Saturday, January 3, 2015

Computer Technology Connects Rubanda with the World


CIT is power to rural community development

Tukamushaba Bonaventure
 offering computer basic class
to his first students, Nov. 2014
Five years ago no one could imagine that Rubanda community would ever be connected to the Global GPS.
There was hardly no piece of information on the net one could find about Rubanda. Mentioning the word technology in Rubanda community would sound funny and strange as many would wonder what kind of animal it was. But today, things have changed. Everyone wants a phone, a computer and to be modern. One feels left behind without technology which seems to have come to stay.
In the year 2000, one could hardly make an online research about Rubanda or even find its location. Rubanda Solidarity is proud of being among the first institutions to introduce this little rural and isolated community found in the south west Uganda to the search engines by its online publications. Today it’s no longer news but attracting a huge number of talented indigenous and international man power to write and know more about the community and its needs of development. And indeed Rubanda has lots of opportunities to offer and poverty related concern that needs both local and international efforts. 

Locally, young generations are getting attracted to these new opportunities. They are very responsive but greatly need community role models to continue to inspire them. There is also a new trend coming up among the elite class in the community who mainly live in urban communities where they went  for employment and better life opportunities. In the recent years, there is a change in attitude with many local people investing in the community of origin  for development. For example many are now engaged in projects like construction of private schools, tea plantations, query mining and so on.  These are all new opportunities of development for young people and a break through from the stereotype mind..

The Government too is getting more committed to providing basic means of infrastructure to development.   The recent government developments are; Kabale Kisoro Road that connects the south western communities with DRC that has been tarmacked and the ongoing construction of Mbarara-Kabale-Kigari highway. The connection of the community to the National electricity power line through the Uganda Rural Electrification program is another huge asset for development.
These developments are gradually accommodating the highest percentage of the young generation commonly known as .com generation. It’s a vibrant generation which, however, needs the way and the means with technology being one of the best means on menu right now. Rubanda Solidarity views technology as of very great importance to rural development and strives to integrate it in its quality education system as much as possible.  

Right now our pilot projects are on basic computer teaching, Kindlereader program to school children and developing modern ways of communication within the administration, donors, sponsorships and so on. So far so good though low levels of education to the highest percentage of community members is the biggest obstacle that requires constant education and guidance that can be time consuming and costly. However, lots of efforts are being made and many generous people responding to our needs.

Tukamushaba Bonaventure is one of the first young breed who has been offered the opportunity into basic computer training in order to train others. Tukamushaba is a high school graduate, passionately in need of continuing to persue his college studies. In the mean time he is excited to serve the community by introducing a basic course in Computer Information Technology. In return it build his confidence and adds value to his education levels and expands his future education and employment opportunities. Life skills are as vital as one being self employed in a community where employment scourge is on the rise among the growing number of idle youth and graduates in Uganda.

In the photo below are some of his first computer class students enjoying the class. Next, see the basic computer package of the training he offers: 
FOCUSED CLASS & TIMETABLE   FOR BONAVENTURE.

COMPUTER: Study practical skills and Technology


COURSE OUTLINE:


3 DAYS  INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER

Ø  Arrival and  course registration

Ø  Information and  ICT and  introduction to computer

Ø  Computer systems; in put devices, CPU,output devices, secondary device

Ø  Computer  key Board skills; startup and exit procedures ,keyboarding  technique

Ø  Keyboarding  skills on speed

Ø  Keyboarding skills on data accuracy

ONE WEEK

MICROSOFT WORD

ü  How  to save  the  work in word (File)

ü  How  to edit  your  work  in word

ü  How  to format  the work

ü  How  the tools  work

ü  How to  print  the  document

ü  How  to view   your work

ü  How to insert e.g.  pictures ,documents

ü  How  to use windows in word

ü  How   to  draw the tables


ONE WEEK

Microsoft Excel

Open a new Excel workbook.
Moving from one cell to another
Entering information in cells
Removing a hyperlink
Center and merge
Sort ascending
Deleting a row or column
Using AutoSum
Using the fill handle to copy formulas
Using AutoFormat
Using the Chart Wizard to create a pie and bar graph






ONE WEEK  PLUS   INTERNET

MICROSOFT POWER POINT


  • How to arrange slides
  • How to connect  projector to computer  when  presenting
  • How to use colors  that are clear for  the audience
  • Types of slides and when to be used.


INTERNET

  • Types  of browsers 
  • How  to download on the  internet
  • How to create emails and  how to send emails  and read emails on in box
  • How to search on the  Net
  • How to log out or sign out your emails.
  • What is  websites  and  what is use of websites

Nb: Certificate will be a warded at the end of course training

Responsibilities of the Students

ALL students are expected to attend   classes, participate actively in the class
discussions and contribute effectively to group discussions and presentations

of all skills have leant.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yamba Abaana Annual Assembly!

