By Patrick Kagenda
MultiChoice Uganda, the leading and oldest pay television company in the country, during the month of October 2013 launched the MultiChoice Resource Center (MRC) project in 15 schools in Western Uganda. The programme, which is a partnership between MultiChoice Uganda and the Ministry of Education will be availed to Maddox Secondary School, Kyenjojo Secondary School and Kisojo Secondary School in Kyenjojo district, Humura Secondary School and Wekomire Secondary School in Kyegegwa district, Rwamwanja Secondary School in Kamwenge district, Mpanga Parents Secondary School, Nyakasura Secondary School and Rusekere Secondary School in Kabarole district, Semuliki Secondary School, Rwebisengo Secondary School, St Mary’s Secondary School – Simbya in Bundibugyo district , Kulhe Secondary School and SAAD Memorial Secondary School, in Kasese district, and Nyabuhikye Secondary School in Ibanda. The 15 schools bring the number to 50 schools in Uganda that MultiChoice Uganda has availed the resource centre facility.
Launching the project, the General Manager, MultiChoice Uganda, Mr. Charles Hamya said “As a company, we have long showed our commitment to the country through 14 years of dedicated visual aid facilitation to the education sector. This has been made possible by our growing partnership with the Ministry of Education without which we would not be able to launch the project here today. It is the belief of both MultiChoice Uganda and the Ministry of Education that the use of Multimedia such as the PVR decoder and TV can play a tremendous role as a catalyst for improved education quality thus encouraging us to expand the program further,” adding “To date, there are over 900 MultiChoice Resource Centers established in over 25 countries in Africa including Uganda’s now 50 MultiChoice Resource Centers.”
In his speech as Guest of Honour, the Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Mr. Baritazale Benson said, “The use of technology in education holds tremendous potential for institutions and students to widen the scope of their knowledge and excel not only in the theory taught in the classroom but also in the practical knowledge. We have been given an opportunity to not only impact on the already existing knowledge that our students have but to also open their minds to all the possibilities and events taking place in the rest of the world.”
Baritazale further said that, “The use of modern technology to enhance learning has been used in various countries in the world with remarkable success registered. Our partnership with MultiChoice Uganda has yielded similar results over the years and we are indeed grateful to them and such other companies that understand the importance of giving back to communities in which they operate.”
The MultiChoice Resource Center programme which started in 1999 aims to curve out a path for future generations to prosper through educational content that is relevant to the student’s curriculum.
Baritazale also said that, “The strategic partnership between MultiChoice and the Ministry of Education has helped to ensure that the ministry`s e-education models are relevant to the country’s education curriculum through the DStv Education Bouquet offering. Comprising nine premium and informative television channels, the bouquet combines sound and imagery of television to provide a powerful education media.”