donderdag 14 augustus 2014

ICT4Teacher presentation Global Media Forum Deutsche Welle

1st July 2014 in Bonn

During the Global Media Forum 2014 IICD was invited by Unicef and the ICT4D Centre of Royal Holloway, University London to be part of a panel on ICT4Kids. At the event the reportChildren, ICT and Development was launched. I was one of the people interviewed for the book. The full session can be followed through this audio link.
Some additional information on the session: Information and Communication Technologies for Development, also kn2014-07-01 15.00.57own as ICT4D, is an exciting, young interdisciplinary field of practice and study. 

BonnSome argue that it could revolutionize how international development initiatives are run, offering tools such as SMS and social media to create direct engagement with project participants, beneficiaries and communities. In a recent report produced by the University of London’s ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway for UNICEF, 35 experts in the area of child-related ICT4D were asked to discuss what worked and what didn’t. The interviews showed a strong consensus that participatory approaches increased the chances of project success. They also revealed a rising trend in involving young people in particular in more participatory forms, not just of project governance, but also more broadly in social and political discussions. Expert interviewees nominated notably inspiring projects involving children and youths.

Martine Koopman
IICD, The Netherlands
Kumar, Davinder
Head of Communications (West & Central Africa), Plan International, UK
Lawrie, James
Senior Education Adviser, Save the Children, UK
Poveda, Sammia Christina
PhD Researcher, ICT4D Centre & UNESCO Chair in ICT4D Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Walton, Philip
COO, BRCK, Kenya
Kleine, Dr. Dorothea
Director, ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

My presentation:

vrijdag 6 juni 2014

The ICT4E Programme in Western Uganda: ICT in the English classroom

On Monday 2nd June 2014 I made a visit to our ICT4E programme in Kasese and Kaberole district. This programme is part of the connect4change programme. Local partners are Computers for Schools Uganda (CFSU in Kaberone) and Rwenzori Information Centers Network (RIC-NET in Kasese). Together with Charles Kaliba and John Silco Murugahara of RIC-NET  and Stella of CFSU I visited two schools and a teacher training college. The ICT4E programme consist in both districts of 2 secondary schools and one Teacher training college for primary school teachers. The programme is building capacity of English language teachers to integrate ICT in the teaching of English. Teachers create their own lessons and deliver this lesson to the class with a projector and a laptop. Capacity is built to provide teachers with methodology to prepare multimedia lessons and deliver them in the classroom.

My first visit was to the St Theresa Girls Secondary school in Nsenyi in Kasese district. At the school 6 English teachers including head of department Felix Kule participate in the programme. Felix delivered a lesson about nouns while we were visiting. One of the students: “ Lessons are now more attractive and these days I like English more than other subjects”. Teacher and students were really motivated to use the ICT.

The programme also organizes content creation workshops: CFSU or RICNET work with the teachers to make more interactive content and practice together the delivery of the lessons. The lessons include text, sound, images and sometimes video. They also use role play and assignments with the students. One of the teachers mentioned “the integration of ICT tools in the teaching process has helped to deliver lessons with different methods to cater for visual learners (text and illustrations) and auditive lessons (to listen to the right pronouncation). 

The second school we visited was difficult to reach. The bridge in the value had been wiped away in 2013, but the emergency bridge only two weeks ago. The school was not reachable by car. We used the “boda-boda” at the back of the motorbike we took the mountain road. A steep footpath not really suitable for a motorbike.

The Kilembe Secondary school delivered also a lesson with the project about a poem. The teacher was not trained by RicNet but by the head of department. He was a bit nervous, but that was not really strange while three people are using a video camera in your classroom including me, a musungu. The headmaster told me also that they were using a school management information system that saved them much time. It was locally developed and the school had acquired it recently. 

The way back we did not use the
mountain road. The boda-boda brought us to the destroyed bridge. They took the mountain road and we crossed the river using a temporary emergency bridge. Than they pick us up on the other side to bridge the 2 km destroyed road before we were back at our car.

After an hour we reached Fort Portal were we visited Canon Apollo Core teacher training college were Mwajuma Banuru, the head of the English department. She explained how they train the new teachers in the preparation and delivery of lessons with the use of ICT in English. Their biggest challenge that they can practice at the college, but not yet in the four intern schools were the students will practice in the real primary school classroom.

A long day that started at 6:30 and ended at 18:00 when I arrived in the Rwenzori View Guesthouse in Fort Portal. Just another day in the office!

