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Monday, May 18, 2015

Support for Conflict affected Girls in Rwenzori region avaialbe.



Public Notice

RIC-NET with support from GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN has been supporting some conflict affected girls since June 2014 with livelihood skills trainings, psychosocial support, mentoring, and scholastic materials.

The 2nd batch recruitment exercise starts in May-June 2015 for 40 girls out of school and 75 girls in schools located in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko Districts.

Some criteria to consider include:
ü  Must be a young girl aged 16-22 years
ü  Resident of the Rwenzori region particularly Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo Districts that have been severely affected by rebel attack and ADF war.
ü  Have been directly or indirectly affected by any rebel activities also the ADF war.
ü  An orphan with a real mother or father or both having been killed during the war and has no source of stable livelihood or support for education.
ü  She was abducted during war, lived with rebels in the bush and later escaped.
ü  She was either injured and disabled or raped during war and now has a baby needs support.
ü  She was left without guardian or parents and taken to a refuge or internal displaced peoples (IDP) camps.
ü  Has a dream of continuing with school / acquiring   vocational skills for self sustainable livelihood.
ü  Could be in school or out of school.

RIC-NET will verify the claims made by the young girls by getting recommendations from local LC 1 or religious leaders or head of schools. Visit homes where the girl currently lives and talk to close relatives or guardian and neighbors.
So, any young girl who fits in some on the above criteria should contact a local leader in your area or information centre near you or religious leaders or directly contact RIC-NET project officer.

Contact
Project officer
Ms. Evelyn Kenyana
Tel: 0382277994
Mobile: 0772 409630 or 0705674200

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A new exciting program for the Children

Having finalised Scratch in April a program sponsored by Level up Village, RICNET has started on yet another exciting program sponsored by the same organisation.
The program has been pioneered at St.Charles Voc. Sec School in Bwera-Kasese District. This comes shortly after a computer programming class called scratch that students of Fort Portal S.S enjoyed as they created/programmed their own games. Instead of playing already compiled computer games they programmed them and thus giving them an exciting moment to work with computers.


Student logging in to the minecraft world.
Mine craft is yet another exciting moment with the students of St. charles Voc. S.S as they learn how to be creative and constructive during their lessons. The program that allows students login to the minecraft interface the world helps them create several objects including houses, fences, animals of their choice and many more. There Plots of land withing the minecraft world where they are allowed to construct their houses and on the same plot of land their partners in the the other country like the U.S construct on the same plot of land and so they can exchange ideas through that.
The Mine craft world
It's an amazing program that students are enjoying and it's building their creativity and knowledge.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GFC Grantees meet to discus road Map

RIC-NET participated in meeting of GFC grassroots’ grantees partnership on the 14th and 15th April at JICA hotel in Ntinda.
The purpose of this meeting was to convene the GFC Grantees to meet Queenie Nyati of the Arise Consult to share her key findings of the OCA and also for the GFC grantees to meet and share amongst themselves the work they do so that they can forge partnerships and also to form an association for better coordination.
OCA Feedback: Queenie shared with participants her approach on OCA. She stated that OCA would be conducted in three phases:
(i) Field based assessment (draft report sharing),(ii) Triangulation (physical discussion of the report) and (iii) Prioritization (pick the most 2 priority areas and develop them together).

Queenie and the participants brainstormed on the legal requirements of NGO’s after brainstorming, she guided the participants on statutory requirements for NGO which all organizations would adhere to. These included:  Pay as you earn, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Local Service Tax (LST) and Registration.

The outcomes from the meeting was the formation of the GFC grantees coalition as the “coalition of organization on conflict affected children and youth in Uganda”.RIC-NET was chosen as the lead agency where as Bahati Kanyamanza of CIYOTA as Team leader, Yikiru Comfort  of RICE-WN- (Treasurer), Emmy Zoomlmai of FICH- (Secretary) and  Godfrey Conwat of HPH (committee member.


On the other hand, members were encouraged to have a diary of activities to help in capturing the quantitative and qualitative data, define well the outcome indicators, and have a comprehensive and harmonized system of documentation of work results.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RICNET HOLDS A REFRESHER TRAINING IN PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS



A total of 8 female teachers appeared for the training that took place at palace motel Fort Portal. The three day training took place on the 25th, 26th and 27th March 2015 and brought teachers from St Theresa girls Nsenyi Kasese, Semliki high school Bundibugyo, Rwamwanja secondary school Rwamwanja refugee settlement Kamwenge and Bujubuli vocational secondary Kyaka ii refugee camp
  Kyegegwa district.
 
