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Tecno Mobile, StarTimes & MTN donate computers to schools in Mukono



By Reporter

Mr Mpuuga (Left), Hon. Charles Bakabulindi (Blue Suit) TECNO Country Manager, Mr Shiva Zhong and Cleopatra, StarTimes PRO manager

TECNO Mobile Uganda and partners MTN Uganda and Startimes have today donated computers to five secondary schools in Mukono district.

The donation comes from proceeds of the second edition of Heroes in Color Run, a charity event organized by Tecno. The charity event is organized in collaboration with partners to raise awareness about various problems. The event that took place in September 2019 under the theme “Digitalizing the Future”.

The beneficiary schools that will each get desktops are Namilyango College, Kasawo Secondary school, Kasana Vocational School, Sir Apollo Kaggwa Senior Secondary School, and St. Charles Lwanga Senior Secondary School. The donation is part of TECNO’s efforts to contribute towards the introduction of ICT in schools.

“The world is too digital to leave our youngsters illiterate about digitalization. Almost everything nowadays is digitalized. Let’s educate those around us the benefits of living a digital life and how best to embrace digitalizing the future.” Said Shiva Zhong, Managing Director Tecno Uganda.

Charles Bakabulindi presided over the handover the desktops to the schools.

“Heroes in color” run is Tecno’s way of saying “Together we can”. It’s also a way of saying thank you to all their loyal customers, stakeholders and well-wishers for supporting them to be number one smartphone brand in Uganda.

“Digital illiteracy in Uganda is real and we recognize that fact. This year’s Heroes in Color run was under the theme “Digitalizing the future” and we feel it’s time we paid more attention to this since this is where the world is heading. Our desire is to see that everyone in Uganda is digitalized so as to live a better life,” Zhong said.

“We cannot digitalize Uganda alone, so we are absolutely grateful to hundreds of customers who turned up for this year’s Heroes in Color Run.  We thank our partners; MTN and Startimes for believing in our dream and joining us on this journey. We believe this is just the beginning of a bright ICT future all over Uganda.”Zhong said that the company selected a few schools in Mukono as a starting point on a long journey of digitalizing the future and called upon everyone to join this journey of digitalizing the whole Uganda.

“Heroes in Color Run is an important event on our Calendar, because of its essence. It’s a day we meet with our customers for a noble cause. It reaffirms our mission as a technology brand that has been in Uganda for close to 11 years, our passion for technology is evident with what we have produced over the years and most importantly we are here to give our customers best smartphones and be part of the journey of digitalizing Uganda.” Concluded Shiva

MTN Uganda is delighted to be part of this initiative. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility arm; the MTN Foundation, has and continues to be at the forefront of driving ICT literacy in schools across the country.

MTN Uganda has over the years executed several ICT education themed interventions like the support to KCCA funded Primary Schools, Public Libraries, ICT training in Vocational Institutes including St. Simon Peter located in Hoima, Amelo Technical Institute in Adjumani and St. Daniel Comboni in Moroto, among others. The MTN ICT Bus has reached over 45,000 learners in rural schools in various parts of Uganda since 2013. The MTN ICT bus is a fully equipped bus with essentials in ICT learning. It traverses the country, teaching and providing practical ICT experiences to pupils.

“The journey to developing our country is a shared one, and that’s why this partnership with Tecno is quite symbolic of the good that people, corporate companies and institutions of our country can do when we combine efforts,” said Sen Somdev, MTN Uganda acting Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re definitely good together as a team”, he further remarked.

Headmaster Namilyangi college, Mr Mpuuga Constantine

Uganda developed its initial ICT national policy in 2003. The policy framework document recognized that Uganda would need to embrace the goal of “lifelong education for all.” The policy further addresses literacy improvement and human resource capacity-building with strategies that include Integrating ICT into mainstream educational curricula as well as other literacy programmes to provide for equitable access for all students regardless of level, developing and managing ICT centres of excellence to provide basic and advanced ICT training  to mention but a few.

While Uganda has had significant economic growth over the last decades, with a concomitant reduction of poverty, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is, nevertheless, on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education and, according to the 2006 National Report,2 is committed to achieving the MDGs of universal completion of secondary schooling by 2015 and elimination of gender disparity in both primary and post-primary levels.

As Uganda adopts ICT in education, the country faces the same challenges as most developing economies – poorly developed ICT infrastructure, high bandwidth costs, an unreliable supply of electricity, and a general lack of resources to meet a broad spectrum of needs. However, with the rapid emergence of wireless network capacity and the ubiquitous growth of mobile phones, the context of the infrastructure is changing. A national ICT policy is in place and an education sector ICT policy is before Cabinet. The Ministry of Education and Sports is taking steps to co-ordinate ICT development and has allocated resources to support implementation of its ICT strategy.

In addition to all these strategies by government in conjunction of Ministry of education and sports, brands like TECNO and its partners; MTN and Startimes are helping to facilitate in the reduction of ICT illiteracy levels within Uganda by organizing such charity events like Heroes in Color Run.

