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School in Nebbi District Gets Solar Computer Lab
Memorial SS Gets Electricity, Computer Network, RACHEL
Server Internet All in One Day
started work with a team of enthusiastic local volunteers early
on Thursday morning, led by Joel, who had experience putting up
antenna masts and such. We began building our ladder from eucalyptus
to mount the high roof on the school building selected for the computer
lab, and had our solar frames up ready to install the solar panels
by the end of the first day. By Sunday we were ready for an open
house, inviting the congregation at the local church to come and
see the ten-workstation working computer lab after the service.
people crowded around each of the ten workstations, some running animations
of how things work, others, apparently with little computer experience,
were clicking on desktop icons and opening programs, and several,
who obviously had had more experience were checking their Yahoo accounts.
I was asked to demonstrate the some of the server's more interesting
features and had started to play Beethoven's 7th Symphony from an
MP3 file. But our American colleague, Mark, an advocate who had been
mobilizing community leaders to find means to assist their orphans,
vulnerable and disabled, called out to ask if we couldn't have something
more lively. When I put an Elmore James blues track the visitors began
to girate to the sound of slide guitar; man that place was jumpin!
the morning radio programme listeners heard from Emmanuel and Lisa about
the UConnect Schools Project, including Emmanuel's role as Chief Mechanic,
converting the Saurer 2DM into an ICT demonstrations truck (photo below)
that is still used in Uganda for showing latest technologies at various
conferences and exhibitions. Manu had trained Ugandan orphans at the Besaniya
Childrens Home over ten years ago, and continues with his work training
apprentices at Garage Pitstop
in Geneva. During the broadcast they announced the Project's urgent need
for donated TFT monitors and laptops, that are especially useful for schools
in rural areas due to their low energy requirements.
Space: IT for developing countries
Michele Mischler talks to Lisa and Emmanuel Stern from Uconnect, an organisation
which aims to develop public education in Uganda through the use of donated
UConnect join in Celebration
of Europe Day, Europe-Uganda Village
Come celebrate Together in Diversity!
See, Taste and Cheer our Diversity
In recognition of culture as a key factor
in sustainable development and the fight against poverty, European Union (EU) Member
States represented in Uganda together with the Delegation of the European Commission to
Uganda in collaboration with Ugandan partners organised a Europe-Uganda village that took
place on 6th May 2007 at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala. Unity in Diversity was the theme
accompanying the initiative, underlining the values, common to both Uganda and the
European Union, of tolerance and respect in a multicultural society.
than 500 visitors came by the UConnect Internet Demo Truck, and many boarded to sit behind
one of the ten workstations to get some hands-on, with a first demo of GPRS EDGE
Enhancing Training for District Offices in
Kampala (UGANDA), May 2007 - "Provide Internet,
and They Will Learn How to Use It" summarizes Daniel Stern from UConnect in regard to
his experience with a project that trained 175 officials in ICTs. For CHECK.point eLearning,
he gives detailed insight into this project, whose task was to teach remote rural district
officers in Uganda how to use computers and the Internet as tools to help them do their
UConnect Provides Internet Training To
Hundred District Officials
Officials at 22 mostly rural districts are being
trained on site in information and communications techonologies (ICTs) and Internet by
UConnect trainer teams travelling up country in Uganda. The 22 district offices have
been connected to the Internet by MTN
Uganda using WiMAX as part of the UCC's
Development Fund (RCDF).
Mike trains Iganga district trainees
One of a Number of Possible First Steps
Bringing the Internet to primary
and secondary schools
Kampala, April 2006 The object of UConnect is the
advancement of public educationis in the country by using Information and Computer
Technology (ICT) for education to improve the quality and efficiency of communications.
Daniel Stern of Uconnect sums up this work in an interview with CHECKpoint
Eastern students get
UCONNECT, a project that supplies
cheap information communication technology to schools, has embarked on regional network
training workshops in a bid to help more schools acquire computer skills.
The first workshop was held in Tororo recently for the Eastern region.
The project co-ordinator, Sam Rico, said 32 students and 11 teachers were trained during
Rico said the trainees were drawn from Rock High, Kisoko High, Lumino High, Nabumali High,
Dabani Girls Secondary, Dabani Girls primary and Masaba College schools.
