Tag: Uganda

5 Units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda.

A while  ago I discovered my calling which is about educating or teaching others. Fulfilling my why is not a comfortable zone and I must discover how.

I already set my dream affirmation for what I think is a brilliant goal. First of all, it’s not the only goal I have in regards to improving technology skills and employment opportunities in Uganda. However by analyzing several ideas, I believe it’s the sustainable one than the others. My goal is to teach over 100,000 in Uganda, in 3 years about technology and fallback to monitor progress and impact.

The number looks big especially reflecting to my personal financial ability and the availability of resources.

Courageously, an organisation in Tanzania (http://poweringpotential.org) is using almost 90% of the technology we shall use for our Mobile Digital Hub.

What happens is that we shall use single board computers (Raspberry Pi), connected to a LED Monitor together with a USB Mouse and Keyboard. We shall install a favourable but light linux distro, open office, google chrome and firefox browsers and notepad++ open source software to cut costs. Additionally the project will run on green solar energy, and the trainers will be volunteers. We take this approach so that we can reach as many communities where people can not afford a computer as well as are not in position to pay study fees for computer lessons.

I kindly request for your advise/help in all ways to realize this dream and have people empowered.

Thank you

“Ugandan Graduates” are not employed because they don’t offer value to business!

“Ugandan Graduates” are not employed because they don’t offer value to business!

Many of them think the money spent in school and the bachelors/masters accolade is a guarantee to a job. What a lie?
 
Time, skill, market, labor & ideas are the value one has to offer to an employer or business partner in exchange for a job opportunity. How many Ugandan graduates posses the above?
 
If you don’t know the fact, most of the jobs created are by younger people or age mates who don’t have access to free first hand business information, mentor-ship and interest free business funds!
 
Yet once created, there is need to formalize, attracting hefty bills for Tax, Trading Licenses, Rent fees, Marketing fees etc… even before a business acquires the necessary tools and team for production.
 
Well, this works against a Ugandan graduate’s dream of wanting to drive like others do, wear expensive clothes, go to bars etc… which incites the habit of undermining jobs.
 
The Ugandan government has a great role to play as well. It should saws in it’s citizens than milking them. They’re many times when professional graduates have turned to informal business due to lack of job opportunities but they’re energy, plans and passion has been destroyed by exclusive leadership and decision making.
Take for example sanctioning hawkers off Kampala streets, it’s a great move because it’s a way of supporting the businessman in a shop but the timing was totally wrong. You don’t take such a move without first informing the public  and the alternative solution you’re offering.

Photo by chimp reports
 
How to uplift a rural child in Uganda.

How to uplift a rural child in Uganda.

In Uganda, approximately 70 % of young people living in the urban areas don’t have access to computers. Worst of the matter is that you may find 40% of them have also never seen or practically used a computer for once in a lifetime.

They are possibly like me at 14 years of age, I had never seen one though I heard about it, I used to think it referred to a walking robot, such as the one I watched in movies. However, that happened to me a decade and 2 years ago. Shocking isn’t it? I wouldn’t expect someone today to find it hard to access a computer or be able to use one!

However, similarly to other countries in Africa; the largest part of Uganda is a rural area. Rural areas are negatively affected by having poor education, poor health care, ignorance and many disadvantages you could imagine of including poverty. 

Some of the biggest reasons why youths and adults don’t have access to computers is ignorance & poverty, in my own opinion.

Other factors could be lack of connectivity to national grid hindering the access to electricity which could be used to power the computer devices. And even if the connectivity was in existence in the rural and urban areas of Uganda, many families struggle to put food on the table, which means they couldn’t afford spending on computers.

In many countries children use computers to create things like robotics, play games, have fun with friends and this keeps them curious, creative and productive. It also helps them not to get involved in drug abuse, sex abuse and many other bad habits.

The same or better, is what I also want to happen in Uganda. At least by 2030, it should be very easy for someone to access and effectively use a computer. Employment opportunities among the youths to have improved due to skills acquired through using computers.

How is this possible.

We can start by building less power consumption, portable and affordable computers. 

