The government of Uganda has unveiled an Internet-based learning platform as an addition to the electronic services currently offered to citizens.
The development was revealed by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), which is the implementing agency, on their social media platforms.
“We are happy to announce that eLearning an education platform is available on the ecitizen portal,” reads a post on Twitter. “On this platform digital content can be accessed to improve understanding of talents, life skills and concepts in subjects like Maths and Science.”
Good morning. We are happy to announce that elearning an education platform is available on the ecitizen portal. On this platform digital content can be accessed to improve understanding of talents,life skills and concepts in subjects like Maths&Science. https://t.co/FVrMmhy6Kc pic.twitter.com/sjPK5t96W8
— NITA-Uganda (@NITAUganda1) July 4, 2018
According to Angela Ndagano, a corporate communications officer at Nita, there are currently seventy-five services on the eCitizen portal.
The eCitizen portal is a one-stop online centre for Government online services. Its main objective is to enhance Government service delivery to citizens, non-citizens, businesses and to Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). “The benefits include making Government services more accessible, reducing access cost and queuing at Government offices, transparency, timeliness and increasing the convenience of a transaction with the Government of Uganda anytime and from anywhere,” according to its website.
The portal is systematically structured to offer seamless navigation and quick access to all the services. Services can be accessed through an online search, by subject, by topic or through a given MDA link. The portal allows one to access services such as eTax, Business registration, trading license registration and social security statements among others
To access the eLearning platform, which is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Sports, one is asked to register, and the process only requires your full names, and then a username. Every user has their own password for access.
On the platform, multiples books covering different subjects have been provided. For those who like visual learning, there is also a section for videos. The content provided ranges from pre-secondary to post-primary levels.
Worth noting is that, for this project to be successful and inclusive, it will require the government to support upcountry schools with necessary ICT infrastructure since they are the ones that would require such a service mostly since it is cheaper than buying multiple hard copy material to use in learning.
There is also a need for sensitization to create public awareness about such projects. Nita has been doing this with some government institutions.