RIC-NET staff Evelyn poses with the teachers and the facilitator after the training
The training aimed at equipping teachers with more skills of handling conflict affected girls and help girls address challenges that they face in their day to day life. Provide the teachers with more knowledge about psychosocial support and how they can use it to help young girls in their day today challenges and discuss about some of the girl child challenges and how they can be solved by female teachers.

some of the teachers during an ice break
The training involved a lot of creativity and practicability in addressing girl children challenges and with a lot of fun with many ice breaks. The training saw teachers go home with new knowledge of handling girl child issues and also able to mentor girls and make them successful and resourceful people in their lives.





Monday, March 16, 2015

We joined the rest for ICT4D learning and Business Development workshops

The four days work shop that took place at Pope Paul memorial hotel in Kampala attracted participants from the Education and health nodes of the ICT4D partners. RWECO/RICNET, Computers for schools, Jinja Diocese, UNHCO, UCMB, among others.
The first two days 3rd and 4th March were meant for ICT4D learning and the major issues tackled were reviewing social innovation process; What was working well, What we found difficult in moving forward with the projects and What surprised us a session that was led by Bernadette Anneke. 

We discussed all these issues as a group.
We also discussed the organizational capacities and capabilities looking at Strengths and weaknesses in relation to the 5 capabilities and ICT integration. We teamed up as organizations and discussed our strengths and weaknesses in relation to;
1.  Capability to Adapt and self renewal
2.  Capability to relate and to attract resources and support
3.  Capability to commit and engage
4.  Capability to carry out tasks
5.  Capability to balance diversity and to achieve coherence
We also discussed the gender implications of ICT4D; how it influences what we do and how we do it with some experiences that were given by some participants.
We also discussed the progress of each organization, action research presentations that were given by the respective organizations where RWECO had done one and shared results with the members.
The workshop was characterized by several discussions and presentations by the participants that made it more interactive and beneficial.
Day two was winded up by discussing the way forward and upcoming events which emerged to be the Techies club and CCLE.

The second workshop Business Development started on 5th to 6th March at the same venue with objectives being highlighted.
This training led us to business models two days work that were facilitated by Ken Kumbuga from Ghana and Kaija Patrick Ugandan. We discussed the business plan vs a business model and understanding the difference between the two. We also realized that you need both of them to be able to succeed in the endeavors for a business. The difference between the two was given to be;
That where as a business plan is many pages, business model is one page, operational in thought is a business plan while a business model is strategic in thought and many other differences.
Emphasis was on a business model canvas (BMC) and the 9 building blocks of a BMC i.e problem, solution, resources, cost structure, unique value, customer relationships, channels, customer segments (target customers) and revenue streams.
We went further and designed draft business models for our organizations using the canvas model. RWECO/RICNET designed one for set up of a youth, school dropouts training center in I.C.T skills, entrepreneur skills, tailoring among others.
We also analyzed and documented our BMs looking at where our revenues will come from, what value is delivered to which market, the costs involved in delivering the value.

We also discussed in day two the sustainability of our organizations by looking at what kind of revenue generation activities our organizations will be involved in a year from now using the SWOT analysis of the business models we had developed.

We also discussed a cash flow analysis in relation to the business models, developed a sample business plan and put it together with the cash flow.
It was a good learning period to us all.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I HAVE DISCOVERED THE MISSING LINK IN TEACHING OF ENGLISH.

Mr.Kule Eziron practically agreed to have realizing what was missing in his lesson planning and presentation of English language at Kilembe SS. This was during the training in use of ICT in lesson development and English methodology in teaching and learning of English at secondary schools level. The training was organized by Rwenzori Information Centers Network (RIC-NET) in conjunction with Connect for Change (C4C) and Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence (RWECO) on the implementation of project “innovative teaching and learning English using ICT tools” by retooling teachers and Tutors of English in innovative teaching and learning using ICT.
The four day training was held from 7th to 10th January 2015 with the objective as To improve the teachers of English’ ability in the use of ICT in lesson planning, development and presentation”. The participants were the English heads of department and Teachers and ICT teachers from St Charles SS, Kilembe SS, St Thereza Girls and Bwera PTC. The training content included among others, the use of local photos (pstory), videos (CINEDUC).

Mr. Kule observed the missing links were the use of locally captured photo, use sound and videos in driving his lesson and the new innovative methodology of using the “Umbrella” in teaching tenses. He mentioned that the three items will shift the lesson from teacher centers to learner centered. “I have also realized there are millions of teaching materials online (internet) which require the teacher to sort what suits his/her lesson” these innovations will improve my lesson presentation in comprehension, composition writing and literature in English.

Ms Lillian from St Leo’s college shared her experience of how the “Umbrella” had made it possible for her learners to grasp the tense which cover a great part in the English examination at the final stage of education. About 12 teachers,2 tutors and 2 resource persons participated in his training. Some actions were reached to rollout these innovations in schools which shall be handled through mentorship. 

