACH OUT TO THE FLOOD AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN NTOROKO DISTRICT



In an effort to contribute to the welfare of people of Ntoroko, a team of CSOs namely RIC-NET, RIDE-Africa, RWECO, KALI, and Good Hope Foundation for Rural Development set out on the 11th November 2014 to reach out to the communities that were severely affected by the floods early November. The team had a meeting first with the District Vice chairman and the ACAO at the kibuuku District headquarters where they were informed that the Disaster that hit the area was caused by climatic changes, lack of channels for the water to flow when river semliki is full to capacity, the team learnt that such a flood had last hit in 1930s and as a result the communities had relaxed.
CSOs in a meeting at Ntoroko DLG

In terms of the way forward the District has been reached by the OPM, minister of Disaster to assess the extent of the flood destruction and also to   design mitigation measures for the future.
Giving out clothes to Children who lost their clothes during the flaods
The Districts leaders also guided the CSOs that the severely hit communities were in Budiiba Parish (Villages of Budiiba 1, Budiiba II, Kinyamwobe and Kakatorogo) in Butungama Sub county. The team moved to Budiiba primary school and worked with the school administration and the Local council leaders to receive the donations to the community.
RIC-NET staff Joselyne on the Right, Jimmy Odyek, RWECO Coordinator in the middle with Eunice  RIDE -Africa

 Among the items donated were 10 boxes of soap, 10 Bags of Rice, a small water Tank, and clothes to the children of Budiiba primary school
The staff that participated in the Activity was kyomuhendo Joselyne, Program Manager RIC-NET, Shaban Mugume ICT officer Ntoroko DLG, Odyek Jimmy Coordinator RWECO, Sheila kenjingo, M& E officer RWECO, Sam from Good Hope Foundation and kabugho Jovia- KALI.
Distibuting Clothes to the Children
At Budiiba Primary school

Friday, November 7, 2014

33 million children out of school in Africa, 3 out of 10 Children aged 6-9 years have never attended school in Uganda

About 61 million children of primary school age were out of school in the world. 
More than half of them (33 million) were in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth (13 million) in Southern Asia.\
 [Graphic via Women Deliver]
adapted from 
  https://plus.google.com/+onedayswages/posts  http://www.onedayswages.org/ 
The Uganda context:

The population is very young with 51.6% below the age of 15 years and 56.1% below 18 years[1]

19% of children (2.3 million) are orphans[2] and 1.1million households have at least one orphan. This presents a high age dependency ratio. 

About three in ten girls and boys aged 6-9 years have never attended school despite Uganda’s push towards MDG number 2, “Universal Primary Education”;[3] 
About 80% of the cases of child abuse reported by media and annual crime report from the Uganda Police are of sexual assault by nature i.e. mostly defilement; 
1.76 million Children are engaged in child labour with majority being the orphans and school drop-out;
Early marriages, early unwanted pregnancies; unsafe abortions, STDs, HIV/AIDS and low contraceptive use are common with the youth; 
The rate of contracting AIDS is six times higher among Girls (15-19 years) than their male counterparts.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NTOROKO DISTRICT HIT HARD BY FLOODS AGAIN

NTOROKO DISTRICT HIT HARD BY FLOODS AGAIN

Ntoroko District suffers another flood disaster. Yesterday the people of Ntoroko mostly from the areas of Masaka, Buyenje, Makindye, Budiba and Kiranga- the Greater Rwebisengo Zone (Bweramule, Butungama and Rwebisengo Sub-counties). 

 
 
Roads are cut off, Schools are not accessible, heath facilities out of reach, houses, Pit latrines, farms and gardens all submerged and every body is stuck about what happens next.
The Primary Seven Candidates have a briefing on Friday, 31st October, 2014 and P.L.E on Monday, 3rd November, 2014 but the Schools cannot be accessed what next ? how can they be helped? The patients are helpless, and as if that is not enough there can be cholera out break any minute from now.


Roads are destroyed, impassable.




we call upon all the stakeholder to act immediately since this is an emergency that needs quick response from every corner. the CSO's community like the Red cross, Save the Children, World Vision, UNICEF, the District leadership, the OPM (Office of the Prime Minister) and many others, let us help our Brothers and sisters in Ntoroko. The photos below show it all. BY THE ICT OFFICER-NTOROKO





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

RIC-NET RECRUITS MORE CONFLICT AFFECTED GIRLS FOR SKILLS TRAINING.


As part of the global fund for children project that aims at skilling School dropout girls Conflict affected Girls in School or vulnerable needy conflict affected girls who need to be in School
and unlock the potentials of Poor Bright Girls through offering a range of capacity development services or tailor-made training for youth between   15-30; especially young women in and out of school, RIC-NET conducted interviews in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts on the 29th 0ct.2014.
The interviews brought up a number of 8 girls in Bundibugyo who included: Kabugho Gloria, Kahero Rosette, Kabugho Immaculate, Biira Immaculate, Nsungwa Kevin, Kabugho Oliver, Masika Evers, and Kahiimba Rominah


 The  team also conducted another interview in Kubuku, Ntoroko District. Up to 10 girls from Ntoroko district who included: Nyakato Maureen, Kabatuku Brenda, Kabugho Jackleen, Kabenda Kezia, Kabarwani Bridget, Kemigisa Rose, Kiiza Elizabeth, Kabugho Godiven, Birungi Mary and Kakyo Rosette bringing to a total of 18 girls in the two districts.

