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