Youth organise a Community Fair in partnership with BOSCO-Uganda

Children and other participants awaiting the event
Children and other participants awaiting the event


The Community Fair funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation and DKA-Austria through HORIZONT3000 and organized by the youth of Alero ICT Youth Centre in Nwoya District-Northern Uganda in partnership with Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach-Uganda (BOSCO-Uganda) attracted 300-500 community members from within Alero Sub County of Nwoya District; and over 80 participating young people/community members representing 16 ICT sites from outside Nwoya District.

Forum Discussion
Forum Discussion

The program highlights of the day started with the Republic of Uganda National Anthem followed by; Charity work at Alero Health Centre III; welcome remarks from the area Local Council One Chair Person & welcome song from the children of Alero Primary School; followed by Role plays & Pictorial Presentation by community members on three controversial issues (Land conflicts, Alcoholism & drug abuse, bad leadership & governance) identified by the community of Alero – accompanied by forum discussions; personal testimonies & power point presentation by community members on the benefits of ICT; Acoli cultural performances (dance & music); Exhibition and official closing remarks by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC)of Nwoya District (representing the President’s office).

An award worth 2, 480, 000 /= (Two Million, Four Hundred & Eighty Thousand Uganda Shillings Only) was presented through the RDC to the community to Alero ICT Youth Centre. 200, 000/= (Two Hundred Thousand Uganda Shillings only) was in-kind inform Games and Sports items which are 2 footballs, 1 netball, Ball pump & 2 pins, 3 whistles, Snakes & Ladders (with Ludo) and Scrabble. The 2, 280, 000/= (Two Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand Uganda Shillings Only) cash award was start-up capital towards the Revolving Fund/Village Savings & Loan Scheme aimed at contributing to the sustainability of Alero ICT Youth Centre and improvement of livelihoods of the community of Alero.

Prior to the day of the community fair, two radio talk shows (hosting the youth/community of Alero) on controversial issues were held on Mega Radio Fm on Wednesday, 18th March 2014 (English Version) and Thursday, 19th March 2014 (Luo Version). In addition to the Luo Radio Announcement (to publicise the community fair) held in the morning of Friday, 21st March 2014; the radio talk shows also served the same purpose. The Local Media houses (Mega Radio FM and Rupiny) also covered and reported the issues at the community fair.

The 16 ICT Sites joining Alero ICT Youth Centre on Friday, 21st March 2014 at the 10:00am to 6:30pm event were: – Acoli Muslim District (Layibi Division-Gulu Municipality), Tam Pi Diki Child & Youth Support Organisation (Bungatira Sub County-Gulu District), Coope Information Centre (Bungatira Sub County-Gulu District), Bardege ICT for Education & Research Centre (Bardege Division-Gulu Municipality), Lacor St. Mary’s College (Lamogi sub county in Amuru District), Latanya Youth & Widows Services Uganda (Latanya sub county-Pader District), Peace Together Uganda (Pajule-Pader District), Lira Palwo ICT Centre (Lira Palwo sub county-Agago District), Gwokke Keni PHA & OVC Network (Patongo Sub county-Agago District), Gwok Ma Inongo (Paimol Network of Farmers in Paimol Sub County of Agago District), King James Comprehensive School (Lira District), Super Star Football & Netball Club (Lukole in Agago Town Council), Aber Youth Centre (Aber Sub County in Oyam District), Pabo ICT Centre (Pabo sub county in Amuru district), Lacor Primary School (Lamogi sub county in Amuru District), Ngai Youth Centre (Ngai sub county in Oyam district).

Cultural Performance (Music & Dance)
Cultural Performance (Music & Dance)

Inaddtition to representatives from HORIZONT3000, BOSCO-Uganda Board of Directors & Secretariat in Uganda; also present from within Alero sub county and Nwoya District were representatives from Local government, Uganda Police, different Community Based Organisations/groups, Primary & Secondary Schools, Health Sector and clubs.

Three other similar events will be carried out in the districts of Agago, Lamwo and Pader organised by the young people and communities of Lira Palwo ICT Centre, Paddie-Archdeaconry ICT Centre and Peace Together Uganda respectively.

Alero ICT Youth Centre was established by BOSCO-Uganda in 2011 with funding from UNICEF; and upgraded in 2013 under the programme Intervention “Peace Building and Socio-economic Development using Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in the Acholi sub-region, Northern Uganda“ with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation and DKA-Austria through HORIZONT3000.

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Radio Talk Show hosting community of Alero

Closing Out 2012 and Looking Forward to 2013

BOSCO-Uganda logo with tagline

BOSCO-Uganda would like to wish all our partners and users in Uganda and around the world a Happy New Year!

2012 was another successful year for BOSCO-Uganda as plans were made for future expansion into new areas in northern Uganda and key partnerships were secured that will help us bring innovative ICT solutions and entrepreneurial training to new and existing locations across northern Uganda. Continue reading Closing Out 2012 and Looking Forward to 2013

BOSCO Uganda’s pioneer volunteer gets ICT job

BOSCO Uganda’s pioneer volunteer gets ICT job

“Perseverance is not a long race; it’s many short races one after another,” — Walter Elliott

In 2008, with the help of funding from UNICEF, I embarked on training over a hundred formerly abducted youths, orphans, child mothers and teachers. One of my training sites is in Pabo village, 36kms north of Gulu town. Pabo is known for cultivating rice for subsistence farming and having accommodated an estimated 46,000 people in the area’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.

During these trainings, I used a Web 2.0 approach where students were expected to learn practical Web 2.0 applications emphasizing social networking and collaboration. My class was like a typical Universal Primary Education (UPE) class with close to one hundred students on only one computer. My only other teaching aid was a blackboard.

As months passed, a number of students excused themselves because of the difficult learning experience. Some of the youth resumed their commitment to alcoholism and scouting girls by the road side. A few teachers also dropped out from the program due to family commitments and personal reasons. Patience indeed is a virtue not for all. A number of youths persevered for the full eight months and qualified for level one (1) certificates. During my field visit back to Pabo today, two new staff members of Pabo Comprehensive Secondary School were being inducted on their new appointments in the school. One of them is the new head teacher, Mr. Okumu Charles, and the other is a pioneer of the BOSCO Volunteer program, Okwir Bosco. Okwir Bosco is a Senior Four drop-out of last year. He did not continue with his education due to inadequate financial support. However, Bosco is a beneficiary of the above described Web 2.0 training program in schools. With the skills acquired on how to use the Intranet, Internet, Wikispaces and google Mapping, he will be training more students on Web 2.0 applications as a full time staff member.

BOSCO Uganda’s mission is to provide innovative ICT solutions using a collaborative web based approach to foster socio economic development and peace building in northern Uganda. Bosco’s humble achievement is a true testimony of the realization of this dream. Bravo Bosco, Bravo BOSCO