A United Kingdom based charity organization “Hello World” is set to provide access to digital education to remote and marginalized communities in Uganda by building fourteen free e – learning hubs.
Hello World is doing this in partnership with Roke Telkom a Uganda based telecommunications company.
Speaking to journalists in Kampala about the development, Katrin MacMillan the CEO and founder of Hello World said the initiative will give people the opportunity to connect with the world, have a voice in their community, educate themselves and begin their journey towards economic empowerment.
“We are in an education emergency. There are 69 million too few teachers to hit current targets and shockingly, there are 263 million children who have no access to education at all,” she said
The 14 hubs that will be built, two will be in Kampala, two in Fortportal and ten in Nakivale refugee settlement camp in Isingiro district.
” Ten will be in Nakivale refugee camp where there is only one secondary School and the vast majority of children are going without education. This is just the beginning. We are giving children a chance to shape their future”
Further, Katrin said that the development will not only stop in Kampala, Fort Portal and Nakivale but will be extended to other Ugandan communities where education is most needed.
“Hello hubs are not for a few. They are for everybody. Connection to free internet is life changing. Everybody is welcome”
Hello World hubs are solar – powered, outdoor internet connected computer kiosks which are designed to provide communities with access to education software, games, video and communication platforms.
They are set up to give people the opportunity to connect with the world, have a voice in their community, educate themselves and begin their journey towards economic empowerment.