One day safari in Queen Elisabeth Park

Between eLearning Africa and my visit to the ICT4E programme in Kasese and Kaberole district I had a Saturday to travel from Kampala to Western Uganda (7 hours). On Sunday I was able to visit the Queen Elisabeth Park for an one day safari. My lodge was overlooking the plains, not a bad place to stay at all. In the morning I did a chimpanzee trek in a beautiful gorge. We managed to see some chimpansees, but even without that the hike itself was worth it. Western Uganda has a very nice climate this time of the year. Between 25-30 degrees with cool nights. In the afternoon I did a boottrip to Lake Edwards. A trip with lots of elephants, buffalo’s and hippo’s and thousands of beautiful birds.

donderdag 4 juli 2013

Impressions of eLearning Africa 2013, Windhoek Namibia

29th -31st May the eLearning Africa conference 2013 was held in Windhoek Namibia in the Safari Conference Centre. The eLearning 2013 report (English) is also out (also in French)

These are my impressions of the event.



On the 29th May I attended two pre-conference sessions. In the morning a session World-Class Skills Through Technology for Change and Innovation  led my Microsoft with the buzzwords 21st century skills, professional teacher development, student centred pedagogy. First I thought it was really focusing on Microsoft products. And of course it is a company that wants to make money, but the presentations were about more than Microsoft skills. It encourage students and teachers to think critically and creatively beyond just reproduction. 21st century skills: Way of thinking, Way of working, tools for working and ways of living in the world. 

But if you support the development of humans to a higher education level, they will reach mostly a higher income and will become consumers. So Microsoft does see this as a long term investment to increased the skill level op people in developing countries. During the session Microsoft told more about the different programmes they have in Africa within Education. For example Microsoft4Africa: improving africa’s competitiveness through strategic partnerships (building capacity, increasing access and innovation), Microsoft IT Academy, a life long learning model to bridge skill gap between education and todays technology centered job market. It provides trainings, curriculum, certification, linkages/partnerships and resources to educational institutes. Partners in Learning. With lots of resources for students and educators presented by Phil Oduor, Project Badiliko a collaboration of British Council and Microsoft. Project Badiliko builds digital hubs at schools and community centres across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria and provides a cascade model of professional development for teachers and school leaders.  Agile EMIS (James Curry, ( was a presentation from a Microsoft partner about educational management information systems. The EMIS is implemented in Uganda on large scale at school level (PC, smart phone or mobile (attendance collection), district and national level for Ministry of Education.

In the afternoon I followed a practical workshop A Practical Introduction to OER4Schools: Supporting Interactive Teaching of Mathematics and Science a collaboration of Chalimbana Basic School, Zambia and University of Cambridge, UK (Abel Makonga, Chalimbana Basic School, Zambia and Bjoern Hassler, University of Cambridge, UK.


 The official opening of the conference The Ghanaian blogger Mac-Jordan Degadjor (@MacJordaN) as representative of the African Youth was most impressive.

a solar container at exhibition

I follow him already for years and had the opportunity to meet him in person. Theme of the opening was: Learning and Innovation: In the Cloud and on the Ground with a Spirit of Ubuntu.

Next morning during the plenary Towards an (Upwardly) Mobile Africa? The speech of Donald Clark, Is Mobile the New Pen and Pencil?  was thought provoking. Tablets are useless unless with keyboard, mobile learning is gps for learning. Attention span of youth only 7 seconds! 

The presentation of Monica Weber of the Worldbank gave also some interesting insights. Especially about urbanization. “Should we invest in poor urban areas were most of the people will live or in rural areas were population is scarce?”. She gave also in three slides recommendations for eLearning in relation to poverty, prosperity and environment

The Next parallel session that I followed was about Developing the ICT Competencies of African

Teachers. Especially the presentation of Esther Wamuyu Gacicio, Kenya Institute of Education, Kenya “Moving Teachers’ Competencies in Curriculum Delivery to the 21st Century Learning: Kenyan Perspective” was interesting. Potential partner for the Kenya programme. In the afternoon I also had a demonstration of their content by Ruben.

Late afternoon was my own session: eLearning in Medical Education. I presented a project we had done in Malawi: “Online renewal of licenses for nurses in Malawi

The other two presentations about a medical school in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Medical Education Partnership Initiative (KCMC-MEPI). Dativa Tibyampansha a Learning Management System specialist) and how they use eLearning for the education of medical students and an eLearning system for nurses from University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing (Gladys Msika  head for the Medical –Surgical Nursing Department  in collaboration with University of Edinburgh

After the presentation a very interesting and a lively session with lots of questions followed. 

