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    Huawei Exposes Ugandan Students To High End Technology

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    Ugandan ICT students currently undergoing training at Huawei’s Technologies Co. Ltd Headquarters in Shenzhen China, have appreciated the one-week hands on training that has exposed them to the latest technology trends and what the future of the ICT Industry will be.

    The students who include eight in their final year, one in second year and one in her first year were the successful ones picked from four public Universities in Uganda to benefit from the Huawei Seeds for the Future Programme 2018. This is after their proposals about using ICT to improve certain issues in the health, education, agriculture and transport sectors were the best among the 35 presented by University students.

    During their time at the Huawei headquarters, which is built on an area covering 2.2 km², the Ugandan students were exposed to the different networks like the 3G, 4G and also made to understand more about the cutting-edge technologies trends such as 5G, Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing. They had a hands-on practice in Huawei Technologies’ most advanced labs and were also taken on a guided tour of Huawei’s Exhibition hall of digital technology.

    The students described their training at Huawei as a great eye opener into the emerging and dominating technologies in the world today. They were particularly ardent about the cloud computing which enables data to be stored in the clouds so that one can easily access it from any place on a monitor without a computer.

    Kasumba Robert a final year student of Software Engineering from Makerere University said he liked the future potential of Huawei 5G network which will open doors to an all connected world. “With an all connected world, my proposal on helping farmers get information about the common crop and animal diseases as well as pests will easily come to life and many homes shall be able to share the much-needed information easily and cheaply or at no cost at all”, Kasumba said.

    Oola Gerald a finalist of Information Technology at Muni University said the training has shown him that implementing the technologies and embracing them is not as hard as he earlier thought. “I have learnt that in order to leverage on the emerging 4.5G and 5G technologies which will dominate the world in the not so far future, I should incorporate remote sensors such as thermometers and blood pressure sensors in my health care proposal in order to have the data processed quickly”.

    The students were also passionate about the Internet of Things (IoT) which is the connection between objects, humans and other things using sensors. Karasira Cosmas a year four Computer Engineering student at Busitema University said the Seeds for the Future training has opened up his world to the evolving technology. ”IoT technology can surely be used in the project of installing closed-circuit television camera in our city and towns to curb the rampant crime, safe driving, improved health care and smart homes to mention but a few”, he said.

    Mangeni Ajambo Cleopatra a Makerere University finalist of Computer Science said she enjoyed the networking lessons and was looking at the challenge ahead to improve her skills. She also noted that with a 5G network capable of transmitting data at up to 20 gigabits per second (Gbps), IoT and Cloud computing, the health of a patient with chronic disease can be closely monitored in real time because there will be immediate communication between the wearable gadgets and smartphone.

    “With this training I can now say that I am ready to make my contribution to the digital community. I am going to teach my colleagues about the 5G technology and how to build a 4G base station” said Kirembwe Andrew an Information Technology student finalist from Muni University.

    As for Annet Mary Nakate a third year Information Systems student from Muni University, she has learnt the basics of networking especially when it comes to modern technology and was also exposed to smart farming.

    Mugisha Samuel a second-year student from Muni University said what he found most interesting was the Phone tracking and Quick Response (QR) technology that can help improve the standards in Uganda. He added that the infrared technology he was exposed to can contribute much to his automated solar powered incubator proposal.

    Obbo Peter said when he returns to Uganda he will enlighten his friends about the 5G network and encourage them to embrace it since only a few know about the 4G and cannot even tell the difference.

    Nanyonga Berinda a Software Engineering finalist from Makerere University described the training as very educational and a mind questioning experience. “Every second I spent in this training is so memorable to me and I would wish to pass on the skills I have learnt from the Chinese people to my colleagues,” she said.

    The youngest on the team Abigaba Hilda a First-Year student from Lira University said the training hadn’t been so compatible with what she was learning, but she was however happy to get exposed to the future potential of the 5G network.

    According to Huawei’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Holy Ranaivozanany, the Seeds for the Future programme was initiated by Huawei Technologies to nurture the talent for tomorrow that will contribute to building the Information and Communication Technology Industry. “We create a pool of talent that will probably be working for Huawei in the future, or with our competitors and customers but really contributing to the industry. It is important that we give the students a hands-on experience and chance to try and build the networks themselves”, she said.

    She added that 108 countries are so far benefitting from the seeds for the Future programme and a total of 3,660 people have benefitted from the 2 weeks study tour to China since it was initiated in 2008. She also pointed out that many of those who come to Huawei headquarters for the training are inspired by Huawei’s story to believe in what they would like to do in the future and how technology can make a difference in their respective countries. “We hope that in the future these students can apply these technologies in their countries”, she said.

    Huawei’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility said the programme will continue for the next coming years and she hoped it will continue giving the young talents an open mind and enable them to make a difference by being innovative and bringing in new technologies so as to effectively contribute to the development of the ICT Industry.

    The Huawei Seeds for the future programme has been running in Uganda since 2016 and a total of 30 students have benefitted.  In China the Ugandan group was twinned with ten students from Myanmar.

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    We Don’t Need To Be Threatened – President Museveni Warns Teachers Union Leaders…

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    President Tibuhaburwa Museveni

    President Museveni has assured teachers and key players in the education sector to stop using threats while pressurizing him into reopening learning institutions.

