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Benefits of the CTPH Telecentre

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.

IMG_3466Milton 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.

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Jeremiah at the Bwindi Community Hospital Internet Cafe

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Jeremiah

CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers taken: 2008
Occupation: Customer Care Assistant, Bwindi Community Hospital Telecenter
Hometown: Buhoma
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.


Testimony from Nyamiyaga Sec School

Nyamiyaga Secondary School
Administrators of and participants in the Intercultural Interaction program
Location: Buhoma

Background: A government-funded high school with approximately 250 students. The school is situated on the border of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The school does not have electricity or textbooks – school administrators note that they do not even have enough funds to purchase a weekly newspaper. All but three of last year’s graduating class achieved high enough grades to qualify for university studies, but few had the financial resources to pursue these studies.

Relationship to CTPH: Nyamiyaga Secondary School has worked with CTPH since 2009 on a pilot test of the Intercultural Interaction program. A small number of Nyamiyaga students were exposed to computers and shared thoughts about conservation and their lives with students at High Tech School in the United States.

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Nyamiyaga Secondary School participants in the Intercultural Interaction program and CTPH’s Bwindi Field Office Manager

Impact:
• For students – a leap from 19th Century to 21st Century educational systems. They had their first-time exposure to a computer and the wealth of information available online.
• For administrators and teachers – overcome the “lack of information,” which is the biggest problem faced by this rural and resource-constrained institution.
• For the world: Students in the United States were exposed to the lives and realities of their peers in rural Uganda and the ecological significance of the Bwindi area.

Students as well as school administrators are keen on continuing and even expanding the Intercultural Interaction program, pending additional financial resources.

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Headmaster and Director of Students

Testimonials from employer and peers of graduate of CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers

Dear Readers
I am pleased to inform you that CTPH Telecentre brught a big impact to the community.
The following are some of the testimonies from its users. Visit here for more testimonies

Administrators of and participants in the Intercultural Interaction program
Location: Buhoma

Background: A donor-dependent, primary school in rural Uganda serving orphans and the marginalized Batwa (formerly “pygmy”) populations since 1994. The school does all its work on paper with no electricity or computer facilities but teaches computer education in its curricula and prepares financial reports for international donors. Last year’s entire graduating class went on to high school, very rare for rural schools in Uganda.

Relationship to CTPH: Buhoma Community Primary School has worked with CTPH since 2006, and approximately half of its teachers graduated from the Introductory Course on Computers in 2008. Older students are exposed to computers and conservation principles via CTPH and the school is currently pilot-testing the Intercultural Interaction program in which students engage with their peers in schools in the United States.

Impact:
• For students – gain an opportunity to interact beyond their village horizon to the other side of the world, to both learn from and educate their peers in the United States.
• For teachers – become more effective and confident in teaching computers and communications, an existing part of the curriculum, because they had actual computer exposure and training.
• For administrators – enable faster and richer communication with school’s major financial supporters
• For the world: ability to couple conservation messages and intercultural understanding with technology training.

Everyone at the school who had not participated in previous training was interested in resumed training opportunities, and those with training were interested in more advanced skills.

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Buhoma Community Primary School Headmaster and participants in the Intercultural Interaction program and CTPH’s Bwindi Field Office Manager