Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Tullow Oil Plc, an oil and gas exploration and Production company has handed over four computer labs and 65 computers to four government primary schools including; Ndandamire Primary school, Buliisa Primary school, Kaiso Primary school and Kyehoro Primary school in Buliisa and Hoima District.
Officials say Tullow Uganda continues to contribute to the sustainable economic growth and social development of Uganda and the Bunyoro region through different initiatives besides oil exploration.
In both Hoima and Buliisa districts, Tullow says it has invested over $5m in infrastructure projects supporting the areas of health and education as part of its corporate social investment programme.
The company says this is in line with its vision and strategy to create shared prosperity and create long term value for all stakeholders across all locations they operate.
Speaking at the computer lab handover and opening ceremony dubbed Project Kuha, at Kaiso Primary school, Mr. Jimmy Mugerwa, the Managing Director Tullow Uganda observed the impact ICT has on every aspect of human life and encouraged the invited guests in their respective capacities; as teachers, industry players, and government, to provide and equip the younger generation with the right tools and skills that will prepare them for life in the digital era.
The time is now, not tomorrow, to look at how ICT can be incorporated in our schools. Let us inspire pupils to be curious and interested in careers in the ICT world at an early age, mainly because they are the next generation of computer scientists and professionals. To achieve this, we must also render support and equip teachers to effectively teach ICT in schools,” he advised.
Tullow Alumni Group Uganda (TAGU) trained 65 teachers in computer literacy, who in return will pass on this knowledge to over 3,500 pupils.
Majority of the schools surveyed in Buliisa and Hoima district lack computing facilities for both administrative and teaching purposes due to affordability issues.
The computer labs are fitted with solar panels ensuring a more efficient way for the school to meet their energy needs by using renewable energy whilst benefiting from low cost, low energy internet and IT access.
Mr. Kadiri Kirungi, the chairman LC5 Hoima district said the initiative is in line with the development agenda of the oil and gas sector and the National Oil and Gas Policy which provides guidelines for poverty eradication and creating lasting value to society.
In the Financial Year 2019/20, Government allocated Shs146.2 billion to the ICT sector.