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Free Internet Access To over 1.5 Million Refugees

Free Internet Access To over 1.5 Million Refugees

The Ugandan government has decided to provide free internet access to over 1.5 million refugees which will help them develop digital skills.

Partnership with the World Bank is what made this to be possible. The government and World bank has partnered to launch the Universal Digital Acceleration Program which will facilitate the free internet access to Uganda’s refugee communities.

Uganda, landlocked country in east-central Africa. About the size of Great Britain, Uganda is populated by dozens of ethnic groups. The English language and Christianity help unite these diverse peoples, who come together in the cosmopolitan capital of Kampala, a verdant city whose plan includes dozens of small parks and public gardens and a scenic promenade along the shore of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake. The Swahili language unites the country with its East African neighbours Kenya and Tanzania. Source britannica

As of July 2022, Uganda was home to over 1.5 million refugees, making them one of the top countries in the world for hosting refugees. Uganda has the most refugees recorded in all of Africa which most of the refugees fled from South Sudan.

The Universal Digital Acceleration Program will kick-start on July 1, 2023. This program will help provide essential digital skills for the refugees. The program will help to develop new educational infrastructure and also teach the refugees new language skills which will help make them employable.

Amina Zawedde, who is the Uganda’s Permanent Secretary for ICT and National Guidanceannounced this at an event which was co-hosted by the Uganda Small Scale Industries Association, Centenary Industries Limited, and  MTN Uganda.

The Uganda Small Scale Industries Association, Centenary Industries Limited, and  MTN Uganda teamed up to raise $4,000 which will be use to expand the computer lab at Refugee and Hope International.

Refugee and Hope International is a non-profit refugee home in Kampala, Uganda. The non-profit refugee home provides entrepreneurial training, language study, and counselling for those with post-traumatic stress disorder which is due to their home country’s crisis.

The Permanent Secretary for ICT and National Guidance expressed optimism for the Universal Digital Acceleration Program, saying that having access to the internet will be helpful for last-mile communities like refugee camps. She also go on to say that if you have access to the internet be it in the government buildings, schools, and hospitals, make sure to use the internet more effectively.

 

That’s not all, the MTN Uganda donated an ICT lab to the non-profit refugee home, which will help in empowering and providing them with the necessary tools which will help them succeed as entrepreneurs through training and mentoring

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