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Lira University gets ICT equipment for SET-SRHR project

By Patrick Opio

Senior Communications Officer

The Dutch government, through the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) under the “Strengthening Education and Training in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights” (SET-SRHR) project in Uganda, has donated the assorted ICT equipment to Lira University.

While receiving the equipment on Tuesday (11th October 2022), the Vice Chancellor, Prof Jasper Ogwal Okeng noted that the support will boost virtual training programmes at the university. He praised the project funders adding that the partnership had yielded fruits by boosting teaching and learning process in the institution.

“We do not rely only on physical lectures but rather online teaching, offering learning opportunities to students from across the world. This has been made possible with the help of IT advancement we have adapted into the university system,” Prof Ogwal Okeng asserts.

The VC noted that although Lira University is one of the youngest Public Universities in Uganda, it has exhibited a steady growth with research and development partners from across the world.

The equipment consists of video conferencing equipment to support online training and delivery, 2 projectors, 2 projector screens, a printer and a public address system. The equipment are primarily for the SRHR Centre. The total cost of the equipment is 21000 euros (about Ush78Million).

Abraham Opito, SET-SRHR Project Technical Advisor, on behalf of the Overall Project Director for the SET-SRHR, Professor Auma Okwany, handed over the assorted equipment to the VC to be used at the SRHR Centre for Lira University.

“The equipment are part of a larger package of support which have been provided with funding from the NUFFIC under the SET-SRHR Project,” Opito explains.

Opito named other areas of support as the construction of SRHR Centre, provision of furniture and training of Master Trainers who will integrate SRHR curriculum in relevant courses and programs at the university and offer SRHR information, counselling and referrals to students and neighbouring communities.

According to Opito, the SET-SRHR Project aimed at strengthening SRHR education and training capacity and contributing towards sustainable demographic and human capital development and inclusive economic growth in Uganda. It has been implemented by a consortium led by the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rutgers in the Netherlands and Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala and Nsamizi Institute of Social Studies in Uganda.

Opito observed that the support will not only improve SRHR education and training outcomes here at the University but also contribute towards improving SRHR indicators including improved access to SRHR information and services for young people, reduction in teenage pregnancy, family planning services and management of STI’s including HIV/AIDS.

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