Upon the inception of the idea of founding a company that provides help to the general public to systematically embrace the digital era, in the year 2012 we decided to conduct an ICT usage study in the education sector. We chose the education sector because the performance basics of all other sectors depend on it. The key findings were that;
Most players in education services work in isolation, that is, they are not leveraging modern information technologies to work as a team. There is no sort of standard platform to provide a common procedure in data capture, processing, storage and information sharing across all education stakeholders. This impedes service delivery from grassroots at the school level to public and private institutions that rely on school data to conduct business.
We also acknowledged the observation that in the 21st Century the fundamentals of formal education are now four, that is, Reading, Writing and Computing plus 'Using ICT'. 'Using ICT' became the new fundamental of formal education in the sense that without being able to operate ICT tools, it is as if one didn't go to school. Our study found out that schools emphasize 'Knowing ICT' by teaching ICT as an examinable subject but highly rely on paper-based manual methods in conducting education processes.
Through the study, it was also found out that Uganda ICT curriculum policy is made of three dimensions, that is, ICT as an examinable subject, ICT as a teaching and learning tool and ICT to increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of school management. The latter dimension lacked systematic implementation through guidance from the key stakeholders of MoES and MoICT&NG.
From this study, we concluded that for the education sector to sustainably exploit ICT, there should be a universally accessible and unified information-sharing platform for all schools that is capable of solving school information management challenges and also bringing together all education stakeholders in a manner that makes the entire sector to electronically function as a whole.
A modern ICT literate and IT consuming society
To enable all schools at all levels regardless of their location to embrace and use ICT to improve service delivery.
Fostering and ensuring:-
Effective customer care
Strong corporate governance
To ensure all schools embrace and incorporate ICT in their day-to-day activities.
To ensure that by the time children graduate to colleges and higher institutions of learning, they are sufficiently ICT literate.
To build a strong market base in ICT products and services by enriching ICT awareness in the young generation.
To work with other stakeholders to transform the Ugandan general public into an ICT literate and consuming society.