Young innovative pupils of Parental Care Bushenyi have defended their position to represent South Western region in the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ACIA awards.
Parental Care Primary school were crowned winners during UCC’s annual regional young innovators challenge held on Tuesday at Mbarara High School library in Mbarara.
The Annual Communication Innovation Awards ACIA Awards initiative was established in 2010 UCC and since its establishment; various innovations have been recognized and awarded in different ways, prostate countrywide according to Mr. Andrew Changa South Western region manager at UCC.
While speaking to Chimpreports, rx Mr. Changa said that the initiative is aimed at bringing up new young minds in the ICT innovation world.
Over 10 primary schools in south western region submitted their participation but only two schools were nominated, where Parental care emerged the winner while Mbarara preparatory was the 1st runners in the rising stars.
The two will represent the region at the national level challenge slated for 26th may 2017 in Kampala.
Mbarara high school the hosts emerged the best in the explorers’ category while hillside academy passed through as the 1st runners in the innovation competitions.
Judges commented that the level of presentation for the primary level was far better than secondary school students, commending the support of their teachers.
The best schools were awarded with medals, and other gifts and will join the national competitions which will include schools and universities’ participation from regions of Western, Central, South Western, west Nile, Northern, and Eastern regions.
“You will not get the actual names of schools which will compete; it’s kind of discreet. If you make it public it will divert the essence of having it as a competition,” said Changa.
He said that ICT innovation is the development to move Uganda to the middle income status in response to the president’s call.
“We are not going to start innovations at a mature stage, that’s why we have involved schools starting from primary level as you saw in the rising stars then the explorers in the secondary level,” he said.
“If these primary kids go to secondary you’re not going to deceive or teach them the relevance of ACIA because they are already aware and can be our ambassadors across the neighboring schools.”
Changa Urged students to put emphasis in ICT innovation promising that government is willing to continue supporting them since it’s the only way to go.
The schools which participated include; Bushenyi Parental Care, Mbarara P/S School, Mbarara High school, St. Kagwa High school and Hillside Academy.