Today, many children in Uganda still join secondary school without ever touching – let alone seeing – a computer, or understanding what it does. This problem is especially acute in the countryside, where many children do not know what the internet is. This means that as the world, and many youngsters in Kampala and other urban centres march forward in the ICT age, a significant portion of Uganda’s children and youth are being left behind simply because of where, or to whom, they were born.
Some of these children would be exceptionally gifted individuals capable of historic achievements, but because they found themselves at the wrong end of the chain of distribution of services and opportunities, humanity misses their gifts. That does not have to be the case, and this programme could go a long way towards improving access to these technologies.
It is also commendable that a component of internet connectivity has been included in the project. Besides the excitement of having access to the huge stream of information, it means that youngsters in Acholi Bur secondary school in Pader district and Mackay College in Kampala can benefit from the latest advancements in learning and research as do their agemates in the developed countries. We urge the ministry of Education not to stop at overseeing the establishment of these important facilities, but to carefully consider putting in place structures to ensure that the information and communication technology laboratories remain functional.