With only $100, it’s possible to build a portable DC powered computer for a youth. Two or more youths can even use one in intervals so that everyone gets to learn how to use a computer and leverage the opportunities that come with it.

Since Uganda’s population is largely young people, actually 78% all being below the age of 35 years; according to wikipedia and the Uganda’s recent census in 2015. This is not a one man’s task.

What shall we do together?

We shall build portable, DC powered functional computer kits, installed with open source software.

Though we shall be able to build sellable computer units, our major aim is to uplift rural communities for free. And we hope to approach impact & climate change funders, to invest the initial capital to support us to build the first 50 pilot units.

Our pilot phase, will involve introducing community labs comprising of 3 to 5 units per lab per community. This means, in a day of 8 hours, one lab will be able to give access to 24 up to 40 youths at a rate of 1 individual per computer per hour.

The computer kits!

Each computer set will be a composition of a Raspberry PI, Memory Card, LCD monitor, USB keyboard, USB mouse and other necessary cables. Each full unit could cost between $120 to $145. Approximately UGX 407,249/= to UGX 492,093/= according to Google currency converter as of today 09/Oct/2016.

Initial training

In the first week, after setting up the lab, we shall conduct free workshops, to train youths and citizens of that particular community, on how to use these computers, troubleshoot them and in partnership with other social enterprises, we will educate them in personal development and leadership.

Our aim for these workshops, is to build/develop a self-sustaining project in which the citizens of the community have a bigger commitment and responsibility.

More good news about the web design class.

More good news about the web design class.

Some of you have heard that starting this June 6th, 2016 I will commence a personal web design training class. If you don’t know yet, you can go here and here to learn more.

Today I have come to share more good news about the same. Many of you have been asking  me where will it take place and how much will it cost.

Basically my plan is to offer 3 web design training packages targeting individuals at different levels that is to say; Starter, Intermediate and Advanced. Where` each Package will take 12- 18 days, 2 hours each day.

The starter will be a cocktail of everything, you need to know about ; Intermediate and Advanced will be focused and so specialised, to help you develop from one level to another e.g. from starter to intermediate to advanced respectively.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Which class is this June?

The Starter class.

Where will it take place?

We were able to come into partnership with KWS Oriental Technologies to allow us have these classes in their office.

They are located at ROZA Market/plaza. Room C-59

To get there move along Kafumbe Mukasa Road, towards Salabed logistics and cargo. At the opposite you will see the building. You may also trace directions by looking for Ovino mall since Roza market is slightly newer than it’s neighbour.

How much does it cost?

UGX 300,000/= (Three hundred thousand Uganda shillings)

Why that cost, if I may ask?

  1. My course is hands on,  but to meet the expectations we should have some tools.
  2. But it sounds good to be true. Well am not an institute so am not offering a certificate. Though am trusting that with the training materials, you will gain versatile practical web design skills to help you execute tremendously in your future projects.
  3. In the future fees may be adjusted but at least not possible now.

Any discounts?

Yes, if you bring your friend both of you get a 10% discount. That is UGX 30,000/= off.

What’s the payment deadline?

20th-May-2016, because we need to meet some prior costs, we have set up a deadline for submission of fees before commencement for proper preparation.

How do I pay?

You may send Mobile money or meet me in person and I pick it in Cash. To get my numbers find on facebook and twitter at @dwampamba.

Uganda needs informed, creative and self sustaining people, become one of those. Hope to meet you in class.

 

The Web Design course requirements and outline

The Web Design course requirements and outline

Recently I made up my mind and announced that I will taking you through each fundamental step of web design. So that you can become a person known for web design by creating tools which will help improve life in the world. Missed the news go here.

Let me highlight the requirements you need, the outline and finalize by helping you find out if this course is for you.

What are the requirements?

1.Wireless enabled laptop.

We will do a lot of practice everyday we meet and sometimes we will need to be connected to the internet, to be able to achieve accomplish tasks. The internet will use, will be wi-fi. Recommended but not a must, to have a laptop which has a functional battery for a minimum of 30 mins. And your laptop should be installed with Windows Operating System.

2. Attendance.

You should be able to attend on Thursday, Friday & Saturday for 4 weeks at 5:00pm to 7:00pm each attendance. Failure to attend will be depriving yourself of the value you would get by attending everyday.

