Stanford Mukasa, Journalism Department, presented a paper at the 9th International Conference on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for Development, Education, and Training in Kampala, Uganda, May 28–31. The conference was attended by about 1,500 delegates from around the world.
In his presentation, Mukasa discussed the strategies for involving African diaspora in educational development and capacity-building in their home countries. Mukasa reflected on his experience in the capacity-building project in journalism and mass media studies for four Somalia universities which was funded by the World Bank and UNDP–Somalia from 2003 to 2010. The project had the institutional support of IUP, and Mukasa trained more than 300 Somali journalists through distance education.
In addition, Mukasa assisted four universities in securing funding from Unesco to purchase equipment for the universities’ community radio broadcast systems.
In 2010, the U.S.-based National Endowment for Democracy awarded a grant for Mukasa to train Somali women journalists at one of the Somali universities—Puntland State University.
Mukasa also discussed an ongoing project for the Ministry of Education and Bindura University for Science Education in Zimbabwe (BUSE). Two years ago, IUP professors, at the request of Mukasa, donated more than 2,000 science textbooks which were shipped to BUSE.
At the Uganda conference, Mukasa held discussions with the e-learning manager at Makerere University; the Zimbabwe Minister of Education; the pro-vice chancellor of BUSE; the owner and chancellor of the newly-opened Uganda Technology and Management University; and the rector of African Virtual University, which in 2003 contracted IUP to develop distance education courses for a number of African countries, particularly Somalia. These discussions opened new possibilities for future collaboration in distance education.
Follow-up meetings are planned at two conferences in Kenya and Tanzania next year. Mukasa has been invited to share his expertise and experience in international collaboration in distance learning.
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