    During celebrations of the National Teacher’s day at Kololo, Museveni said they don’t have to be threatened.

    “”This lockdown time was for survival and am proud that we shielded our people from dying. We don’t need to be threatened. Why do you threaten me?” he asked.

    Museveni was responding to issues raised by Filbert Baguma the Secretary General Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) regarding the economic troubles faced by teachers who were put out of work as well as the increase in teenage pregnancies among the female learners who are stuck at home.

    “In Brazil they reached 600,000 deaths who died of corona. Here we have only seen 3000 deaths in one year and seven months. You think that is not important?” he asked.

    Having maintained total closure of learning institutions since March last year, Museveni says safeguarding the lives of learners supersedes any other concerns raised by stakeholders.

    “No amount of lost time is greater than lost lives,” he noted giving himself as an example of how he fought in the bush war to stabilize the country first.

    “The problem is some of you have not seen problems. I had to interrupt my life for 8 years in Tanzania fighting Idi Amin. Then 5 years in the bush that’s a total of 13 years. Is anybody better off than myself, the one who lost 13 years,” he emphasized.

    “The thing was to survive. Even if I lost time, if there is such a big danger it’s better than dying,” he added.

    Museveni emphasized that when they went to fight, some of the children left school and joined them in the bush and when they came back after many years of fighting, they started a Kadogo school in Mbarara and called them to resume their abandoned studies of which many of them are now doctors and what not.

    “You cannot compare death with losing time, jobs, money. That is reversible. I can lose today but tomorrow I will regain what I lost. But death is irreversible,” he said.

    First Lady and Minister of Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni revealed that so far 60% of the teachers have been fully vaccinated.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Higher Education Students’ Financing Board Awards 11,187 Students With Education Loans…

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    HESFB Executive Director Michael Wanyama

    The Higher Education Student’s financing board led by Executive Director Michael Wanyama has awarded loans to a total of 11,187 beneficiaries, 9,632 undergraduate degrees and 1,555 undergraduate diplomas.

    The board with funding from Government of Uganda set aside UGX6Billion to support 1500 new cohort of student loan beneficiaries and at least 100 continuing students in Academic year 2021-2022.

    “Beneficiaries to study 130 degree programmes and 76 undergraduate diploma courses mainly in Science Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) programmes,” he said.

    “These are programmes which have been identified in the subsequent National Development Plans as essential for Nation Development and critical in filling the current human resources gaps in the country,” he added.

    Wanyama noted that persons with disabilities can access loans to pursue any accredited Programme of their choice including Business and Humanities Programmes under affirmative action.

    “These courses are currently tenable at 22 Chartered Universities (10 public and 12 private) and 36 other Tertiary institutions in Uganda. The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has since 2014 been implementing the Student’s Loan Scheme, where qualified Ugandan students Loans in a bid to increase access to Higher education,” he said.

    He added, “I therefore announce to all prospective applicants that the Board is now open for applications for the 8th Cohort on the study loans under the Student’s Loan Scheme from eligible Ugandan students who have been admitted under the listed Undergraduate Diploma and Degree programmes for the Academic Year 2021-2022 in the Public Universities, Private Chartered Universities and the listed Other Tertiary Institutions.”

    About the Student’s Loan Scheme.

    The Higher Education Students Financing Board disburses fees to the successful Needy Students on a straight line basis and upon completion of Studies, they are offered a Grace period of 12months after which the maximum repayment period is twice the study duration.

    The scheme has added to the National stock of applied scientists in the four major areas of the Economy where in Health, the scheme has supported the training over 3,000 Health and Medical Personnel, over 2,000 Science teachers, 1,000 Agricultural experts and close to 3,000 Engineers among others.

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni Halts Transfer Of Secondary School Teachers…

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni (Photo: Internet)

    The Minister of Education and Sports spokesperson Mr. Dennis Mugimba has disclosed that the First Lady who also doubles as the senior education Minister, Janet Museveni has halted the transfer of secondary school teachers with immediate effect.

    While addressing media today, Mr. Mugimba said the Minister made the decision after noticing inconsistencies in the transfer exercise which was marred by delays in getting the teachers on payroll, replacing the transferred teachers some of who have failed to report to new schools they have been relocated to.

    “The Minister of Education and Sports received credible information that the way secondary school teachers in government schools are transferred, was having many gaps,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    “It’s against this backdrop that the minister decided that the transfer exercise is halted for the time being until the loopholes have been fixed,” he added.

    Mr. Mugimba held, “She instructed that as a ministry we temporarily stop the transferring of secondary school teachers with immediate effect until an exercise which is going to be conducted by the Education Service Commission takes place.”

    He emphasized that this exercise will identify how long the teachers on payroll have actually been there and how many contract staff are in each school.

    “The validation exercise is expected to begin once secondary schools are reopened following a pronouncement by President Museveni,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    He also revealed that the ministry has trained 54 national trainers to train local governments about the Standard Operating Procedures that should be observed in educational institutions of learning amid planned reopening of schools.

    “We trained them about the issue of roles, who does what to ensure that our institutions of education are complying with these SOPs especially the role of the headteacher or the head of institution that is the principal, vice chancellor in ensuring compliance with SOPs,” he said.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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