BOSCO-Uganda focuses on providing innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions using a collaborative, Internet-based approach to foster socio-economic development and peace building in rural communities in Northern Uganda.
Since 2007, BOSCO’s computer network has expanded to include over 30 different ICT centers across Northern Uganda. Internet access and computer trainings at these centers are open to all community members, providing isolated communities with access to information and allowing participants to gain valuable skills which can lead to job creation and economic development.
Our internet stations, situated in rural communities and former internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, consist of low-power, solar powered PCs connected to a high-speed, long-range WiFi Internet connection. Each communication station is linked to other BOSCO sites via a free VoIP telephony network and through a high-speed internal network (Intranet) content management page. The sites that benefit from BOSCO’s technology range from primary schools, to hospitals, to community centers. This fosters an inclusive, educational, and empowering learning environment that contributes to a maturing society.
Moving beyond the provision of technical solutions, BOSCO also concentrates on the development of successful and emerging directions for ICT usage. These directions include computer education adapted to the realities of 21st century global interconnectivity and a Web 2.0 collaborative approach to cooperation with health centres, e-agriculture, educational outreach, e-government, micro-solar electrification, entrepreneurial training, etc. Through these trainings at ICT centers, BOSCO empowers people with the resources to be in control of their future.
About the Sites
Each BOSCO-Uganda site is provided with the means to succeed through educational opportunities for site managers, initial procurement of equipment, reliable support from the BOSCO staff, and contact with fellow sites.
Learn more about the wide variety of trainings that BOSCO-Uganda offers through its ICT Centers here.
Sites are encouraged to documenting their local stories using articles, photography, and other tools they have acquired through trainings. Publishing stories and community histories is the first step towards creating a collaborative environment where users restore attention to war-scourged cultural elements, enable greater cultural sensitivity from remote partners, and safeguard against the loss of cultural diversity. Preserving the rich culture of these areas is a vital component to BOSCO’s overall mission. Sharing their stories with the world has been a form of therapy in itself, helping users recover from the trauma of war.