The Computer Training Center (CTC) Project is an IT initiative of Edu Child Foundation Uganda (ECFUG – Uganda) that is aimed at equipping students, teachers, and youth in the rural Ugandan community of Nebbi with Computer skills, empowering them with information, knowledge, and skills in information technology, a much-needed competence in today’s fast-growing tech-directed world.
The transformation of the information and communication sector in the last decades opened enormous opportunities and challenges in the world. Information and communication technologies have most importantly redefined the channels of participatory and inclusive development processes. This has brought about a lot of excitement but little efforts have been done to provide tailored services, guidance, and information strictly directed to benefit those in hard to reach (rural) places for their adaptation to the new world system of communication and work.
The challenge of access for all, relevancy, and participation have preoccupied the IT campaigns in different proportions in the developing world. For those living in remote parts of the world, like in Nebbi (Uganda), exposure to IT training or learning spaces is scarce. For example, sources today a lot of job opportunities are on the internet, study opportunities or centers for scholarships, and others; are all online and without IT skills, those affected are at a disadvantage in accessing these opportunities. People living in rural areas like Nebbi are completely forgotten, yet they contribute a big percentage toward national development. With the lack of IT training centers in these communities, the people are left out on ITs advancements which are prerequisites for modern-day livelihood and collaboration including employment.
As a strategy to bring about maximum benefit, Edu Child Foundation Uganda, through CTC Initiative hopes to establish a learning/training center for students, teachers, and youth in its communities of operation in Nebbi district, to offer training in the use and application of ITs for educational and personal growth, as well as enterprise development and Economic Empowerment.
We believe that IT provides unlimited access to information, economic and social resources that are needed by all people in the world. ECFUG – is convinced that providing access to IT skills, will empower its beneficiaries with key knowledge and skills to make effective decisions, open wide learning and employment opportunities, and also build capacity to use IT within their rural community contexts for fostering both personal and community development.
Therefore, well aware of the need to provide information, knowledge, and skills in rural Uganda, especially among the younger generation, ECFUG – under Computer Training Initiative is establishing the learning center as a service facility center where students, teachers, and other young people in the communities of operation will have an opportunity to receive training in Computer skills, have access to Internet and email, a much-needed skill for the 21st-century world.
The CTC Initiative targets to benefit three groups namely; students, teachers, and Vulnerable Out-of-school Community Youth.
In the entire Nebbi District, there’s hardly any school that offers computer literacy programs for students in lower primary/secondary schools, yet it is such a critical skill today. As a result, these students graduate from these schools short of the vital IT competence that puts them at a disadvantage in the competitive marketplace they end up in.
Because of the poorly equipped and facilitated learning or education system in Uganda, a lot of teachers especially those in primary schools do not have the chance to access IT Skills. As a result, the majority of Primary School Teachers especially those in remote parts of the country like Nebbi hardly have IT competence. Consequently, ECFUG, through the CTC Initiative hopes to open up an opportunity for teachers within Nebbi District interested in acquiring the basic knowledge in computer and information technology to enroll and benefit from this project in order to better their educational competency and harness a good chance at competing in the market place.
The CTC Initiative will also benefit Vulnerable Out-of-school Community Youth who have no livelihood skills with the basic IT skills and graphics designs to empower them with vital IT employment/employable skills through which they can have a source of income.
ABOUT THE CTC PROJECT
The CTC will be equipped with ten (10) computers/laptops, 1 Projector or a Screen/Monitor (32” Flat Screen), sharing one printer, and an information resource center. Members of the community especially students, teachers, and the youth shall have an opportunity to come and receive training in computer skills, as well as/and read the information in the resource center. The CTC will be open from 8.00 AM and closed late at 5.30 PM every day (Monday to Saturday) to ensure that those who want to study computer skills get time to have access to the computers.
From the day of its launch, the training center shall open from 8.00 AM and close late at 5.30 PM every day (Monday to Saturday) to ensure that those who want to acquire computer skills have access to laptops/computers for training/practice.
The CTC Initiative specifically focuses on the computer illiteracy/information gap in the communities served in Nebbi and targets to benefit students, teachers, and young people in the community. It is housed at the ECFUG office located on Plot 30-32, Goli-Kei Road, Nebbi Municipal Council. Two volunteers are employed to run the CTC project as trainers.