Figure 1; Mrs. Elizabeth Rwamwenge the deputy principal of Canon Apollo
Fifteen months into the implementation of a project aimed at improving literacy and parent involvement in secondary schools and PTCs, Canon Apollo has adapted the use of bulk sms for administrative purposes especially inviting parents for meetings.
According to Mrs. Elizabeth Rwamwenge the deputy principal of Canon Apollo, most of the parents come from as far as Busheyi, Mbarara and Kabale among other districts. “We would use circulars yet many parents cannot read and on many occasions students would not deliver the circulars”. The college also attempted to use a local radio to reach parents but the coverage of radio is limited and so the message would not be received.
After a meeting with CfSU/RWECO and Text to change schools were tasked to collect relevant telephone numbers so as to use the bulk SMS for communication with different stake holders.
“It is evident that in the past not many parents would turn up for meetings but with the use of bulk sms platform in 2012/2013, the college received the biggest PTA turn up ever and we are beginning to see an improvement in parent involvement at the college” emphasized Mrs Rwamwenge.
This is part of the three year Dutch Consortium ( Connect for Change) funded project implemented in western Uganda implemented by CfSU in partnership with RWECO for the period 2012-2014.