Fridays plenary session was about Education Renewal Through eLearning, MOOCs and Mother Tongue. One inspirational speech about use of social media in education from Prof Dr Johannes Cronje, Professor, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa “Doing IT for Free. Reflections on Open Courseware, Open Access and Open Learning” and a thought provoking from Prof Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director of the Africa-wide Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS), South Africa “The Language Factor in the Integration of ICTs in African Education, Training and Development” were he asked all African why they do not create content and applications in their own local languages.

The last session I attended was disappointing. Going to Scale and Going Local with Laptops, eReaders and Tablets especially the session of Chi Jin, UNESCO Inruled, China New Media and Women’s Leadership:Pilot and Practices in China because of her presentation skills “death by powerpoint” with long stories on the slide that she read to the audience.









donderdag 7 februari 2013

Reflection: Connect for Change Ghana Education Partners meet in Tamale

The workshop is a ICT4D Learning Workshop that brought together project partners working in Education with IICD and Edukans under the Connect4Change programme in Ghana.  It aimed at enabling Connect4Change as well as the project partners to learn and benefit from the experiences gained at the various project implementation and share knowledge. This blog is based on the GINKS ICT4D stories at

maandag 3 december 2012

Visit to Connect4Change Health Prgramme Ghana in November 2012

From 8-10 November 2012 Paula Mommers (Cordaid) and Martine Koopman (IICD) visited the Connect4Change Health Programme in the field. Under the Connect4Change Health Programme we support three programmes: PART ME by SEND Foundation, ACDEP 's ICT in Healthcare delivery and CHAG's Using ICT to imrove access and efficiency. We visited on 6th and 7th November the offices of the three programmes in Accra and Tamale, but to see what has happened on the ground we had to make a trip through rural Northern Ghana in three days

The first project to visit is PART ME of Send Foundation. This innovative project for participatory monitoring and evaluation (PartMe) is an ICT for development project that uses technology to facilitate data collection and information dissemination between SEND-Ghana, its grassroots partners and policy makers on the NHIS  and other pro-poor policies.

We visited on 8th November the Savelugu District Citizen's Monitoring Committee, one of the 50 DCMC's with which SEND Foundation has initiated to monitor at grassroot level the pro-poor policies like access to National Health Insurance, Spending of funds under the Common Fund and effectiveness of free maternal care. 

Each DCMC conducts of 11 representatives of Civil Society to give the poor a voice. 

Next stop was a project under ACDEP's Community health Care project. We visited the Catholic Family Reproductive Health Project in WaleWale were they visit communities with their mobile cinema to share information about family planning and reproductive health issues. They also are actively involved in the mobile reproductive health project to provide peer educators in schools from information via sms to share with their peers.


Third stop of the day was at Wiaga. At St Lucas clinic, Andy the ICT focal person showed us the progress in the implementation of the Hospital Management Information System HAMS.

After an overnight stop at Bolgatanga we left early for a visit of the Bawku Nursing Training College at Bawku part of the CHAG Connect4Change programme.

In the week before our visit, the school had suffered a fire in the computerlab. The principal explained what has happened in the video.'

After the visit to Bawku we went to the ACDEP supported clinic at Garu. The ICT programme has a focus on Reproductive Health and improving communication with Traditional Birth attendance to improve maternal care in rural Ghana. The team at the clinic is also looking into using ICT to improve the data collection and information management at the clinic. One of the staff has developed a small database to trace paper patient records easily in the archive when patients forgot thei id card. With name and community they are able to trace the NHIS number to trace the folder. This avoids double patient records, but they hope to move to an electronic patient record in 2013.

From Garu we had a very bad road via Napkanduri over the escarpent, Bunkperugu and after crossing a river before Chereponi our ventilator blade broke off and punctured the radiotor. Our driver was able to temporary fix it with soap to reach the next town.

The next morning there was also no breakfast. The girl who would prepare it was at the hospital and the boy who was cleaning thought it was not his task. But the price of € 5 for a room shows the lack of service as well (what else to expect for such a cheap room).

The car still needed to be fixed, so we cancelled our visit to Salaga and had one more visit at the Saboba hospital, a CHAG supported project where Mark showed us around. There was no power (in the whole of Northern Ghana that day!) so we spoke to all staff at the Out Patient department where all departments (records room, cash office, consultant, lab, pharmacy) are already using the HMIS and the In patient ward don't use the HMIS yet, but they already use the PC's to watch videos for example at the children's ward they watch cases of asthma and meningitis to update their knowledge.

All together a very useful overview of the progress made since my last visit a year ago.