1) How can one identify and detect that the solar product is genuine?; (2) Can we assume this is research going on? What are the long term health effects of solar products to the community as compared to Phone effect e.g. effects of radiation, cancer related?; (3) If spoilt, who can help rectify the solar? Are there recommended companies of CREEC trained personnel down here since CREEC is based in Kampala?; (4) Where is BOSCO-Uganda located and area of Operation?; (5) Why is BOSCO-Uganda not in Opit?; (6) Are there other activities being done by BOSCO-Uganda other than computer training?
Questions from communities/participants answered, explanations on warranty and guarantee clarified.
Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach-Uganda (BOSCO-Uganda) had the pleasure of joining Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) during a Solar Awareness Workshop at Renewable Energy Powered Business Information Center (REBIC)-Northern Farmers Community Initiative, held on Friday 16th. May 2014 at Opit-Lalogi Sub County. Approximately 200-300 people converged at the event.
It all started at around 9:30 am with the arrival of different community members and invitees. Different institutions, local/approved solar companies were recognized and had the opportunity to show case their products and services.
Companies represented included: – Dasmond Technologies, Davis and Shirtliff, CREEC and BOSCO-Uganda. Other stakeholders present were Local government of Opit-Lalogi the sub county, civil servants of the area, students of REBIC center and general community.
Robert Komakech, BOSCO-Uganda Field Coordinator represented BOSCO-Uganda at the solar awareness workshop. The Field Coordinator did social market BOSCO-Uganda while highlighting that BOSCO-Uganda is a not-for-profit faith based organization under the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu in Northern Uganda that popularizes the use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for the Development of rural communities in Northern Uganda; The Solar component system is used for the low powered computers and/or lighting at the different ICT Sites. The Field Coordinator added that in addition to the Entrepreneurial activities in the different communities, BOSCO-Uganda has got three different training packages: – (1) Web 2.0, Office Applications & Life Skills Training, (2) Leadership and Management Training and (3) Basic Maintenance and Management of ICT Equipment Training; all targeting both the educated and non-educated, Luo being the main language for instruction with emphasis placed on a more practical and less theoretical training approach. He also emphasized that BOSCO-Uganda has got a needs assessment tool that informs the survey, assessment and identification of community/youth groups for partnership.
A wealth of other issues touched included: – Danger & practical illustrations of Kerosene lanterns e.g. high daily costs, air pollution, fire hazards, health issues VS Solar lamp as alternatives-a safe technology free from bad health issues, has got low daily costs, no air pollution, no fire hazards. For more information on workshop content, please see link below “guidebook for solar products”.
After the Quiz and award (solar lamp products and T-shirts) session, Hon. Okelakwo Anthony of Lalogi Sub county made the closing remarks; thereafter the workshop was adjourned at 2:00pm by the Mr. Otto Lubila-REBIC Managing Director.
This event is one of the outcomes of the programme Intervention Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) implemented by BOSCO-Uganda with support from Accenture Foundation through University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. Under this partnership, a Solar Training Workshop (29 July 2013 to 2 August 2013) organised by BOSCO-Uganda was held and facilitated by resource persons (trainers) from “Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation” -College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology; Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda) targeting 19 Participants including BOSCO-Uganda staff; CE3 Community Solar Technicians from the three Project partner Sites (Lacor St. Mary’s College-Amuru District, King James Comprehensive School-Lira District and Pabbo Sub County-Amuru District) ICT site users & volunteers; interns from Makerere University, University of Notre Dame and Gulu University). Please click here for a pictorial of the Solar Training