Milton-Teacher, Bwindi Vulnerable School
CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers taken: 2008
Hometown: Ntungamo parish
Reason for taking the course: Milton believes that “every Ugandan should lean how to use a computer.” He had heard about computers but prior to this course, had no previous experience working with one. Milton personally paid for the Introductory Course and would invest in additional advanced computer training were it to be available locally.
Background: Milton is a school teacher outside of Buhoma, the entry town to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Impact: Milton has been exposed to and has exposed others to a multitude of resources and opportunities via the Internet, which he learned how to use during the Introductory Course on Computers. Milton used his notes from this course to develop a theoretical introduction to computers to his students. His fellow teacher Sylvia, who has not had the benefit of firsthand knowledge of computers, also uses Milton’s notes as the basis for her theoretical computer training course. Milton also learned about, applied for and was accepted to a perm culture program via the Internet. Computer literacy was required for success in this program. Subsequently, Milton has used the Internet to investigate rainwater harvest, seed saving and organic composting and is now using this information to start a demonstration garden at the primary school where he works.
- Milton and Sylvia in front of the demonstration garden
The experience of taking the course has given Milton and other graduates the confidence to enter the world of new information and take advantage of the opportunities it presents.
- Bwindi Vulnerable School
CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers taken: 2008
Occupation: Customer Care Assistant, Bwindi Community Hospital Telecenter
Reason for taking the course: Jeremiah’s dream was to learn to use computers.
Background: Jeremiah was a school teacher in rural area lacking electricity and communications infrastructure, when he registered for the Introductory Course on Computers. As such, he had never had the opportunity to use a computer. He used his own funds to pay for the Introductory Course on Computers and believes it was an extremely worthwhile investment.
Impact: He was able to realize his dream of a technology career due to the availability of local, affordable, and certified computer training. He did not have resources to train in Kampala which was the only other option. Following the course, Jeremiah landed the highly competitive Internet café attendant position at the Bwindi Community Hospital Telecenter, a position which he would not have been eligible for had he not taken the course. From there he was promoted to data entry clerk and then the current Customer Care Assistant position. He notes that “everything in the course helps me do my job,” and he estimates his income has increased 50% since he graduated from the course.
Jeremiah wants to increase his computer knowledge through advanced courses if they were available locally on topics such as website design and computer maintenance and repair.
Conservation Through Public Health enables individuals to realize the technology career dream.
David Matsiko is a graduate of CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers of 2007
Occupation: Community Telecentre Officer and Bwindi Field Office Manager, CTPH
Hometown: Rugando, Kanungu District
Reason for taking the course: David believed that the “world is changing, when one is not computer literate, he will not compete well with others for jobs.” Being an ambitious young man, he was keen on gaining computers skills and become self-sufficient on the computer.
Background: David was the Deputy Head Teacher of geography and political science at a high school in rural Uganda when he registered for the Introductory Course on Computers. He took the course in the evenings after his teaching responsibilities and invested his own money to pay for the course.
Impact: On a personal level, since receiving the Introductory Course on Computers certificate, David considers himself a conservationist. On a professional-level, David’s career has accelerated. He beat out more than a dozen other candidates for CTPH’s Telecenter Internet position and began to teach the Introductory Course to the next generation of students. In less than six months, he was promoted to become the manager of the CTPH Telecenter and a few short months later he became the CTPH Community Telecenter Officer. Fourteen months later, David was responsible for all of CTPH’s activities in Bwindi with his promotion to Bwindi Field Officer.
David now manages a team of five and programs in public health, wildlife health monitoring and sustainable tourism. David estimates that his income has increased 70% since he graduated from the course. David represents a broader scale of leadership emerging from the local community.
David at the CTPH Gorilla Research Clinic
Amos and Emmy in the CTPH Gorilla Research Clinic
Graduates of CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers, 2008
Reason for taking the course: Amos and Emmy both wanted to learn about computers to better prepare for university studies and increase their career prospects in the long-run.
Background: Amos and Emmy were high school students when they took CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers in 2008. Neither had ever used a computer before the course, but both had aspirations for professional careers. Both Amos and Emmy paid for the training out of their own pockets and found it to be worth every schilling.
Impact: CTPH combined computer training with exposure to its Gorilla Research Clinic, where CTPH investigates the intersection of human, wildlife and livestock health and conservation. This combination of computer and conservation training further refined Amos and Emmy’s career interests. Amos gained further exposure to cell biology and Emmy become interested in a career in conservation. Amos is scheduled to begin college for medical instruction in May and Emmy plans to begin his university studies on conservation and tourism in September. Both Amos and Emmy have highly recommended CTPH’s course to their friends and family and would pursue advanced studies if they were available in Buhoma.