Cultural waves projects
Moving from traditional chalk teaching to technology, this project involved providing evidence of improved learning outcomes from teachers’ use of smartphones to play video lessons for their classes via flat-screen TVs or data-projectors. Students showed average gains of 10–20% over control groups for maths and science in Masaka district.
There has been much enthusiasm for M -kusoma across Mpigi District in Uganda but one story that stands out is that of Ms. Topi Zalwango, a 43-year-old biology teacher from Kankobe Vocation School .
By the end of the M-kusoma project, Ms.Topi i had digitized each of her lessons. She stopped using traditional chalkboards, and now uses, televisions, LCD projectors, desktops, and interactive boards in the classroom.
“Students used to be sleepy, playful in class, and I would have a hard time getting them to pay attention,” says Ms.Topi. “I can see so many uses for this new technology. Students are so much more engaged. This is the age of technology and we should embrace it.”
Each of the selected teachers at Kankobe Vocation School was coached on a variety of information and communications technology (ICT) tools. Ms. Topi was the most creative and receptive at adapting those tools in the classroom. Now her students participate actively in class, even though philosophy can be difficult subject to discuss.
The results are tangible: Ms.Topi’s students are performing better during exams and their grades are increasing. MS Topi has continued using ICT in increasingly creative ways. She has made her own YouTube channel, and recently started her own blog, just to give a few examples.
You can feel Ms. Topi’s enthusiasm the moment you walk into the classroom, and you can sense her patience and eagerness to follow-up on her students’ use of technology.
The program recently expanded to include 6 schools across Mpigi and Rakai Districts of Uganda.
The program addresses the need for digitally-enabled classrooms in the country – ones where students are excited about learning, and where the curriculum can be individualized based on student need.
Cultural Waves Uganda community centre
Cultural Waves Uganda community Center provides the following four services: ICT access, a library facility, an entrepreneurship facility, and mentorship opportunities. The ICT center at Kankobe is up and running and currently equipped with eight functional computers donated by well-wishers. The centre empowers pupils with an enabling environment where they can study and do their homework by providing a library stocked with relevant resources. The rural youth especially the young girls are very talented, but cannot not perform well in school due to the challenges they face at their respective homes. Most families live on fishing for survival and it’s the only activity they encourage their children to engage in not school.
Most of the students spend a better part of their school days at home due to lack of school fees. By providing a place where they can study, Cultural Waves Uganda will improve their performance. Our aim is not to open a mainstream educational center but provide them with a conducive place to do their private studies and offer appropriate learning materials for the same. The digital library project is also very actively running.
Other than the numerous challenges young people face and need mentorship on, the youths and children are greatly talented in extra-curricular activities which include artwork and acting, but they do not have access to people who can challenge, encourage, mentor and help them develop these talents. At the centre, we employ mostly a peer-to-peer mentorship process, share our networks in the creative ICT field and encourage each other to use their talents to have sustainable livelihoods. The center provides a place where youth in different fields can meet and discuss how to pool their resources in order to grow. The additional effect of this, they get encouraged to read or practice their talent by seeing their older siblings reading, doing homework, using computers or practicing their different art talents. A reading culture will therefore be introduced to them from an early age.
In addition to the four main services provided, The Cultural Waves Community Centre facilitates and teach practical entrepreneurial skills such as communication skills through use of blogs, podcasts, twitter Facebook, website designing and photography to unemployed women and youths of Masaka District to gain a sustainable livelihood and also be able to join the competitive job market.
Cultural Waves employs local rural young women to manage the telecentre and provides computer-training courses on CD-ROM. So far the rural young women have been using the telecentre primarily to communicate with other entrepreneurs, which are helping to raise awareness of common issues among the agricultural community. They are learning about best practices and how to record accounting information for their local businesses. cultural waves Uganda also seeks to provide the disabled young women and girls in rural Masaka with meaningful access to telecommunications facilities and through telecommunications facilities, to enable them to access public services, information, educational and employment opportunities. Through this, we have been able to empower women and youths who have created employment to more than 43 youths in different areas.
Ask the Community
With support from Kisekka sub county, Lwengo District Community Fund, we are implementing a two year health project dubbed ‘Ask the Community’
The project focus is on women who are primary healthcare providers yet they lack the adequate information and have limited access to health services. Using various communication mediums like Short Messages Services (SMS), telephone hotline, radio shows and Facebook, we are targeting 6200 women. The women are able to direct their health queries and concerns to fellow community members; who are trained health experts and receive immediate feedback.
The project goal is to ensure the delivery of the right information to the right person, to enhance health outcomes and improve health system efficiency in the long term.
Global Rights Disability Library
Cultural Waves Digital Library Program has promoted innovative collaboration and teaching through the strategic digitization of Library documents and the open access publication of new digital disability information resources
This Program has enabled the increase in responses to increasing demand for the reading culture which has been ignored at all, mainly especially the disabled denying them access to school ,and other educative information, hence keeping them out of the reading culture. It has managed to bring together disabled children in the community and being able to echo their views out and also interact with the available resources which have been denied to them.
Through this program young boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 11 years have been able to interact with different educational materials thus giving them hope and their dreams alive. The young children have also been able to share experiences about their lives through the use of the digital library. It has also enabled the creation of child educational groups that will assist in the education/information sharing through sharing of stories. Making Waves in Uganda!