MUST wins a One Million Twenty Five Thousand Swedish Kronor Grant to support Schools in Nakivale Refugee Camp

MUST wins a One Million Twenty Five Thousand Swedish Kronor Grant to support Schools in Nakivale Refugee Camp

Nakivale camp has over 40,000 children many of whom are victims of forced displacement, wars, conflicts, tortures, and human rights abuses. Quality education can help refugee children regain their hope for the future. However, there are many barriers prohibiting refuge children from accessing quality education, and enjoying their full rights to education. These include: use of teaching methods that are hardly interactive and less beneficial to students, lack of access to modern teaching and learning resources, and teachers’ lack of ICT pedagogy skills. Mathematics is currently the poorest done subject in the camp, yet it is a prerequisite for passing other subjects, and subsequent enrolment to better courses and careers. There are high levels of classroom absenteeism due to preventable sicknesses, and poor health conditions that affect effective learning, as well as high girls’ dropout rates due to teenage pregnancies.

To address some of these challenges, MUST has won a grant amounting to 1,025,000 (One million twenty five thousand Swedish Kronor) from The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) coordinated by the Department of Computer and System Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden. The purpose of the two year programmatic grant is to implement an open access multimedia-based elearning portal to support teaching and learning of mathematics and health science in the only 6 government-owned primary and secondary schools in Nakivale Refugee camp (Mat.H project). This will be supplemented with teachers’ capacity building in e-learning pedagogy skills.

The Mat.H project will be implemented by a team from the Informatics Research and Innovations Unit in the FCI. These are Dr. Angella Musiimenta (Project Manager), and Project Officers: Albert Muganzi, Robert Muganzi, Wilson Tumuhimbise, Aaron Mugaba, Atuhaire Justus, and Bangumya Elly.  The team is forever grateful to SPIDER, and to MUST top Management and the FCI administration for providing a conducive atmosphere that supports research and innovation.