KiBO Foundation, a social enterprise focused on developing skills and unleashing the capacity of youth through ICT skills in Uganda, has started a programme in Entebbe to help young people with disabilities attain IT skills.
The KiBO programme is expected to benefit over 350 youth in the municipality. The program seeks to generate change by providing schools with content that will open up their students’ minds to becoming great leaders and entrepreneurs.
Abraham Temu, KiBO´s Founder & Managing Director, said: "KiBO Foundation, Cisco and Entebbe Municipality officially launched a Community Knowledge Center (CKC) to provide members of rural communities, and especially the deaf, access to technology, to enable them find jobs, start businesses, gain education, and increase their financial self-sufficiency".
The project is set to help people with hearing difficulties acquire IT knowledge to make them better suited for the job market.
Temu also added that the Entebbe CKC was started two years ago and has trained hundreds of community members to date, including the youth and teachers, who are awarded certificates of accomplishment. He said "this will act as a demonstration centre from which youths will have access to the best technology in the world, unlike the current situation where students find difficulty in research because of lack of information centres".
This programme is part of a commitment by Cisco, a global IT company, to provide useful content and technology to disadvantaged groups in Africa, so that they can have access to what is happening around the globe.
"Through engaging municipalities in developing strategies that affect the young people, challenge their mindsets, we hope this will open up their minds to being great thinkers and pillars of change in their communities", Temu said.
KiBO hopes to set up seven more centres in other parts of Uganda including in Nebbi
, and Lira
. In 2013, Cisco funded six CKCs across Uganda - Entebbe, Gulu, Lira, Nebbi, Ngora and Ntungamo Districts, with KiBO Foundation as the lead implementer; similar centers have been implemented across Africa to enable rural communities have access to Information and Communication Technology.
(Source: All Africa