Friday, May 21, 2010

Uganda - An outreach project to take ICTs to rural districts of Gulu and Amuru

[new vision] A rural information and communication technology project has started in Gulu and Amuru districts.

The project, aimed at equipping residents with skills in the use of internet, was started by Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach-Uganda (Bosco), an NGO under the Gulu Catholic diocese.

It is being implemented in Bungatira and Paicho sub-counties in Gulu and Lamogi and Pabbo sub-counties in Amuria.

David Aliker, the project co-ordinator, said they aim at raising the education standards in the Acholi sub-region, which has lagged behind following the LRA insurgency.

"With help from the education ministry, we are posting textbooks on our website so that all teachers can access them," Aliker said.

He added that with rural internet service, the community would get access to the human rights bodies and report violations.

Aliker said there are seven internet centres in Pagak and Lacor in Lamogi sub-county, three in Pabbo and Coo-pe in Bungatira sub-county and one in Unyama, Paicho sub-county.

The internet is run on solar power. trainees pay sh2,000, while services like photocopying, typing and printing are charged to generate income for the project.U

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