The kind of challenges and opportunities that learners have to be prepared to deal with in their lifetime have now become more complex and taken on global dimensions. At the heart of it is information and communication technology (ICT) that leverages global and 21st century skills, knowledge and values. A learner’s mastery of ICT is a critical factor for all the above qualities to prevail in him or her.
This global condition is calling for a radically different breed of learners, especially young people with acute global awareness and sense of responsibility, more accommodative of different races and cultures, adept to the quick changing trends, master of effective communication and collaboration, a critical thinker and problem solver, one who is creative and innovates.
Uganda has a very young population nurtured by an education system that belongs more to the industrial revolution times than the 21st century. The schools’ teaching and learning process is very much driven by the need for kids to pass their tests and examinations than a lifelong zeal to learn. Classroom experiences are controlled as a privilege of the teacher around whom everything in the class evolves. The examination addresses cognitive low order thinking that leaves the learners unprepared for the rigors of the job market and the other fast-changing global demands. These are recipes for stagnation of a nation. What Uganda therefore needs is a robust education system that challenges itself to meet these 21st century demands using 21st century tools, methodologies and mentalities. The country requires an education driven by creativity and innovation to match the national and global challenges and opportunities.
The target group of the program is secondary school students who are passionate, willing to learn new things and venture an extra-mile with learning activities. At least thirty of such students from each of the twenty schools will be selected to spearhead their respective ICT clubs.