Can a Ugandan village keep its computers running? | Richard M Kavuma

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jan 7 2013, 09:20:42

Funding for Katine's computer centre runs out in a year, and it's down to local residents to come up with a sustainable plan

It's lunchtime, and teenagers, some in school uniform, are huddled around a large boardroom-style table with ageing laptops in Amref's office in Katine.

Some of the youngsters seem to be fascinated by the gadgets. Others are moving the mouse around, clicking to open a Word document, and watching in awe as a press of a finger on a keyboard forms familiar marks on the screen. Under the eye of an intern trainer, others point excitedly at webpages, their whispers barely audible against the din from the diesel generator outside.

This is the Katine community media resource centre, one of the legacies of the four-year Katine Community Partnerships Project. When I worked here two years ago, we had five desktop computers, a couple of which were chronically unreliable. The initial idea was to use the resource centre and the internet to increase interaction between the community, Guardian readers and the rest of the world. But computer literacy proved a big challenge. My colleague, Joseph Malinga, a community reporter on the project, and I had to teach people how to use keyboards and mouses.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Ouganda:   Le HCR condamne fermement l'enlèvement de réfugiés congolais par des rebelles de la LRA (press release)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
27 March 2015

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Karin de Gruijl - à qui toute citation peut être attribuée - lors de la conférence de presse ... [read more]

Ouganda:   Le HCR condamne l'enlèvement de réfugiés congolais par des rebelles de la LRA (press release)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
27 March 2015

Le HCR a indiqué que 15 réfugiés congolais et un ressortissant congolais avaient été enlevés par la LRA près de la frontière entre la ... [read more]

Ouganda:   Le HCR condamne l'enlèvement de réfugiés congolais par des rebelles de la LRA (news)
UN News Service
27 March 2015

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a condamné fermement vendredi l'enlèvement de réfugiés congolais par l'Armée de ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!