There were celebrations today as Oasis Academy Musoto announced its new IT classroom open.
The pupils of the primary academy in Musoto, outside of the town of Mbale in Uganda, joined for a community celebration as the new facility was officially opened.
The classroom, housed in a repurposed shipping container, is equipped with 127 new PCs requiring low power consumption, a data projector and screen and provides internet access. Outside school hours, the new IT classroom will be available to the community and local social enterprises.
The project is a collaboration between the team at Oasis Academy Musoto, Oasis Community Learning multi-academy trust, and ITEC, one of the UK’s leading technology managed service providers. As part of its role in the partnership, ITEC is also funding the recruitment of a local IT technician to support the classroom.
It is hoped that the project will improve access to computer and internet skills in Musoto, and connect the school and its students with Oasis academy schools in the UK to enable remote lessons across continents and collaborative learning projects.
The IT classroom project was the idea of ITEC Chief Executive Nick Orme, and Oasis Community Learning’s Chief Operating Officer John Barneby. Nick led a team from ITEC to Musoto to complete the final installation, supported by Oasis’s Head of Strategic IT Projects, Jim Gardner.
Alvin Muhwezi, Director of Oasis Uganda says: “The new IT classroom will equip our teachers with resources from the internet and for the first time children in our community will get to know basic computer skills, preparing them for their working lives ahead.”
Jim Gardner, Head of Strategic IT Projects, says, “It was a privilege to travel to Musoto in Uganda for the delivery of this special project. This is not the end of the journey however, we are excited about the opportunities the classroom provides our students and the wider community now, and we look forward to making the most of new ways to engage with Oasis Uganda in the future.”