3. Language.

The classes will be strictly conducted in English language, the learner is expected to be able to speak and write English.

4. Note book and pen (writing material)

It’s important to write, though it’s not mandatory, I would advise you carry with yourself a notebook and pen.

The course outline

  1. Introductions
  2. Study plan and time table
  3. Web design process
  4. Web design with WordPress
  5. Web design with HTML5
  6. Adding beauty with CSS3
  7. Adding interactivity with Javascript
  8. Introduction to Web servers with Xamp and Wamp
  9. Web design with Joomla
  10. Conclusion.

Who is this course for?

For anyone whether have prior web design knowledge or not.

If you are able to speak and write, English this course is for you.

Can you use a computer and have passion to develop solutions to life challenging obstacles?

It’s for those who are in Uganda, and will be in Kampala for the period of beginning June to July.

Want to find out more please go here.

 

 

A Web design crash course you must attend this summer.

A Web design crash course you must attend this summer.

I have made up my mind, I won’t be teaching web design to anyone! I will practically take you through step by step.

I would like to invite everyone who would like to attend. You’re warmly  welcome to learn and practice HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, PHP, WordPress and Joomla on Xampp server in just 12 days!

 

Personally I have been learning web-design for a couple of years, since 2005. Learning everyday has empowered me with the skill which I will base on to teach you the anatomy of web design. You can see the outline of this course here.

The experience I have acquired in the web design industry  over the years, is partly why am a co-founder and lead web designer at Gagawala Graphics Uganda Limited. Thus I earn my income doing web design, as well as work with non-profit communities/organisations doing web design which is helping  me build effective networks, travel places, improve my entrepreneur knowledge and develop a lot skills like blogging, consultation, communication and training.

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On the right with Nicholas Katushabe, a partner in business and new real life friend at the CMS SUMMIT 16, in Kampala at Gems Cambridge International School.

Over the years have built standout sales leading; tourism websites, entertainment websites, accommodation & meals websites, sports news websites, business websites, church websites and personal brand websites from scratch using HTML to CMS using either Joomla or WordPress.

Take a look at some of those websites below.

  1. Break Fast Jam event
  2. Africa Wild Explorations
  3. East Africa Tourism Guide
  4. My Clean Kings (NBK Clean Kings International)
  5. Kaweesi Mark
  6. Righteouness Palace Ministries
  7. United Women Platform for Empowerment and Development

At the extreme bottom (footer) of each website is a designed by or powered by or developed by tag credit. Which is either attributed to my brands i.e Gagawala Graphics and You Inspire You.

Gagawala team

Highlighted with the yellow ribbon on the Meet our team section, screen shot taken from Gagawala Graphics official website.

4 Reasons why you should attend this course.

  1. Develop a highly rewarding, paying and creative skill that changes the way we connect, collaborate and sale allover the world!
  2. Become an solutions provider.
  3. It’s affordable, short and comprehensive.
  4. Get inspired by someone who learns, develops and sales.

Is this course for you? Please see requirements and outline here.

 

Are you a web developer, software developer or mobile app developer in Africa, lend me your ears.

Are you a web developer, software developer or mobile app developer in Africa, lend me your ears.

Like they say practice makes perfect but when it’s done right.

That said I encourage you to involve in team work effort products. By that I mean don’t do things alone.

Hook up someone who can help in writing the idea, someone else who can plan the User Interface, also let someone help on the database bit then you can code.

When it’s done, it’s good to hook up a friend, who can record a pitch video about the product and share it. Because who knows, this could be the opening door to the world of opportunities.

Why do I recommend assigning different tasks to different individuals?

Because it will most likely bring the best out of each individual involved. It may also inspire you to learn and develop other skills from the same individuals. Without spending much time looking for where and who to learn from.

Furthermore, it will help you a lot in personal development since here you can easily comprehend your abilities on how you work with others. Which is important because everywhere in the world you cannot work alone. Not even in your own business.

Tip: Don’t give up on developing because not everything you develop must be welcomed by the world. Just keep on learning, developing and sharing soon sales will be closed.

Happy coding!