Uganda: We will never again close educational institutions due to pandemics, says government

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The Minister of State for Higher Education, Dr. John Chrysostom Munyingo has said that the Ugandan government will never again close educational institutions due to a pandemic as has happened before.

Uganda has broken the record of closing its educational institutions for almost two years due to the Covid pandemic.

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Schools were fully reopened in January.

Speaking while in South Africa where he visited the Huawei exhibition hall for smart education solutions for Africa, Muyingo said the government had learned lessons and would not repeat. never the same error.

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“The coronavirus pandemic has presented the education sector with profound challenges, especially in developing countries. No one foresaw the arrival of this pandemic and the crippling effect it would have on our economies. Uganda, 15 million learners were out of school for two years, and our education sector, like most countries in the world, was forced to rethink education delivery,” Muyingo said.

“It was a great lesson learned that the country is now aggressively addressing through a digital agenda strategy. With the vast experience that Huawei has developed over the years, I am confident that this partnership can help us find more innovative solutions to these challenges that we face.With the educational solutions available, we will never again close our educational institutions because of Covid-19 or any other pandemic.

Minister Muyingo, who represented the Ugandan government, commended Huawei for supporting digitalization efforts in the country, especially in the education sector.

“I thank Huawei Technologies for supporting digitization efforts in the country in general, and specifically for supporting ICT initiatives focused on the education sector.”

He noted that the Ugandan government is committed to scaling up and integrating ICT in the delivery of education to not only facilitate improved delivery and make lifelong learning more interesting, but also to prepare for any eventuality in the future.

According to Muyingo, the Ministry of Education is working with the National Council for Higher Education and higher education institutions to accredit technology initiatives for distance learning and smart education solutions.

“We asked our National Council for Higher Education to work with our universities and accredit them to operate through open and distance online learning. Not all of them were able to operate during the lockdown, but many have started to build their capacity to deliver online learning and to date have embraced and implemented a multi-pronged approach to teaching and learning.I see an opportunity here to build capabilities, and I’m asking all of us here to come together, share ideas, and make the most of this innovation and this experience to improve our chances of success for using digital solutions now, and for any disruption future of learning in our respective countries,” said Muyingo.

Meanwhile, at the same ceremony, Huawei launched its LEAP skills development program.

Announced at the ICT competition awards ceremony, LEAP aims to help advance the ICT skills of more than 100,000 people in the Sub-Saharan Africa region within three years.

The LEAP program, which stands for Leadership, Employability, Advancement and Possibilities, aims to foster stronger digital leadership and a skilled ICT workforce, build a digital talent pool and promote digital literacy among citizens. .

It includes a wide range of activities from ICT training and certification courses, to government digital capacity building and ICT skills competitions.

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