mind geneva;”> The initiative has put together a comprehensive standardized curriculum based on 12 thematic modules through which Ugandans will be enlightened more about major issues concerning their government.
The first modules entail information about constitutionalism, citizenship, human rights, democracy, multiparty system, good governance, service delivery, leadership, accountability access to justice among others.
Speaking at the launch of the resource center in Kampala on Friday, Executive Director Uganda Project Implementation and Management Center [UPIMAC] Mr W.S Nyambogo said that this kind of information had for long been unavailable, despite its high demand especially amongst the semi illiterate youths in the country.
“Ugandans are getting more and more engaged in their government and politics, and so, every now and again, hot debates and discussions ensue, but sadly most of these are not backed with facts,” he said.
With the help of the Uganda National Curriculum Development Centre, the new standardized civic education materials , will be available in soft and hard copies in 32 public libraries in 11 districts, before being fully rolled out to the rest of the county by 2015.
The selected libraries according to Nyambogo have already been fitted with computers and internet connectivity.
Key government players involved with civil society in this cause include; Office of the Prime minister, Judicial Service Commission, the IGG, UHRC Electoral Commission and the National Library of Uganda, with funding (1.7bn) from the Democratic Governance Facility [DGF].
The information Nyambogo said will also be available on their new and vibrant website www.cerc-ug.org where Ugandans will be able to access, download such documents as they national constitution, articles on human rights and good governance among others.
Guest speaker at the function and Dutch ambassador to Uganda HE Alphons Hannekens hailed this effort by the civil society and government and said that it would go a long way in enhancing democratic government in the country.