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Center for Uganda Rural Empowerment (CURE) using Information and Communication Technology
Kyazanga community has all resources and requirements that flourishing communities have. In the past, depravity and poverty have taken a toll on the area, sending it into depression.
Joseph Lukwago with the Old Boys and Girls of Kyazanga Modern Primary School through Joy for Humanity are joining hands in a new project to bring this community to a thriving state which is going to be a practical example to the rest of the communities in Uganda.
youthful team believes that the youth are the leaders of today and tomorrow
and they can greatly assist in “building a community for a better
Joseph imagining the future community we will have if we start using ICTs
a fresh graduate and a holder of a BsAIT (SMU-India) and Advanced Diploma
in Software Engineering (Aptech Computer Education) believes that Information
and knowledge can do wonders to change the face of the poor in rural,
isolated and underprivileged regions.
For the past, Uganda has not been having an Information and Communication Technology ministerial post which has made us lag behind in this important sector. It’s just in 2006 that the government announced the creation of a ministry of ICT. With this ministry as a new born baby in Uganda, It will take the ministry many years to achieve its objectives because it wouldn’t differ from the stages a child goes through until he/she becomes a useful citizen of the country.
More still the growth of this ministry work is going to begin in urban areas and for the rural areas it is going to be a different story because without power supply in the rural areas, this ministry has to again wait for power!!
Mass poverty is having a devastating impact on our environment and economic growth, which also affects our ability to compete against countries with better physical infrastructure for connectivity, informed citizenry and more educated population for foreign direct investment, which we badly need to face a fiscal surplus.
Information Technology is the road, which must be brought to the doorsteps of the poor be it rural or urban regions. The poor should be given the equal opportunity to master the skill to use this technology to their advantage. We must design the information technology in such a way that a totally unprepared poor person can immediately get a hang of it without feeling threatened and convert acquired knowledge for his wealth creation.
There is no society or nation in the world, which is technologically backward and has attained widespread well-being, prosperity and economic power.
Having acquired the skills and knowledge in ICT, Joseph wants to use his knowledge not only to benefit him but to use the knowledge to make a difference in his community and the country at large.
and Communication Technologies (ICT) have had a significant impact on
the lives of people in the more affluent countries - bringing them closer
together, making differences less important and amplifying economic
activity and growth, Joseph and his team have come up with a project
Center for Uganda Rural Empowerment (CURE) using ICT.
When these youth get to cities, they do not want to go back to their villages despite of hardship, uncertainty and difficult living conditions in the cities. There is an urgent need to find out the reasons behind this non-stop rural-urban migration of young brains from villages and workout policies and strategies involving various stakeholders from Government, Non Government, Village councils and civil society groups.
ICT aims to improve quality of life and alleviate poverty among the
disadvantaged rural community of Kyazanga which is going to act as a
practical example and center to the rest of the Ugandan communities.
Easy access to public and private information can reduce the chances of corruption; humiliation, can save time, money and can empower the poor.
The effectiveness of community empowerment therefore depends in part on poor people’s ability to empower themselves to access information and knowledge resources through which they are able to analyze situation, learn necessary skills, seek social justice and participate in equal economic opportunities.
can end up entering a new bright future if we redesign an information-oriented
democracy of the next generation”
Practical approach to cause
Council Leaders have greatly supported the use of ICTs for the community
empowerment and sustainable poverty alleviation and they have promised
maximum support and to work hand in hand with the team.