December sixteen, Yamba Abaana Uganda (YAUG), held its fifth annual assembly. The assembly took place at the premises of Rubanda Solidarity school. It was of its kind since its launch, five years ago as it had its highest attendance and jovial moments.  

The  objective of the YAUG is to bring together students, parents, friends and the community members participating in the organization to meet, share, evaluate, plan and celebrate. Its a time to renew each other's spirit of community development and commitment through active participation in the association and Rubanda Solidarity. The main focus of the assembly is on quality education for children. Its also an opportunity for continuous community awareness and brainstorming moments to both students, parents and the community on how to work harder for a better tomorrow and a better society. It encourages both parents and students struggling to educate and study within their meager resources and hard poverty. 

YAUG works in partnership with YAUS (Yamba Abaana US). The two separate and unique organizations have something in common. YAUG was born out of the need to strengthen hope to the vulnerable children through sponsorship program  for quality education. It endeavors to support families through sponsorship contribution rendered to their children. 

Children in Rubanda are the most disadvantaged group in the community. When YAUG  was started in 2010, a year later YAUS was born with a goal to offer support to YAUG. We are very grateful to the YAUS for jumping on our bus and to Fr. Dominic for giving the rid to Rubanda. 

To all of you, our generous supporters, and to all people of good will, thank you so much for all you have been doing and continue to do. All these children you see in the pictures below are full of pride and passion for the future. Because you have provided it to them and they feel they have it in their hands. Together we have created it and together continue to nourish until it bears fruit. And the fruit is new life. We totally believe that things will never be the same for these children and their families. May God reward you abundantly. 
Please, continue to walk with us through these pics and our websites.


Dec. 19-2014: These are some of the children, parents and visitors
 in attendance of the fifth Yamba Abaana annual assembly

Parents, teachers visitors and children gather for a group photo
after their fifth annual assembly 
Parents have designed a new sweater for the uniform of
Yamba Abaana Association.
The green sweater design was a results of one of their assembly discussion, 


Parents and children are brainstormed about
family relationships and the goal of Yamba Abaana

A speaker brainstorms parents and children about
the values of quality education and child care

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Third Nursery Graduation 2014

Another great day has come in the life of our 36 Top class students graduating on December 6th to grade one 2015. This is the biggest class ever in the ten years of our nursery existence. Because of our goal to provide quality education from the beginning, we set a limit of our class intake to 40. With this goal and limited facilities we have been increasing the enrollments gradually.

Teacher Angela, front right guides the representative  to a graduates' speech
 as parents, representatives stand  in the background, Sr. Stella and Anamary look on.   

Tr. Angela with 36 Graduates 2014

Parents stand with their children at their graduation on Dec. 8th 2014 


The Pastor, Fr. Thomas officiates at the graduation ceremony
of 36 nursery students as Sr. Stella presents the certificates on Dec. 8th 2014

Fr. Thomas, the pastor at Rubanda Parish
celebrates Mass on the graduation ceremony on Dec. 6th 2014.

The parents' representative gives a speech as
Sr. Stella, Mr and Mrs Kabunduguru and other visitors listen : Dec. 6th 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Letter from teacher Joy

12/11/2014

Special greetings  to you from the Nursery teachers.

Please we want to let you know that Rubanda Solidarity School runs an education program of a combination of Nursery and Primary curricula. We would like to thank Rev.Fr.Dominic, Coordinator, Donors and all our friends for the good work done design and support these programs in order to uplift the life conditions of our people. Working hard to raise the standards of our school will eventually make a huge impact to the vulnerable children and the entire community.

The nursery section runs through a circle of three years (Baby, Middle and Top classes).
In the Baby class we have twenty three children (23),
The Middle class has twenty eight children (28), and 
The Top class has thirty four (34)

For this year 2014, we have thirty four (34) graduates from nursery to primary school. Of those children eighteen are boys and sixteen are girls. This is a huge success in our efforts  and objectives of the school to strive to balance gender equality in a community that is predominately male sensitive. 

I thank the parents for treasuring our quality education program and bringing their children to our school to learn to fight illiteracy, in-equality and poverty. On 12/6/2014, the Top class students will graduate from nursery to primary section. This is their normal schedule for the end of the academic year to the long vacation of Christmas.

You are most welcome to join us celebrate the first step of these kids to academic degrees , an activity that highly motivates them to the future.

Please once again accept our many greetings from the four nursery school teachers who enjoy their work with the kids.
God bless.
Kesande Joy
Deputy nursery section.



