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Testimony from David Matsiko, one of the CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers graduate, 2007

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

Testimony from Amos and Emmy-2008 graduates


Amos and Emmy in the CTPH Gorilla Research Clinic
Graduates of CTPH’s Introductory Course on Computers, 2008
Hometown: Buhoma

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.

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.


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

• 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.


Headmaster and Director of Students

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

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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.

• 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.


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