INTERNET-BASED SUPPORT SERVICES FOR UNIVERSAL EDUCATION (ISSUE)

Published on June 23, 2014 um 08:44

Summary of your idea

In Internet-based Support Services for Universal Education (ISSUE-EDUCATION), we propose a computer-based instruction system to provide an interactive e-teacher in municipal areas to mitigate classroom congestion and improve learning outcomes. Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) estimates that 30% of the children who complete primary school through the Universal Education Scheme will not have achieved the expected arithmetic, literary or deductive skills for their level (UNEB, 2008; 2009; 2010). This problem is caused by over-congestion in classrooms where as many as 100 pupils are taught by one teacher, giving the teacher no chance to engage in a one-on-one interaction with a pupil (MALIBS Baseline Survey, 2011). There are about 350,000 Universal Primary Education and 150,000 Universal Secondary Education school children in the 22 Municipalities of Uganda. In ISSUE-EDUCATION, 30 to 50 Pentium IV desktop computers are connected on an intranet with a web server to enable learners study more effectively. The main hub of the intranet is in one location of the municipality, called the Municipal Community Library, connected over secure Internet to a few workstations in participating schools. Lessons are in form of web pages with content based on the Ugandan formal school curriculum. Young learners are taught to use the computer and access lessons and each urban family with a participating learner is encouraged to own a computer. Computer games designed to be unlocked through achievement milestones motivate the young learners to attend lessons. School teachers monitor progress of their pupils and provide feedback through Internet connections at their respective schools. Every participant pays a nominal administrative fee of US$ 4.00 (roughly UGX 10,000) a term. The entrepreneurial dividends are enormous and the benefits for the education system and the national economy are limitless.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

ISSUE-Education targets school children and youths aged between 9 and 20 years. These children and youths are the ones most at risk of failing to read or write due to either an inadequate or inappropriate learning environment. However, school teachers, education administrators and adult learners at various levels of education will also benefit from ISSUE-EDUCATION because of its Library and Internet facility. Curricular content will be developed in consultation with municipal/national education administrators. Teachers and headteachers will be involved in the formulation and execution of the monitoring and evaluation plan, and pupils will provide feedback. ISSUE-EDUCATION will be based on a network of partnerships with school headteachers, directors of studies and class teachers of participating learners. The class teachers will coordinate pupil/student activities between the school and ISSUE-EDUCATION. They will also discuss the curriculum and set milestones. Directors of studies will independently monitor and evaluate project impact according to these criteria: (i) Learner enthusiasm for the e-teacher, measured by total number of hours per month each learner devotes to project activity; (ii) effectiveness of e-teaching/learning as a complementary vehicle for universal education, measured by progress in test scores of the learner in traditional school examinations; (iii) advantages of the e-teacher, measured by comparative statistical analysis of progress between learners participating and those not participating in the project. Headteachers will authorize school participation.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Every participant will pay a nominal administrative fee of US$ 4.00 (roughly UGX 10,000) a term. In the Municipal Areas alone, achieving a 30% success rate by reaching 150,000 learners translates into US$ 600,000 (roughly UGX 1,500,000,000) every school term. This income should enable ISSUE-EDUCATION to maintain and expand its infrastructure, while constantly improving services. In order to popularize ISSUE-EDUCATION, we shall go to schools directly to talk to headteachers and their staff, explaining the benefits that computer-based instruction might bring for the learners. We shall continue to use this marketing method in the near future. However, in order to raise ISSUE-EDUCATION profile in the community and nationally, we shall publish brochures and fliers for hand-to-hand distribution. We shall reach policy makers at the local government the same way, that is, face-to-face. I turned 18 on November 4, 2013. I had just started writing my final Uganda Advanced-Level Certificate of Education exams. From December 2, 2013, to January 28, 2014 I held the second session of my flagship activity under ISSUE-EDUCATION the ICT Boot Camp. Like I had done a year before, I attracted a motley collection of 9-20 year olds ranging from primary 4 to year one university undergraduates on the same program. ICT Boot Camp is quickly becoming a key holiday activity in Mbarara Municipality in Uganda. The 2014-2015 sessions will be held simultaneously in four municipalities of Fort Portal (Western), Mbale (Eastern), Kabale (South western) and Gulu (Northern), and in the city of Kampala.

Your profile

I was born on November 4, 1995 at Mbarara University Teaching Hospital, to Charles and Miriam Malingu. At 3 years of age I was put in Kabateraine Kindergarten until I was 7 years old, and in primary 2. I was then taken to Namilyango Junior Boys School, a premier school for boys in Central Uganda until I was 10 years old. During my December holidays in 2006, I found a group of primary 6 pupils desperately studying in preparation for their primary leaving examinations (PLE) the coming year. Their grades had been so poor that they were in a panic. I joined the group and was soon helping out with Mathematics and English Language. At the beginning of 2007, I explained to my parents why I was not going to study primary 6. I was ready for PLE. I passed with aggregate 8 (distinctions only). Since then I have never quit teaching other children during December holidays. In 2011, I sat my Uganda Certificate of Education Exams and also conceptualized a number of Education and Health projects, one of which is ISSUE-EDUCATION.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

education, health, poverty reduction, youth

Holding the banner, taking a photograph with one of the ISSUE-EDUCATION participants at the ICT FUTURES Boot Camp 2012, left.

Going through a routine computer hardware maintenance session with a trial group of ISSUE-EDUCATION participants.

Pinnacle event: Awarding of certificates to the best achievers of the ISSUE-EDUCATION 2012 program, 2nd right. Invited leadership facilitator (in scouts regalia) and ICT facilitator, far right.

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July 7, 2014 12:35

fantastic!

June 28, 2014 19:30

Jr this idea is really good and, being already at start-up, requires support. The test is, how good a campaign can you run to have the world behind you? Be assured of our total support and maximize your value, regardless!