- Fifteen Schools in Western Uganda have been selected and equipped with visual aids
- The company has now equipped 50 MultiChoice Resource Centres in various schools across the country
- E-education models have been tailored to suit the country’s education curriculum through the DStv Education Bouquet
MultiChoice Uganda, the leading pay television in the country, has today launched the MultiChoice Resource Center project in schools in Western Uganda. The programme, a partnership between MultiChoice Uganda and the Ministry of Education will be rolled out in 15 schools in the region. The schools are; Maddox Secondary School, Kyenjojo Secondary School, Kisojo Secondary School, Humura Secondary School, Wekomire Secondary School, Mpanga Parents Secondary School, Rwamwanja Secondary School, Nyakasura Secondary School, Semuliki Secondary School, Rwebisengo Secondary School, St Mary’s Secondary School – Simbya, Kulhe Secondary School, SAAD Memorial Secondary School, Rusekere Secondary School, Nyabuhikye Secondary School.
Speaking at the launch function the General Manager of MultiChoice Uganda Mr. Charles Hamya said “As a company, we have long showed our commitment to the country through 14 years of dedicated visual aid facilitation to the education sector. This has been made possible by our growing partnership with the Ministry of Education without which we would not be able to launch the project here today. It is the belief of both MultiChoice Uganda and the Ministry of Education that the use of Multimedia such as the PVR decoder and TV can play a tremendous role as a catalyst for improved education quality thus encouraging us to expand the program further.” He added “To date, there are over 900 MultiChoice Resource Centers established in over 25 countries in Africa including Uganda’s now 50 MultiChoice Resource Centers.”
In his speech as Guest of Honour, the Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education – Government, Mr. Baritazale Benson said, “The use of technology in education holds tremendous potential for institutions and students to widen the scope of their knowledge and excel not only in the theory taught in the classroom but also in the practical knowledge. We have been given an opportunity to not only impact on the already existing knowledge that our students have but to also open their minds to all the possibilities and events taking place in the rest of the world.” He continued “The use of modern technology to enhance learning has been used in various countries in the world with remarkable success registered. Our partnership with MultiChoice Uganda has yielded similar results over the years and we are indeed grateful to them and such companies that understand the importance of giving back to communities in which they operate.”
The MultiChoice Resource Center programme which was started in 1999 aims to carve out a path for future generations to prosper through educational content that is relevant to the student’s curriculum. Mr Musoke added, “The strategic partnership between MultiChoice and the Ministry of Education has helped to ensure that our e-education models are relevant to the country’s education curriculum through the DStv Education Bouquet offering. Comprising nine premium and informative television channels, the bouquet combines sound and imagery of television to provide a powerful education media.”
In conclusion Mr. Hamya reiterated that the MRC programme was intended to give back to the Ugandan community that has supported the company over the years, “We are grateful to the people of Western Uganda and Uganda in general who have supported us through the years and allowed us this opportunity to also give back to them in ways we have established will make a positive impact to them for generations to come. The MultiChoice Resource Centre programme is here to stay and our vision is to see all students in the country with access to these visual aids as the future of our country is intrinsically tied to the quality of education that they are exposed to.”
Mr Frank Manyindo, the Headteacher of Nyakasura School expressed gratitude to MultiChoice on behalf of all the schools chosen in the region and emphasised their commitment to exhaustively utilize the programme for the socioeconomic benefit of the students.