RIC-NET AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION BY U-REPORT

U –report is a program by UNICEF that helps in making voices of youth heard. U-report is a free SMS- based system that allows young Ugandans to speak out on what's happening in communities across the country, and work together with other community leaders for positive change by sending SMS to 8500 at no cost.
RIC-NET among other partners was awarded the certificate for its continued efforts towards the project.

The certificates were awarded during the first u-report partners meeting in 2015 that took place at UNICEF offices on  Friday 13th of Feb. 2015.
The RIC-NET certificate was received by her staff Kenyana Evelyn on behalf of the organization.
To register as a u-reporter SMS “join” to 8500 for free.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WE ARE THE CHANGE AGENTS.


Teachers of English in Kasese agreed that “change begins with us”. This was during the reflection on the use of ICT in teaching and learning in secondary schools. The reflection was organized by Rwenzori Information Centers Network (RIC-NET) in conjunction with Connect for Change (C4C) and Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence (RWECO) on the implementation of project “innovative teaching and learning English using ICT tools” by retooling teachers and Tutors of English in innovative teaching and learning using ICT.

The meeting was held on the 30th January 2015 with the objective as “To identify areas of progress and develop strategies that can improve the teaching-learning of English” in the project schools. The participants were the English heads of department and Teachers from St Charles SS, Kilembe SS, St Thereza Girls and Bwera PTC as direct implementors of the innovations in the school. The reflection was also attended by 1 senior English teacher Ms Lillian Kababgambe who had used the innovation before and how she enjoys her work currently. 18 people 6 female and 12 males participated in the focus group meeting.

It was observed that there is great progress in using ICT in teaching-learning process especially it has simplified work, increased interaction among the teachers in the department and improved local innovation in lesson development and delivery. In St.Thereza for example “the new innovations have got an impact on composition writing among the learners, teachers have integrated ICT in their daily activity and the innovation have been taken up by other departments like French and Geography”. In Kilembe secondary, “teaching using ICT has specifically improved team work among the teachers which has had an impact in lesson delivery and improved results. It has improved creative learning among the learners in composition writing; thus it’s easy to test the four skills”. Above all students have impressed ICT to do research. It has enhanced the school management to procure software’s for management to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
However the constant transfers of teachers affect the continuity and reduce the chance to measure the impact since new teachers are introduced and adapt to the innovation every year. The teachers need more training in online sourcing for teaching materials and how they can integrate them in the teaching syllabus.

Ms Lillian shared her experience of how using ICT in teaching made her work simpler and she was able to measure the students’ progress easily. She said that ICT innovation makes lesson presentation simple; teacher is able to learn the abilities of the learners very easily, improves class interaction and control and tickles the learning’s minds to the reality. Thus a teacher has to be more practical in lesson development.

A number of action points were agreed upon to form the next step of actions to handle the challenges  realized.RIC-NET/RWECO and the heads of department on behalf of the schools agreed to take the challenges ahead with more hands on trainings and mentorship conducted to cater for school and individual challenges. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2014 KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE EVENT FOR GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN PARTNERS

Rwenzori  information centers  Network as one of the grantees for the Global fund for children was privileged to attend the five days  2014 Uganda knowledge exchange that was held 7th-11 December  at the Bomah Hotel in Gulu Town.
Objectives of the workshop
·       To Deepen grantee partner’s understanding of and exposure to different  approaches  to supporting Girls  affected by conflict
·       To share programmatic and organizational experiences , challenges and opportunities
·       To increase grantee partner’s knowledge  of GFC non-grant  support  and of how to access these services
·       To explore innovative ways that grantee partners can optimize the benefits of their partnership with Global fund for children
Hope and peace, a partner organization located in Gulu Town jointly coordinated the KE with     by the GFC staff, Emmanuel Otto and Pamela Pratt.
A total of Fourteen participants from the different regions of Uganda . RIC-Net program manager participated in this workshop and made presentations on websites and use of social media for organization development. various organisations expressed intrest to have RIC-NET develop their websites and train them in  use of social media.
Activities involved:
Gallery walk set up
Gallery walk presentations
Grass root mentorship techiniques
Understanding GFC’s partnership strategy and value added services
Strategic planning
Monitoring and Evaluation
Preparation of child protection policy
Sharing on Models of Girls empowerment programs 
Facilitating Grass root organizational development
Field visit to sacred high school at the commissioning of the mentees in areas of leadership, Enterprenuership and Music Dance and Drama
It was an opportunity  also to Visit Gulu Town, learn from Girls empowerement Model applied by  Hope and peace interact with the M& E, OD  consultants:ie Herbert kamusime and Quinee Annet   with whom an implementation plan was drawn and agreed for 2015. by the end of the knowledge the participants had formed a Network to share on issues of conflict affected Girls.