Uganda is a special place although to look at it geographically it is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo but that is the only the start of the tale.
It lies almost entirely within the nile basin and contains a large amount of lake Victoria the second largest freshwater lake in the world. As a former British Colony (independent since 1962) – English is the first language.
Uganda adopted universal primary school education in 1997 which saw net enrollment rise from 2.3 million to 7.5 million in just over two years and created obvious knock on issues with teacher capacity, school and classroom infrastructure.
Skoolbo has been delighted to partner with Soft Power Education who have been working in Uganda since 1999 particularly to help the Ugandan government achieve its millennium goals with regard to Primary School education.
Soft Power Education have refurbished 50 schools in the Jinja area so helping to deal with that expanding school roll with only 30 more to go! They have also been working in the Murchison Falls Conservation area since 2007.
Colin Brown – Director of Partnerships for Skoolbo visited Soft Power with Jeff Halley and 12 tablets (Samsung / Nexus) to start an exciting and ground breaking pilot in East Africa. The tablets will be used in a range of educating setting including pre-schools directly run by Softpower and the Nakanyonyi Primary School.
Orientating the teachers with the tablets was almost as much fun as introducing the children to them. The opportunities of using touch screen technology combined with Skoolbo’s education game was quite an eye opener but once we had got over the initial impact the game started to draw the children in and you could start to see the real impact in learning.