New Vision article published 14
Uconnect holds first Regional NTW in Tororo
180 schools have received computers
from Uconnect. The team has
been working on getting more schools networked and connected to the Internet. Our
first Regional Network Training Workshop (NTW) given at Rock High School in Tororo was
host to 37 trainees, students and teachers from seven schools coming from three districts
in the area. The trainees brought floor plans of their schools' computer labs to use
for designing their local area networks (LANs). After the NTW they
return to install LANs at their schools. Their computer labs can then be connected
to the Internet at special discount prices offered to Uganda schools by ISP partners.
Regional NTWs are helping to establish technical support trainers in each
region who can then work together to assist
each other. Students train other students, one school assists another school,
installing and troubleshooting schools networks, that they may enjoy the benefits of
"People are starving for
information - literally dying for want of information"
Information Harvest by
Dorothy Walker on Uconnect Schools Project
Power to the people Mobile
communications technologies hold great potential, and Uconnect is piloting schemes with
telecoms providers, including one that offers schools a subsidised deal on unlimited
internet access - a really big breakthrough.
Daniel says, Put in the communications infrastructure, and
the electricity will come later. The right initiative by G8 or the UN could cause a real
revolution. People are starving for information - literally dying for want of
information. TES article published September
Times Educational Supplement article by Dorothy Walker - September
Visit the Uconnect Schools
Project stand at S-DEV Geneva 05
S-DEV Geneva 05 : A
rendez-vous in Geneva for innovating cities from all over the world
Sustainable urban development
is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Actors from all over the world - local
authorities, business, NGOs, international agencies - will come together at S-DEV Geneva
from 11 to 13 October 2005 at GENEVA PALEXPO. An annual interactive event for the
discovery and exchange of concrete developments. More
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on map of Uganda
MTN announce partnership
with Uconnect for schools' Internet
At a press conference held at
education ministry headquarters attended by Minister of Education Hon. Ms Geraldine
Namirembe Bitamazire and other officials MTN Uganda's Marketing Communications Manager,
Philip Besiimire, announced a partnership with the ministry-based NGO, Uconnect, in which
schools would benefit from subsidized Internet connectivity. Filmed portions of the
press conference were shown on UTV and WBS television news, and articles about the new
partnership were published in newspapers.
MTN, Govt to Connect Nine
Schools On Internet from
MTN Uganda and the ministry of Education have agreed to jointly
provide Internet services to nine schools through the schools connectivity programme.
The programme being managed by
Uconnect, a project at the education ministry, will intended to create equal opportunities
for students in Uganda to compete with the rest of the world.
"This is a timely action
because of the changes in the education system with more students turning to the Internet
for learning resources," Mr Philip Besimire, the MTN Uganda spokesperson, said.
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Uconnect again to present
Schools Project at Geneva Sustainable Development Event
Cette année, la fête du
développement durable aura lieu sous trois chapiteaux érigés sur la Plaine de
Plainpalais le samedi 11 juin et le dimanche 12 juin, sur le thème de la maison.
|Uconnect takes ICT to schools
CONNECTED: Computer lesson at
Kashozi school, Bushenyi
By Elvina Nawaguna
AT least 100 schools that would otherwise not afford it have been able to buy computers at
lower prices from an NGO that extends Information Technology to rural areas.
The NGO, Uconnect imports used computers from Europe and USA, revamps them and supplies
them to schools and organisations. The organisation also helps them to network their
computer labs and to get Internet connections.
In the first year of the project, the organisation distributed hundreds of computers to 60
mostly rural-based schools. In the last 20 months Uconnect has supplied over 100 schools,
both primary and secondary with computers.
Schools from as far as Mbale, Lira, and Tororo have benefited from the project.
8 March 2005
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Hundreds visit the Uconnect
stands, dozens of teachers sign up
Hundreds boarded demo truck
for hands-on Internet
Joan, Sophie and team
greeted stand visitors
Uconnect Schools Project Presented at INET04
Rethinking of Tele-education and e-Learning, Implications for Development
describes broadcasting Internet by television signal
donates dish to schools New Vision 5 May 2004
Multi-choice Uganda Ltd has
donated a satellite dish worth $200 to the Uconnect Schools project.
Joan Amaniyo of the Ministry of Education and Uconnect project co-ordinator said the dish
would enable the project get connected to the Internet via satellite and boost information
communication technology (ICT) in rural schools and sorrounding areas.
Uconnect Sends Three More Containers of
Refurbished Computers to Uganda from Europe for Schools Project Expansion
Uconnect Adds Telecentre Management
to Network Training Workshops
Node invites Uconnect to demonstrate SchoolAxxess at Namilyango College
SchoolAxxess Server WiFi Demo at
Ugandas Education Exhibit
older stories from 2002 to 2004
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Updated 1 February2013