GSSW's Kamya Launches Drive for Ugandan Schools

GSSW's Kamya Launches Drive for Ugandan Schools

Assoc. Prof. Hugo Kamya (GSSW) is grateful for the computer he uses in his work, and he is well aware that such technology is in short supply in his native Uganda, especially for schoolchildren.

That is why Kamya has started a project to donate used but still operational computers and computer equipment to two Ugandan schools, the St. Noa Primary and Secondary School and the Kabojja Demonstration School. Earlier this spring, Kamya began asking members of the Boston College community to contribute to the drive, with encouraging results thus far.

"I had hoped to get perhaps 20 workable computers," said Kamya late last month. "But with the enthusiasm and support people have shown, I may try for 50.

"It may not seem like something that will make much of a difference, but it does. Consider that in one of the schools, there are only four computers available for 800 children, and in the other school, 2,000 children - along with the school's administrators and faculty - must share two computers. These computers are old and usually in poor working condition.

"There is a lot of discussion nowadays about the 'digital divide,' and how as technology becomes more a part of our lives there are many people who are getting left behind, especially in the poorer countries. The teachers at St. Noa and Kabojja struggle to prepare their students to have successful lives, but this is difficult without basic technological resources.

"When I saw these two schools, it moved me to think about the social justice philosophy Boston College espouses, and the importance of reaching out to the disadvantaged in whatever way we can. I believe that is what this project is all about, and I am pleased to see many others at BC think so, too."

Kamya hopes to have all donations by the end of this semester, and then begin the process of shipping the equipment during the summer.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Kamya at ext.2-2539.

-Sean Smith  

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