New Nursery School Proposed Site

The year 2014 is ending on a very joyful note for our Nursery kids. There is a project in the making to construct a nursery school they can call their own. For over ten years, they have been generously hosted by their sister Rubanda Solidarity Primary School. " Its our time to have our own nice school", one of the student shouted aloud at the assembly when the idea of constructing a new nursery school was announced to them. Down below you will be able to see in the photos, the proposed site   for the new nursery school. The kids can't wait to see a structure of their own spring up. They forced their teachers to go and have a look and take some snaps. The challenge still is, how to find enough funds. Please join the kids to look at the proposed nursery site below through the photos.

From right: Tr. Joy, Rosette, Angela, Eunice pause for a group photo
with their 85 Nursery Sch. kids  @ the new proposed nursery Site: Dec.2014


Amazing landscape and beauty of Rubanda

Kids with their teachers imagining
 a new school to call their own in this place Dec. 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Kids who need a school to call their own!

Rubanda Solidarity School started operating in 2005 becoming the first private school in Rubanda to curve out a particular program for vulnerable and most disadvantaged children in the community. The school runs two separate programs of education from the same facility:  Nursery and Day and Boarding Primary school education. Our vision remains that of creating and having a better life through offering of equal opportunities for quality education to both girl and boy child alike in the community that is predominately male sensitive.  
We currently use the same provisional facilities for both primary and nursery school students due limited funds to construct an independent nursery school. This has lots of disadvantages as it limits our desire for more care according to different age groups especially the most youngest of them all. 

Our nursery school enrollment age  is six years. However, many times we have exceptions for much younger children who may be having serious social problems and need immediate support. The school hosts  over 310 students who love to call it their second home. The 85 of those kids are in the nursery school and badly in need of facilities and a permanent school to call their own. For they are being generously hosted by the primary school section. 
Our top priority therefore is to fully get engaged locally and globally looking for funds to construct a new nursery school that will provide more space for efficiency and improved environment for healthy development and education. 

Thank you for being interested in our activities to make a difference in the lives of children in Rubanda.


The class view of teacher Angela enjoying
her class work with her middle class kids 11.16.2014

Teacher Rosette and Nursery section deputy Joy
entertain Baby class kids into
 the new day before classes Nov. 16th 2014

Teacher Unice enjoys African story telling with her Middle Class
Candidates to grade( class) one:kids Nov. 2014.

Standing behind L-R are teachers;  Angela, Unice,
Deputy Joy and Rosette pausing for a group photo with their
Nursery School kids 11. 16.2014

Teacher Angela joins smiling Nursery
 School Kids for a group picture 11.16.2014


Friday, November 14, 2014

Progressive Candidates since 2012

Hello Visitor, 

These photos below will drive you into the real life at Rubanda Solidarity School. They give you a taste at a glance of our fruits with our kids and their academic performances in a period of three years when we have had the Uganda Primary Leaving Examination (UPLE). Since the begining of our school, ten years ago, our policy has always been, never think of a child's development unless your menu has ingredients to improving their conditions of life, Equal opportunities of quality education for both girl and boy child, integral development ( physical, social, spiritual and academic). Like Aristotle, educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all, we strive to invest all we have for the well being of our children in the school. These are children who would someone else if there were no hearts of love. And love would be meaningless if it did not have the designer. Faith and God are so important to the world of love and peace for all. This is a big drive behind all the difference made. Their health and their school performances tell it all. 

Please, if you are already part of us contributing in any way toward this progress, join the community, staff, children, the US and UG. Yamba Abaana to appreciate all our efforts made so far. And if you are a new visitor, still deciding what your contribution could be, we welcome you to our blogger to learn more about us. Our success is an effort of so many people whom God has blessed with so big and generous  hearts. One day you may be part of us.  Enjoy the photos. 


31 UPLE Candidates for 2015:
For the second time in history we have broken the record of our male culture.
We had more girls than boys in the class of candidacy of 2012 as it will for 2015. 

Out of 31 students, we have 18 girls and 13 boys.
This is a fascinating story in a culture with  
strong male dominance 
even toward quality education.
We are very proud of this progress made toward equality.
We pledge to continue to promote our vision and Mission..
 We wish you a wonderful final year with us at our school .
Remember,  we are praying for you to fly like 

butterflies at your exams this coming year. 

26 UPLE Candidates 2014.
These have just completed their national exams and are waiting for their results.
 They are eleven girls and fifteen boys.
We hope for best results. We know you are sharp and smart kids.
We remember you all in our prayers.

26 UPLE Candidates of 2013 pause with their teachers for a group photo at the school gate.
The results; 22 students scored first distinction while 4 got second.
All passed excellently for higher education.
We are proud of you.


21 UPLE Pioneer Candidates  of 2012. They were 9 boys and 12 girls.
Results: All passed with excellent performance to higher education with
19 students scoring first distinction while two  getting second.
Thank you for laying a very good foundation for our school.
You will always be remembered.