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It’s hard to imagine life without access to a computer. In the digital age, technology can mean vital access to quality education for a whole range of communities. That’s why Oasis Uganda teamed up with tech company, ITEC, to build an IT container classroom at the Oasis Academy Musoto in Mbale District; one of the poorest communities in Eastern Uganda.
Oasis Uganda was created in 2001 in Kampala to prevent vulnerable girls from slums ending up on the streets and being exploited. Their focus has since expanded to include building thriving societies through health, education and IT training, explains Oasis Uganda Country Leader Alvin Muhwesi.
The Oasis Academy Musoto provides education for 150 of the most disadvantaged children in the community in a secure space they can feel safe in. However, many of the children and adults in Musoto have never also used computer technology before, which is why this project marked a major milestone for the village.
Armed with a purpose, a team of 5 ITEC staff along with Jim Gardner (Oasis Head of IT Strategic Projects) travelled to Uganda in mid-September to set up and launch the IT classroom. Working closely with Alvin and local IT support staff member William Edibu, they completed the full kit-out of the repurposed container with servers, PCs, and monitors which will be made available to the children and to the wider community.
ITEC is just one example of how the generosity of an organisation, or individual, can change the potential for a community. Headquartered in Bristol, ITEC is an active partner in the community with sports, education and charities at the forefront of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
Nick Orme, CEO of ITEC adds: “Technology can be truly transformative, which is why we are so proud to be working with Oasis to deliver valuable, transferrable IT skills to both children and adults. We look forward to seeing the development in September and meeting all the people benefitting from the academy.”
Learn more about the life-changing work of Oasis in Uganda, here: oasisug.org