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9 Jul 2014

Traditional vs Social Media : Lesson learned

Every day we talk about how relevant being online is. How traditional media is facing a huge dilemma and how Twitter is so far breaking news faster than any one could imagine. And so as a advocate of Social Media I have strong feelings for news online. And I also have a soft spot for the traditional media; after all ‘it gave birth to my instincts to join journalism.’

As I struggle to defend my position, I realize that the transition and the future is reliant on so many things. However what we need to never stop doing getting  “the basics” right as news tellers.

This is why I am saying what I am saying.

I have just come back from the brilliant Deutsche-Welle Global Media Forum for this year and most of the topics discussed revolved on the use of social media and the internet to help the media in telling the stories that need to be told. Pertinent questions were asked:
17 Jun 2014

Day of the African Child- striving to make a difference

Yesterday was the day of the African Child. The theme of the day was 'a child-friendly, quality, free, and compulsory education for all children in Africa. To help us reflect, a group of young people got together and we went to visit a school out of Kampala. The school or education center is called Cornerstone Education center. It is few kilometers off Mityana road; about 30 minutes’ drive from the capital Kampala. [if there is no traffic] the visit left so much emotion on our hearts and reminded us a lot of where we came from.

The Primary 4 pupils in their class
Peace Adia started out as a Sunday school teacher. She loved working with children. Her passion drove her to become a teacher and then to a head teacher of primary schools. She was not comfortable working for others she always had a wish in her heart to start a school of her own. Last year that dream came true. She started the year with 50 pupils. This year she has 97 of them and 7 teachers. There is one classroom block that is permanent and the other is a make-shift structure.  It has papyrus reeds on the sides to act as walls and is roofed with iron sheets. It is visible that this little community thrives on passion and nothing more. 
29 May 2014

Why eLearning in schools of higher education is not thriving

There is an eLearning conference happening in Kampala at the moment. It has brought together most of Africa’s ICT enthusiasts and I must say it is a great gathering. Lots of conversation going on. The conversation is on twitter via #ela14

After having spent 3 days with eLearning experts in Kampala from the COMESA region last week, I am afraid but I will have to be the prophet of doom. ELearning may not be the way we should be looking right about now unless we are ready to make great changes as a continent. These experts were lecturers from universities who either have distance learning or eLearning on their campuses. ELearning these days takes the form of online study/courses, Massive Online Open Courses [MOOCS], and distance learning.The universities represented were: Jomo Kenyatta School of Agriculture and Technology [JKUAT]Kenya, Egerton University Kenya, Makerere University, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, Haramaya University Ethiopia, Stellenbosch University South Africa and Mekelle University Ethiopia. Also present at this conversation were consultants in the education and ICT sector from Africa.
28 Apr 2014

Gaps & Challenges with teenage pregnancy in Uganda

"We have very many laws but they are mainly for and about the children and then the adults. The other laws are for the adults and of recent we are having some ‘reactionary’ laws that are beginning to accommodate youth. This is because when the laws were first made, few of them were deliberate for young people or even teenagers." These were the words of Peace Acema Badaru, the National Program Associate in charge of Gender at UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund] Uganda
We need all inclusive laws for all including teenage mothers