From Monday 19, to Saturday 24, September 2016, BOSCO Uganda’s Field Coordination Department successfully conducted a 5 days’ training for 25 participants from the districts of Gulu, Oyam, Amuru, and Nwoya. The participants were drawn from 5 out of 32 ICT Centres that BOSCO Uganda operates across northern Uganda.
The overall purpose of the training was to educate the newly established ICT site management committees in basic computer skills, repair and maintenance. The training also aimed equiping participants with life skills, knowledge on human rights, gender mainstreaming and leadership.
The 5 days’ training program started on Monday September 19, with arrival of participants. On Tuesday September 20, the training started with an opening prayer, self-introduction (where each participant introduced themselves), and welcome/ official opening remarks BOSCO Uganda’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Thereafter, the workshop proceeded with an overview of the training, and an assessment of the participants’ computer skills to aid in grouping of participants. The participants were also given an opportunity to voice their expectations and fears. The main phase of the training then commenced.
ICT and Computer Applications: the areas covered included: an introduction to computers and computer applications; an introduction to electronic mail; solar PV systems and basic maintenance skills; BOSCO Uganda intranet; content development skills using the 5Ws; trouble shooting; introduction to MS. Excel with practical hands on demostrations; introduction to MS. Power Point with practical hands on training; introduction to the different on-line information gathering skills; introduction to MS. Publisher with practical hands on demonstrations; introduction to photo shooting and editing using MS. Picture Manager;
Human rights: focus was on the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) & the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and participants’ roles in ensuring their success.
Entrepreneurship: The participants were also given a brief training in Entrepreneurship Essentials.
Record Keeping: The participants were also trained in record keeping procedures they needed apply at the ICT sites.
Challenges: A few challenges were met in the course of the training: some participants were using computers for the first time and they were extremely slow; some participants who were selected to come for the training already had some basic computer skills and were therefore not very attentive; pairing the participants was difficult since only 32% of the participants had some basic computer skills; there were a limited number of computers for the training; one participant fell sick during the course of the training; and power outages disrupted the training.
Overall participants felt that the training had been useful in equiping them with skills on computer usage and maintenance, and also with knowledge on human rights, entrepreneurship, and record keeping.