The interviews at Ntoroko
 The interviews aimed at selecting girls to benefit from the project and these girls were supposed to be vulnerable in way or affected by conflict or a bright girl who has dropped out of school due to conflict and other vulnerability.
Among those in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko, three girls got pregnant during the time their lived and internally displaced persons camps (IDP)  and  dropped out of school. one girls was also pregnant becuase os the recent inter tribal conflict and attack on military installation in Bundibugyo in May 2014 which left over 90 civilians dead and thousands displaced in schools and camps. http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-Police-disclose-three-mass-graves/-/1840340/2394100/-/wur4orz/-/index.html

This young girls has been disowned by the parents and discontinued in form 3 (senior secondary class 3). This girls now requires skill that will enable earn some income and mangage to care for the child after birth.
So, Global Fund for Children Support though RIc-NET will support these grils in different ways and their babies. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Staff knowledge building

RIC-NET staff joined the rest of the participants in  various courses that were conducted by MS-TCDC Arusha-Tanzania.
The one week course that ran from 13th-17th October 2014 attracted participants from different countries among which were Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Courses like Tax justice campaign, Social Accountability, Data Analysis (using SPSS) among others were offered and that is what the 3 RICNET staff enrolled for as these are in their line of work.

The trainings were completely practical giving the context of real world in relation to what is being done and the staff returned with the skills and knowledge to continuously support them in their day to day work.
It was such a great opportunity for the knowledge gained at this wonderful institution. Participants were later awarded certificates of participation and attendance.
RICNET staff receiving a certificate after the course.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Techies club iii in Lira.

The event that took place on 2nd and 3rd October 2014 at 291 suits hotel in Lira District saw most ICT officers of several C4C projects walk away with several skills.
The workshop whose theme was “Computer maintenance and troubleshooting” was very interactive and participatory.
Mr. Andrew giving his presentation
The workshop that attracted officers from UNHCO, Computers for schools, LACCODEF the hosts, Health Child, I-Network, Diocese of Jinja, Pope Johns’ hospital-Aber (UCMB), and RWECO was facilitated by Mr. Andrew the Lecturer Makerere Business school and also an ICT consultant with CFSU.
He took participants into several sessions including among others, ICT management, ICT equipment maintenance, how to train others, Developing an Organisational ICT policy, Procurement, depreciation and disposal of ICT assets, : ICT support contract management and several practical sessions.
Participants at a practical session.
Pamela Kiria from I-Network also led a discussion on ICT and gender and several issues were discussed including why there are few ladies compared to males in the ICT sector and the way forward to bring more on board.
The project end users from Agwata Primary school presented the benefits and challenges they’ve had with the project where LACCODEF supported them with ICT equipment. It was a nice experience and later on day two the team visited Agwata primary school in Dokolo District 35kms from Lira town.

The team resolved to have the next techies in Kampala which will be the forth.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WE CAN CHANGE THE REGION:


Teachers from the districts of Kasese under the Connect for Change (C4C) project run by RIC-NET had a field visit to schools in Kabarole. The visit took place on 19th September 2014 with field visit at St.Leo’s college Kyegobe then to Canon Apollo PTC to look at the operation of the college English lab and Kyebambe Girls schools. The main objective was “to learn what the teachers in Kabarole have done and share lessons and experiences”. The main goal is to contribute to improved performance of students through effective teaching-learning process in Secondary schools in Kasese.14 teachers 5 6 female and 8 males representing 3 schools and 1 PTC participated in the field learning trip.


Some of the benefits of integrating ICT into teaching and learning include the following; ICT caters for Different learning Styles of learners, ICT enables learners to play an active role in learning, ICT increases the attention span of learners; A lesson that incorporate ICT well has the ability of engaging learners and therefore tends to capture and hold the attention of the learners for a long time.ICT can provide real-life experiences; ICT can help link the subject taught to real-world situations or examples. For example watching news item on TV about flooding caused by climate change in one part of the world is a real-life, ICT encourages collaborative learning: learners can work in groups to achieve learning objectives. Instead of working alone on projects and activities, learners share ideas, learn team work skills and help each other to accomplish tasks, ICT improves presentation of work; use of word processors and presentation software enables neat presentation of work. This boosts self confidence among learners (and teachers).ICT offers flexibility of anywhere anytime learning.



The lessons learnt were; sharing skills and knowledge is more important. “Our success has largely depended on the support of the school administration” said Lillian of St.Leo’s college. The head teacher has supported us greatly. He appropriated us with the English room and supported us with training. “Adaptation to innovations depends on the person’s attitude to change” said Felix of St.Thereza. I therefore encourage other teachers to be positive to whatever changes and innovations in teaching that comes our way. “ICT innovation improves the teacher’s innovations in lesson preparation” said Edna of Kilembe SS. Preparing a lesson using ICT tools require that you spend good time preparing the lesson which improves the teacher’s creativity. Teachers are also learners all the time and learning is a lifelong process, we should impress this learning ability. “We are not paid in terms of money but the output to the community” Mr. Jobson. English labs are important for the improving the teaching learning ability and teachers promised to work with the administration to have these labs functional. “We are the ones to sustain the project and make it spread to other schools by showing high level of skills and being examples in our schools” Mr. Muhumuza of Kyebambe Girls. We should make proper use of the equipments.



From these lessons we can make difference and change the way English is taught in schools. In doing that the teachers pledged to form an association of teachers from 6 schools such that they can easily share the innovations and influence change of attitude towards the subject on the side of the learn and improve the literacy level.