On 27 and 28 September 2016, BOSCO Uganda’s Technical department completed the installation of a new ICT Centre in Amuru Parish, Amuru District. The centre has been named “Amuru Lamogi Old Girls and Old Boys Association ICT Centre”. It is the first of five ICT Centres that BOSCO Uganda intends to install this year. The installation process of the ICT Centre involved four key stages:
1. Delivery of Items and inventory check: This was the first stage that involved checking of the materials included in the inventory against the actual items taken to the site. This task was performed by the site committee and the BOSCO team members.
2. Solar / Electrical Installation: The Installation of the electrical/Solar system of the ICT center involved; installation of a solar array, a battery bank, a charge controller and inverter, wiring of the components including power outlets for the computers and printers, and carrying out the grounding/earth resistance of the building and lightening arrester system.
3. Computer and ICT Materials Installation. This involved installation and testing of the ICT materials and their accessories, installation of computer operating systems, installation of a printer, and demonstration of the functionality of the ICT equipment together with the community members.
4. ICT Site end user training and handover. This was the last stage following installation. The BOSCO team gave basic troubleshooting guides to the community members present at the site. They were also given a chance to try out the system and ask any questions. A Fault escalation procedure and reporting contact was also shared with them, including the necessary system passwords.
The team experienced a few challenges during the installation process. The team was slowed down by a faulty cordless drilling machine. As a result they had to recharge the cordless drill three times to complete drilling on the roof so as to complete the solar panel installation. The team was also faced with a shortage of foot wear /safety shoes for roof climbing – there was only one safety shoe fit to climb the roof as others were slippery. Rainy weather conditions also interrupted the solar installation, since the team had to wait for the roof to dry before they could climb back.
The completion of this ICT Centre has increased BOSCO Uganda’s ICT Centres across northern Uganda to 28. With four more centres yet to be installed, BOSCO Uganda’s ICT Centres will increase to 32 by the end of 2016.