During a January 2015 trip to Uganda, I helped (but only a little) with the installation of a computer training facility in the city of Masaka, located 120 kilometers southwest of Kampala. The project, for the moment, is quite modest. It is involves an unlimited Internet connection, a wi-fi router, and six chromebook computers. This equipment is installed in a small classroom on the second floor of a new Mormon church. Wi-fi communication is not only available in the computer training room, but also in an adjacent classroom and in a larger meeting hall located downstairs.
The facility has only been operational for a month. So it is premature to speculate about its possible success or failure. But so far so good. The Mormon Branch President reports that the training facility is very popular and he has had to schedule the computer usage in order to meet demand.
While at this time the facility is small, several enhancements are planned, including additional chromebooks, a regular printer, a 3-D printer, and 3-D headsets. Students are being introduced to online educational sites like Kahn Academy and regular training classes are being scheduled.
This project received funding through the crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo, with an additional assist from Anna Lou Hansen, my mother. It has received inspirational support from the Mormon Transhumanist Association and Brighter Brains Institute. The computer setup work was done by David Ainscough, a colleague, and Bryan Berrett, my son-in-law (shown with my grandson in the photograph above). A special thanks is given to Judy Nalube and Branch President George Akera for doing the on-site coordination work.
If this project is successful, similar activities are planned for Lira and Gulu, cities located in northern Uganda.