On 8th-10th July UgCLA held a training workshop for the Health Camps that it plans in five of its member libraries from 11th-16th August this year. The project is funded by EIFL (Electronic Information For Libraries), and the five participating libraries are Access Knowledge at the Buiga Sunrise project in Mukono District, Busolwe Public Library in Butalejja District, CFYDDI (Centre for Youth Driven Development Initiatives) near Gayaza in Wakiso District, the NambiSseppuuya Community Resource Centre at Igombe in Jinja District, and ORDISEF(Organisation for the Diffusion of Information on Society, Economy, and Finance) in Kasese. A librarian attended from each of these libraries, together with a teacher and a health worker from the same community, and they all worked together to prepare themselves as facilitators of the Health Camps. They learnt how to teach basic computer skills, using software provided by the Maendeleo Foundation. They received ten sanitary kits for distribution to the girls who will participate in the campsand heard a presentation on feminine hygiene from a representative of the manufacturer,AfriPads. They heard a presentation from a health counsellor about sex education for adolescents. They discussed the camp curriculum that provided by UgCLA, previewed that books recommended for reading aloud to the participants, and discussed ways of assessing the participants’ learning. Finally, each library received a collection of books, stationery, games, and other items for use during the camps. All the workshop participants took part enthusiastically in the activities and went away determined to make their camps a great success.
The workshop was held at Kabubbu Resort and Development Centre and was organized by Brenda Musasizi, UgCLA’s coordinator and Enoch Magala, the project coordinator, with the help of UgCLA’s intern from Youth In Development, Christine Madore. Kate Parry helped as a facilitator, and the Chairman and Secretary of UgCLA, Augustine Napagi and Justine Kiyimba, both attended.
UgCLA would like to thank the Kabubbu Resort for its hospitality, the Maendeleo Foundation and AfriPads for partnering with us and donating material, and EIFL, above all, for funding the project.
Participants at the workshop received a detailed curriculum to use when running the camp.
- Each of the libraries that is to run a Health Camp received a large amount of equipment: books, stationery, equipment for playing games, routers for
internet access, and in some cases computers. On the final day of the workshop everyone had a chance to look at the equipment before packing it up to take to their libraries.
Most of the first evening of the Health Camps Training Workshop was spent on exploring software provided by the Maendeleo Foundation for teaching basic Computer skills. Asia Kamukama, a Director of the Foundation, came to explain the best ways of using the software, and she downloaded it onto the computers that participating libraries received for running the camps. Kate Parry 11 July 2014