Community Library & Computer Center
Jane Francis Community Library
The Community Library has a collection of educational material for elementary, secondary, and vocational school curriculum. The library is accessible to the entire community. Students attending over 15 other local schools have access to academic resources they would otherwise not have.
- The community library serves as a resource for local students and teachers. Students gain access to useful study material which are not available at the schools.
- Having access to educational resources, students will improve their performances in school and compete favorably on national level exams.
- Local, national, and international news papers, bulletins, and magazines will made accessible in either electronic or paper formats. The community will become well informed because people will have access to a wealthy information resource.
- Agriculture being the backbone of Uganda’s economy especially for rural populations, books on modern methods of farming and sustainable agriculture will be made available to the farmers.
- Entertainment and media materials will be made accessible to the community. This will be a resource for recreation and learning.
- Employment opportunities will be created for the local people.
We need more textbooks for elementary, high school, and vocational training programs.
Waliggo Computer Center
The Computer Technology Center at the Academy is fully equipped with modern computers and network equipment. The Center serves the entire community. Students and teachers from over a dozen local schools are granted access to computer use for free.
Rationale: In this day and age, technology has become a key to development in economic, social, and academic arenas. In Africa, technology is at its infant stages and actually most rural areas, it is still an un-realized dream. In rural areas, computers are not accessible for many reasons: people are poor and cannot afford to buy home computers, other than in cities, in the rural areas there are no public computer centers; there are no trained personnel to provide these services.
The majority of rural schools do not have computers accessible to students. If the school can afford this ‘luxury’, it will only afford one or two computers for the administration. It’s only a handful of schools in the rural areas that even have a computer for the administration. Computer skills are essential to acquiring a job; so students from rural schools cannot compete favorably in the job market without any computer skills. This raises the rate of unemployment and hinders the development of rural communities.
Internet: The computer center is now connected to the internet. It provides access to the worldwide web to the village — opening up opportunities for students, teachers and local residents to communicate electronically.
Urgent Technology Needs
- Monitors (20)
- Educational software
- Overhead projectors
- DVD/VHS players
- Television Sets
- Educational videos/DVDs