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SchoolNet Uganda in partnership with iEARN-USA and Adobe Foundation is piloting a new project called Abobe Youth Voices (AYV).

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is a global philanthropy initiative that empowers youth worldwide to comment on their world using multimedia and digital tools to communicate and share their ideas, demonstrate their potential, and take action in their communities.

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) initiative engages youth from communities worldwide in exploring and commenting on their world using video, multimedia, digital art, web, animation, and audio. AYV initiative enhances the skills and knowledge of educators to use the multimedia tools more effectively with youth, and widely exhibits the student work in community, broadcast and online forums.

This online course is currently being attended by six Uganda educators (4 teachers one from each of the first four selected schools and two SchoolNet Uganda staff). The Uganda educators underwent a six-week online orientation Course with their colleagues from Argentina, Belarus, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Uganda, and USA.

This six week online course was designed to introduce the educators to the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program and help them as educators to more effectively support youth media making and to guide young people to truly Create with Purpose.

The Uganda teachers from the 8 remaining pilot schools will undergo a similar 6 week online training course in Feb 2009 with teachers from other countries.

Course Prerequisites

1. Basic word processing , Internet and e-mailing skills
2. Reliable access to a computer and Internet.
3. Availability to commit at least 4 hours a week to course activities.
4. Students with whom to work with throughout the course period.
5. Working knowledge of English.

Required materials

1. Internet access
2. Working e-mail account
3. An updated version of a Web browser.
4. Acrobat reader.
5. No books are required; all readings are made available through the Internet.
6. Eagerness to learn and share with others.

Course objectives

The goals of this course are for the teachers to:

1. Get a full overview of the philosophy of the AYV program and what is expected of them, their sites (schools) and the youth they will be working with as part of the program.
2. Gain an understanding of the value and methodologies of youth media making.
3. Gain a clear understanding of the various media formats in which youth work can be created.
4. Learn about the steps and stages of facilitating effective youth media making.
5. Explore community connections and think about strategies for building and engaging audiences.
6. Be exposed to models of instructional practices as it relates to working with media and youth.

Course features

• Reading with short quizzes.
• Online discussion and sharing based on readings and activities.

Course outline
(6 Oct – 12 Oct) 2008: Week 1: Orientation and Introduction

  • Get acquainted with the online learning environment.
  • Meet your peers and facilitators.
  • Lean about the AYV program goals and youth media.
  • Explore sample youth media projects.

(13 Oct – 19 Oct) 2008: Week 2: Youth Centered Instruction

  • Introduce Youth Centered Instruction Strategies and media making for personal and social change.
  • Practice asking and facilitating questions using the “inquiry-based learning approach”.

(20 Oct – 26 Oct) 2008: Week 3: Process, Product and Presentation

(27 Oct – 2 Nov) 2008: Week 4: Media Forms and Formats

  • Explore the Adobe Premiere and Photoshop Elements of the software.
  • Introduce the Production stages for creating Youth Media and strategies for integrating youth media into school-based curriculum.
  • Explore the different ways of integrating youth media into curriculum and programming.

(3 Nov – 9 Nov) 2008: Community Collaboration and Exhibition

  • Introduce community collaboration and exhibition.
  • Explore your own community resources.
  • Practice asset mapping and uploading media to online collaboration centre.

(10 Nov – 16 Nov) 2008: Week 6: Critical Response and Project Plan Summaries

  • Introduce your own professional development plans and collaboration ideas to continue partnering with each other.
  • Explore each others’ project plans.
  • Practice reviewing, reflecting and pitching project ideas.
  • Wrap up & next stages.




Over the years, SchoolNet Uganda has received a number of International and national awards for its contribution to ICT4D. Some of the awards are:

  1. Stockholm Challenge Finalist
  2. The Golden Nica Award by Prix Ars Electronica
  3. ICT Capacity Development Award by Uganda Communication Commission
  4. The Uganda Annual Best FOSS Integration Case Award, 2005