Closing academic institutes amid COVID-19 was huge mistake, says govt

According to the State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysostom Munyingo that the government of Uganda will never ever going to close the education institutes, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic it happened previously.

Uganda made its record for closing its educational institutions for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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However, the Ugandan government announced school reopening in January.

According to Muyingo’s statement while he is having a tour of the Huawei exhibition hall for the smart education solutions for Africa, “government has learnt lessons, and they will never repeat the same mistake.”

Furthermore, it is stated that the Coronavirus presented the education sector with profound challenges, especially in developing countries. Nobody in the country is expecting the coming of this pandemic and the crippling effect it would have on our economies.

In Uganda, nearly 15 million students were out of school for two years, and our education sector, like most countries around the world, was forced to rethink the delivery of Education, said Muyingo.

COVID-19 taught us a big lesson that is learnt by the country, and now it is aggressively addressing it through a digital agenda strategy. With the broad experience that Huawei has developed over the years, I am confident that this partnership can help us find more innovative solutions to the challenges we are facing. With the available education solutions, we shall never again close our education sector, especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic or any other pandemic.

Minister Muyingo, who described the Ugandan government, praised Huawei for keeping the digitalization efforts in the country, more so in the education sector.

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Furthermore, he thanked Huawei Technologies for generally supporting digitalization efforts in the country and, more significantly, supporting the ICT initiatives focusing on the education sector.

He stated that the Ugandan government is committed to upscaling and mainstreaming ICT in education delivery to promote enhanced delivery and make continuous learning more exciting and prepare for any eventualities.

As per the Muyingo, the Education Ministry is working with the National Council for Higher Education and the institutions of higher learning to accredit technology initiatives for long-distance and intelligent education solutions.

According to Muyingo, “We requested our National Council for Higher Education to work with our universities and to operate through open and distance e-learning. Not all universities and schools were able to operate during the lockdown. Still, many started building their capacity to offer online learning, and to date, they have adopted and operated a multi-pronged approach to teaching and learning. I see a chance here for capacity building, and I request all of us here to come together, share ideas and make the best use of this innovation and experience to improve our chances of success in the use of digital solutions now and for any future disruptions of learning in our respective countries.”

At the same time as the ceremony, Huawei launched its LEAP skills development programme.

They declared their ICT competition awards Ceremony, LEAP, which seeks to help advance the ICT skills of more than 100,000 people across the Sub-saharan Africa region within three years.

The LEAP programme stands for Leadership, Employability, Advancement and Possibilities, is aimed at promoting stronger digital leadership and a skilled ICT workforce, building a digital talent pool, and promoting digital literacy among citizens.

It is not limited to this but also includes a wide range of activities spanning from ICT training and certification courses, government digital capacity building and ICT skills competitions.