On May 18th, BOSCO-Uganda was awarded the Rural E-Services Award and was 1st Runner Up in the Exhibition Competition for the Annual Communications Innovation Award (ACIA) organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). Launched in 2011, the award “aims to create a channel for identifying, generating interest and recognition of various stakeholders in advancing availability and access to modern and innovative communications services.”
BOSCO-Uganda’s application is entitled “Villages for ICT: Connecting people, Preserving Culture.” In line with the Government of Uganda launched Peace, Recovery, and Development Plan for the northern region of Uganda, BOSCO-Uganda’s programs help establish communications infrastructure while enhancing economic growth. This allows young people an opportunity to enhance their opportunities through access to educational scholarships and entrepreneurial programs only accessible through the Internet and other ICT mediums.
Ideally, BOSCO-Uganda’s technology can be easily replicated in any rural or urban area in
Sub-Saharan Africa. BOSCO-Uganda has found that teaching ICT skills through Web 2.0 applications and office applications has allowed local populations to navigate the Internet and be pro-active about their own needs. BOSCO-Uganda’s Web 2.0 training is open-source and can be adapted to any environment, even places where electricity is scarce or non-existent as we used solar-powered solutions.
Currently, BOSCO-Uganda is located at 25 different sites in northern Uganda. These sites include: schools, dedicated community ICT centres, and NGO/CBO offices in a mix of both rural and urban locations. See the site map below for an overview of the BOSCO-Uganda network. BOSCO-Uganda has plans to expand to Kitgum and Pader Districts of northern Uganda in the near future!