StarTimes PR Manager Cleopatra Koheirwe said, “At StarTimes, we love to support great initiatives such as TECNO’s Heroes in Color Run. A cause that has to do with giving back to society and helping develop the youths matters a lot to us. This is why we were glad to be actively involved in supporting TECNO to “digitalize the future.” A lot has been said about ICT and how everything has gone digital these days which cannot be ignored. We have to keep up with the times. So it is of great importance that students learn computer skills and are technologically equipped in order to sustain themselves in this digital era. We congratulate the schools receiving computers and we hope that our contribution will go a long way in shaping their future.”

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Roger Mugisha in new reality TV series on StarTimes



By Reporter

Roger Mugisha has been in the entertainment and media industry for more than 20 years and his work ethic has proven he is a force to reckon with from Radio, stage, to TV and film. This time round, Roger, the charming actor and corporate emcee will represent Uganda in a new outdoor reality TV show dubbed Dream Destination on StarTimes.

Roger Mugisha will be on the show alongside Kenyan comedian star Vincent Mwasia Mutua popularly known as Chipukeezy. Together, they will guide you on Dream Destination for a rather interesting adventure in Tanzania within the African Great Lakes region. During the long journey, the two guiding stars will explore local food, scenery, culture, history and specialties, and experience the charm and mysteries of Tanzania. Roger and Chipukeezy are subjected to a limited budget and must complete a series of incredible tasks in order to collect money. While on their mission, they will joined by some other stars to help with the tasks.

Cleopatra Koheirwe the PR Manager says, “Dream Destination proves that you can travel for much less considering that Roger and Chipukeezy were working with a limited and cashless budget. Most of us think that travelling is expensive but this show will change that perception. It’s an exciting and innovative show which will be fun to watch. Roger and Chipukeezy make a weird but funny duo and their journey on the show becomes a compelling adventure.”

The outdoor reality show is created by StarTimes and can be enjoyed on Sanyuka TV at 8pm starting from 26th October 2019, ST Movies Plus channel at 00:00 CAT, and on NBS TV every Sunday at 6.30pm starting 3rd November 2019.

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UAERA opens offices in Kampala, human trafficking curbed.



By Reporter

As human trafficking offences were on the rise, Labour Recruiting & Exporting Companies were scratching heads for a solution. UAERA, a body that Unites all labour recruiting companies in Uganda has opened offices as a one stop centre for jobless Ugandans. The center among other responsibilities will receive all complaints and only registered companies will operate under it thereby reducing human trafficking. While launching yesterday at BMK building, Minister Hajat Janat Mukwaya hailed the development as a milestone in easing work for jobless Ugandans seeking jobs abroad.

Mukwaya said that the place is necessary for the legal framework involved in the booming industry.

“I am glad that  the private sector has come up with this initiative  to bridge this gap. The ministry has 12 essentials to fulfill including licensing and the monitoring,” she said.

Over 182 labour exporting companies have been legally accepted in 2019, up  from 24 in 2016. This represents a growth of  528%.

“Our current working space had small resources and we’re going to have new offices housed at BMK building which will be a one stop centre for all registered labour export companies in Uganda,” she explained.UERA Chairman Andrew Tusiime Kameraho commended government for its role in the growth of the industry.

He explained that the labour export industry has improved from 300 applicants to 3500 traveling every month.However, Kameraho said that there are still no chances for professional jobs abroad.

“There’s no hindrance for professionals but these jobs are less. We take professionals but they are few,” he said.

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ASFA FashionPreneur summit, an opportunity portal for young people, find out how



By Staff Writer

The Abryanz Style and Fashion awards are famously known for glamour and Showbiz and little is known about it’s more productive perspective. The ASFA since inauguration in 2013 have with each passing edition changed lives positively. Besides the ASFA awarding event, the ASFA also have a FashionPreneur exhibition where Fashion is exhibited and showcased. At the FashionPreneur, all Fashion stakeholders meet and share a platform.

Once again, this year, The Abryanz Style and Fashion will hold a FashionPreneur summit. The exhibition is slated for this Saturday 26th October at Kingdom Kampala and this is why you should attend.

Here are some reasons to attend the ASFA FashionPreneur this Saturday

1. Learn from the best

You will work alongside award-winning academics and practitioners, who have exhibited at leading design shows. They will share their extensive industry experience when teaching and researching our specialist subjects, to help you achieve your ambitions.

2. Industry-standard facilities

You will have access to state-of-the-art studios, workshops and rooms that are resourced with industry-specific machinery for all aspects of fashion and textiles production. The combination of workshop practise, exploring digital technology and traditional craft skills will enable you to develop a personal and professionally relevant portfolio.

3. Industry links and placements

We have excellent links with regional and international brands. You will have the opportunity to carry out a placement in industry as one of your modules to gain valuable experience and networking skills.

4. Career success

5. Fashion Week and New Designers

There will be chance to showcase your work to industry leaders at the prestigious Fashion gurus.

6. Links with industry

The FashionPreneur creates modules that get employer and industry engagement, where you’ll work in collaboration with employers and partners in the industry.

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