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Information, Education & Communication

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The internet provided by the CTPH Telecentre makes the world smaller, enabling people and businesses to surpass geographical barriers instantaneously. Families are no longer limited to interaction in their own towns, but can reach the rest of the world with the press of a key, allowing them to learn from the international community and address the problems of isolation, poor health practices, and increase access to education and jobs to name a few. Community members, primarily youth, learn computer skills enabling them to become more actively involved in the ecotourism industry, such as e-commerce to market their crafts on the internet while learning about the important and delicate linkages between gorilla conservation, public health, ecotourism and sustainable livelihoods. Another benefit? As the local community’s education and international scope improves, most often so do their health practices.

A CTPH Telecentre/UWA Visitor Information Centre at the Queen’s Pavilion Crater Drive Gate entrance to Queen Elizabeth National park, trains people to use computers and access internet at the centre and in their villages through a roving telecentre with cached websites, improving their attitudes to wildlife conservation. The centre is run by CTPH staff from two of the most disadvantaged communities around the park, Hamukungu and Kikorongo who serve the tourists refreshing coffee “Gorilla Kawa” and other beverages, with a stunning panoramic view of the craters, Ruwenzori Mountain, road to DRC and the Equator.

Milestones:

  • Training more than 200 rural youth, 40 % women in basic computer applications at our two remote solar-powered telecentres.
  • Providing opportunities for more than 3,000 people in rural local communities to access internet services for conservation and health education purposes.
  • Setting up two innovative community websites in the local languages spoken at Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National parks, with information on the links between conservation, public health, ecotourism and sustainable livelihoods.

Strategic Direction:

Develop a core curriculum and projects for the Information, Education and Communications program that are closely integrated with our mission.

Current Projects:

  1. Build permanent telecentre in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  2. Continue roving telecentre computer training in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  3. Expand roving telecentre model to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  4. Upgrade the local language community websites to make them more dynamic and interactive for the national park communities.
  5. Launch distance learning programs between primary (K through 12) students in Bwindi and New York State.

Sponsors:

UCC – Uganda Communications Commission/World Bank
British High Commission
BOCES Monroe #1
Microsoft
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Wildlife Conservation Society
Uganda Telecom

Supporters:

SN Brussels
BRD – Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe
Multichoice Uganda
Wyse Technology
Makerere University Department of Women and Gender Studies
Coca Cola
Kiwanja.net
Picopoint
Barclays Bank
International Cyber Volunteers
SAS Institute
Wildlife Direct

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