December 6 – 10, 2010

The World Starts With Me (WSWM) is a sexual reproductive health and rights program implemented by SchoolNet Uganda in partnership with the World Population Foundation and the Ministry of Education & Sports currently in 150 secondary schools across the country.

50 students from 50 of the 150 schools in which the program is being implemented gathered at Gayaza High School from 6th – 10th December, 2010 for the camp. The objective of the camp was to train the students as WSWM Student Peer Educators so that they can help teachers implement the program.

During the camp, the students were virtually joined through Elluminate by Allan Kakinda, from iEARN-Uganda who is currently interning at the iEARN-USA Office.  Allan introduced them to the iEARN Collaboration Centre in order to have them engage in global collaborative discussions with other students around the world on issues affecting their communities.  He also shared with the participants his personal testimony on how his participation in iEARN Projects and activities have impacted on his life. Other SchoolNet/iEARN Uganda Alumni participating in the Adobe Youth Voices program also shared their testimonies on how they have benefited from participating in the project with the students in order to inspire them to actively participate in the iEARN Activities.

The students were really excited about attending the virtual presentations and how powerful technology and internet is. The students are now registered and actively participating in several iEARN Projects.

A teacher and student who attended the session reflected on it as follows:

“I had opportunity to experience the iEARN virtual presentation. It was a good demonstration of how the world is becoming a global village. All the participants in the conference could ask questions someone who was miles away”

                                                          - Kenneth E. Lukwago, Teacher, Makerere College School
“From the iEARN presentation, I got to learn a lot of information about the iEARN projects. Before the presentation, though I am an iEARN member, I had never visited the youth forum on the iEARN Collaborative Centre. Allan’s presentation made me learn about a number of iEARN projects. If the technology Allan used was installed in most of the schools around the world, students would learn from others more freely”

                                                          - Rhamulah Bukirwa, Student, PMM Girls School