EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Computer literacy refers to the knowledge and ability to use computers and related technologies efficiently within a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving. Computer in general is comprised of both hardware and software. Software refers to the programs or instructions that control hardware components; it’s what a human being can not touch but can interact with efficiently to fulfill his or her desired goals while using a computer. Hardware on the other hand refers to the physical/tangible components of the computer. Hardware includes: the keyboard, the mouse, the monitor, the speakers, and the system unit, printers, scanners, speakers among others.

Computer literacy involves one’s level of ability to use computer software and computer hardware. It covers all computer skills. These skills are divided into three namely:

  1. Basic computer skills: these are ones that a user starting to learn how to use a computer should start with. These include: knowing how switch on and turn off a computer, being able to use the mouse and being able to interact with the keyboard, etc. With the basic skills above, one can be in position to freely interact with the computer.
  2. Intermediate computer skills: these skills include: knowing how to use the email, how to use the internet and installing software, etc. With these skills one can interact with the internet and have access to the international market.
  3. Advanced computer skills such as; programming, fixing software conflicts and repairing computer hardware. With these skills one can be in position to build complex computer software and repair hardware.

In many rural areas of Uganda, most of the people there are computer illiterates; meaning that many of them can’t at all interact with the computers and the other related technologies. Those who can are not in position to effectively and efficiently use the computers and related technologies. Computer illiterates however are far more interested in taking on the computer skills though most of them have totally got no chance of receiving these computer skills. The cause of this is that there is no one to offer these skills to them at a cheap price and that they do not know how important computer skills are to their day to day lives. Some people however have a propaganda that computers are a source of immoral and so they can’t take on the skills just for that reason.

Youths however especially those from very poor background never get a chance to have the computer related skills because they many never got a chance to go to schools with stable computer laboratories. These youths have the desire to learn; on the other hand most of these want to carry on the computer learned skills for the rest of their live as they earn more through them. However they have not one to teach them these skills because they are expensive to them.

Today, we live in the Information age where man uses his brain to accomplish most of his tasks than it was in the industrial age. The major services in the country and the world at large are managed by computers. Most of the work today is done by the computer; gone are the days when one had to work so hard with him hands to accomplish tasks. He who has computer skills can perform tasks others aren’t in position to perform and he or she can take on the services since he has the skills. This works like magic! But he who has no skills can’t take on the services; this is so fond of the people in the rural areas. There are many opportunities in the rural areas but services like E-commerce for example OLX are not enjoyed by these disadvantaged because they don’t have computer skills. They are always the last to take on the services and some even never take on services provided no chance has come for them to take them on.

We therefore Novus Terra (U) Limited a registered social enterprise has come out to offer these skills to the local people.

We have worked with a number of youth organizations and business enterprises in Uganda and worldwide to bridge this technology gap through training and innovations suitable for the local communities. We recently conducted a survey targeting the youth who are the main pillars of societal transformation and we found that in Kassanda district only 10% (numbers over total studied) had access to smart phones which are the main sources of modern computer applications. Of these < 17% could access information with the help of working smart phone (Novus Terra Information). Further document review indicated that the Eastern region had < 10% Internet users and access to smart phones. This leaves approximately a 90% gap of individuals without smart phones and unlikely to use Internet.

However when we accomplish our goal we intend to move to the different rural areas in Uganda taking these computer skills there.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Despite the fact that they also want to acquire the computer related skills, many disadvantaged youths can access these skills because they are expensive for them. Third class families can’t financially sustain themselves and therefore can never think of striving for anything other than look for food. Much they may want and have the brains of grasping the skills then become successful, the wont take the step because they have no money to pay for the skills. This limits these people from accessing the international world.

SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM

Novus Terra driven by the desire to help these young men and women, has chosen to run this campaign to set up a resource center to uplift the poor youths/children technologically.

Team composition:

  1. Noah Kirigwajjo (BCSC, Msc WDZ), Head Of The Project.
  2. Muyanja Derick
  3. Dr. George Williams Mbogo (PhD)
  4. Simon Robert Kununka (BCSC, PGDME,Msc HI), Planning and Implementation.
  5. Marvin Kasumba
  6. Monika Tukundane
  7. Harriet Nansubuga (BSN, MPH), Designing Health Promotion Material.
  8. Dr. Sheila Nankoberanyi (PhD), Scientific And Gender Inclusion.

PURPOSE

Having realized the digital gap between youths from rich families and those poor families , our company Novus Terra has decided to come up with this project as a way of providing an opportunity to the under privileged youths to help them enjoy the fruits of Information Communication Technology effectively. This we are going to do by training them how to use computers and the related technologies at a free or giveaway price.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project is now running and we have workshops in Ggomba and Mityana District, however we are limited by resources to reach out to a big number. We are planning to set off with one stop center as soon as we get the necessary requirements. And our major intention is to have a block of rooms(lecture theaters, laboratories, offices), standard alone computers, printers, projectors, a routers, furniture switches and scanners.

We intend to provide these skills at the resource center. A wide number of practical lessons/courses will be provided and the students will be awarded certificates at the end of the courses.

With these skills, people will be in position to use the internet and communicate with those abroad. They will be in position to access the international market. We therefore expect that all the people will be in position to benefit from the project, especially those who don’t up to now have the computer skills. Thus they will be in position to interact with all the new gadgets on the market and hence improve their standards of living by using them.

OBJECTIVES

General Objective

  1. To set up a one stop center for all ICT related solutions.

Specific Objectives

  1. To sensitize local people around the country about the uses and the benefits of computer knowledge in the modern society.
  2. To make computers and the related technologies accessible to the local people.
  3. To instruct the local people on how computers are used thus enabling them to have hands on the computer.

METHODOLOGY

Below is how we intend to carry out our project of setting up the computer center:

  1. We shall identify competent computer instructors and computer laboratory attendants.
  2. We shall then install the computers center.
  3. Lessons or courses will be delivered per the desire of the students.
  4. Students will be evaluated at the end of the course.

ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES

Below are some of our expected benefits from our soon to set off computer training project:

  1. The local people will be in position to interact with the computer efficiently. They will be in position to utilize the basic skills, intermediate skills and advanced skills. Thus become friends to the internet and its resources.
  2. The local people will be in position to market their agricultural products internationally online to by participating in E-commerce. For example it will just be a matter of taking a snap of one’s plantation or a farm and then post it on different e-commerce websites for selling online.
  3. Communication in the country will also improve from the roots since with computer skills they will be in position to interact with gadgets (smart phone, etc) effectively.
  4. People will be in position to apply ICT in farming i.e. in scaling, growing and expanding their Agricultural projects.
  5. The gap between those who can access information and those can’t use computers will be reduced since many will have got skills on how to use the computers.