It was a sweet and busy Thursday morning at Kololo SSS when the school hosted the International Girls in ICT Day. This annual event is celebrated every 25th of April. This year’s celebration was held at Kololo Senior Secondary School under the theme Leadership. The chief guest at the event was Dr. Aminah Zawedde, the PS of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance. The other invited guests included Eng. Christine Mujimba, the Director, Uganda Communication Commission, Mr. Tibanya Joseph, ICT Curriculum Specialist at the National Curriculum Development Centre; and a host of other schools like Iganga Girls School and ST. Lawrence SS-Namugongo, among others. The event is meant to empower the girl child to take part in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers since females have few representations in such careers.

Mr. Kanoonya Edward, the head teacher of Kololo Senior Secondary School, noted in his welcome remarks that an inclusive digital economy would boost the learning capacity of educational institutions and enhance skill acquisition. However, he pointed out that schools such as Kololo SSS are waiting for the time when digital gadgets will be used in schools by the students, just like they have pens and exercise books for writing.

Dr. Aminah Zawedde, the event’s chief guest, appreciated the initiatives of different schools to educate, inspire, and support female students to become digital experts. Thereafter, she applauded the girls who enrolled in the ‘CODING CLASSES’ and challenged them to take up the task of championing the activity seriously. She appealed to the girls to follow three principles: praying, planning, and being hardworking. She called upon girls to take part in ITU courses and pursue STEM careers because they form the foundation of ICT. She then declared the function officially opened and wished all the girls success in championing the ‘CODING PROGRAMME’ and enlarging the digital space for the girls in Uganda.

In the same way, Eng Christine Mujimba shared her life experience, which inspired many girls, and they made a commitment to look up to her as their role model. She reminded girls that they need to assert themselves more because of their fragile nature. She encouraged unity among girls and told them to use all the opportunities to gain exposure and not take them for granted.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was a presentation by Nibiri Angel Sarah, a beneficiary of the Andrew Bada Lee Scholarship Scheme. Sarah, who began her coding journey with Andrew’s Coding Camp and continues to learn through Andrew’s online coding sessions every Saturday from 4 pm to 5:30 pm via Zoom, showcased her impressive coding skills. The students who attended the ITU academy course “Introduction to technical and soft skills with the African Girls Can Code Initiative” received certificates, presented by the Director of UCC, Eng. Christine Mujimba.

The event concluded with these presentations, demonstrating the significant progress and potential of the participating girls in the field of ICT.

(Article written by members of the Writers’ Club: Nantege Mellisa, Kabonesa Shirat 2/1 and Babirye Hanisha 4/4)