Informal means of information have become the major sources of information for Ugandans as regards to civic education, according to a survey conducted by the Centre for Basic research between 2003 and 2018 in 20 selected districts.
The project coordinator, CBR, Dr. Frank Muhereza said places of worship ,social groups gathering and places like bars ,bural ,now provide a platform for many people to access such information.
Meanwhile the survey showed that many Ugandans are reluctant to demand for such kind of information.
Muhereza asserted that the study will be available and will engage some of the stakeholders to the pursue informal education in such mentioned places.
He said if someone has lost his or her dear ones, this becomes an opportunity for informal education to take shape in way that will not look like an inconvenience to the bereaved families.
He said:”we need to find ingenuous ways of working around without making it look like an inconveniences for the bereaved families. All what this information is saying that people are receiving information from non conventional ,non formal channels,”
Kamadi Byonamwe,the Director Research Uganda Human Rights Commission, said it is not criminal to disseminate information to the masses in a non conventional areas.
“We pay taxes as citizens and we expect service delivery so there is nothing wrong to talk about a road which has not been fixed or education a services which are working in some areas. Such a person is demanding for what he or she is expected to demand,”he said.
He noted that civic education empowers people to be well informed active citizens by giving them an opportunity to change the world around them.
He added that this education is a vital part of democracy and equips ordinary people with knowledge about democracy and their constitution.