Learning through Radio and TV challenges refugees in Uganda

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

Electronic teaching has become a challenge to refugees’ children in Uganda due to the absence of television and radio sets in the settlements.

However, most refugees’ families lack radio sets as well as televisions to access the electronic media learning program.

Solomon Osakan, the Refugees Desk Officer, in the Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Refugees told Juba Monitor that the few TV sets in the settlements were for commercial purpose.

Osakan added that some partner organizations have managed to perjure learning materials to refugee children.

“In the refugees settlement, we don’t have many television sets, few television sets were put for watching football and they are for commercial purpose,” the RDO disclosed.

Osakan said social distancing is a challenge due to lack of enough space inside the TV halls.

He said there were few radios that the refugees could use to listen to lessons, and what is going on with some partners in education. Partners like Windle Trust, Plan International, ZOA among others have been buying question papers and distributing them to refugee children for learning.

“But in terms of radio, the coverage is very small but they welcomed the idea that government wants to distribute radios to all children studying in Uganda,” he added.

He said the radio distribution would also involve refugees and saying the challenge would be lack of power for the televisions.

At least the network for the FM in Arua district is very clear including the Koboko District and Yumbe. They can cover all refugee settlements in West Nile, he said.

Osakan appealed for cooperation amongst the refugees during this difficult moment of coronavirus pandemic, he said it was a worldwide problem not only for them as refugees. He called for frequent hand washing, keeping social distancing and wearing of facemasks in the pubic in the camps.

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