WELCOME TO MICHAEL ORTNER FOUNDATION
-Martin Luther king, Jr.
The difference one make in the world is not in his/her life, but that made in the lives of others.
This in itself shows the level of appreciation of reality of the Eco- world contribution and empowerment to one's success in life.
LET US SHARE OUR OPPORTUNITIES WITH THEM THAT HAVE NOT HAD THESE OPPORTUNITIES!
GOAL, VISION AND MISSION OF THE FOUNDATION
“TRANSFORMING PEOPLE’S LIVES”
To Create and Build a New Era of Youth Focused and Supportive Global Communities; where the world over is dedicated at Building the Spirit of Patriotism and Global Nationalism among the Youth to increase their Involvement in Global Community Socio-economic and Political Development through the “WE ARE THE CHANGE” PRINCIPLE.
The mission of Michael ORTNER Foundation is to identify the Development Needs, advocate for the Solution and Welfare and Develop the Potential of Children and Youth to qualify them engineer developing cohesive, considerate and creative Communities with equal access to opportunities. And nurture the youth to engineer change by being the change in communities through education empowerment, exposure to new worlds and youth focused programs related to community needs for the development of future potential Youth Human Resource concerned about the creation and development of Global Community with ultimate concern towards youth empowerment, a practical tool for lifelong community transformation.
THE OBJECTIVES AND PROGRAMS OF MOF
1. To create Youth Focused, youth centered and Youth concerned Global Communities where the Youth are valued and prioritized in the Global Community with transparent emphasis on Youth Issues.
2. To advocate for the Welfare of Children and Youth in the Global Community through Global Development Partnerships to expand their opportunities; Global Connections to foster exposure and Resource sharing for development.
3. To empower Children and Youth through developing in them the discipline and character of Progressive Education; Continued search for knowledge, especially in the Developing World-a strategy to expand the Youth Human Resource especially in the Un privileged Global Communities found more in the developing world.
4. To open up the Global Community in Developed World to that of Developing World under Resource sharing through ICTs; Link Rural Regions to Urban through embracing the technological facets, a Global Community Transforming Tool.
5. To foster Children and Youth Development to grow responsibly with focus on nurturing Today to Future Leaders through WE ARE THE CHANGE PRINCIPLE/STRATEGY; Building a reliable Human Resource to place Youths at the Fore-front Platform where they are capable of tackling Global Community Issues.
1. Community Library Initiatives & Computer Literacy
2. Youth Empowerment Programs;
- Career Guidance, Youth Leadership, Talent Development in Sports/Games, Music
3. Environmental Conservation/Management.
BOOKS CHANGE LIVES
THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY PROJECT PROPOSAL
SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT:
Michael Ortner Foundation is setting up a Community Based Library Initiative Project aimed at helping address the challenges that Rural Schools (Pupils and students with teaching staffs) have faced over time of absence of quality Educational Resource.
Education is regarded a priority tool in changing and transforming lives, families and communities in the long run. However, over time Rural schools have failed to bring out better/quality grades to compete nationwide with those in Urban which have access to established Public Education Resource like Public Library.
The Project will include;
- Well Equipped Education Library; Nursery through Primary to Secondary/High School.
- ICT Facility to incorporate Community Development integration into the current technological development
- Youth Empowerment Programs; Career Guidance, Youth Leadership, Talent development Program.
The project is expected to reach out directly to pupils between 800 t0 1500 pupils from 5 Primary Schools. Majority of these schools are offering Universal Primary Education with a population of over 3000 Pupils.
This Project will also serve 4 secondary Schools with students between 1200 to 2500 students.
And indirectly, the project aims at offering such a priority service to the entire Sub-County/County called Nawanyago S/C and entirely Buzaaya County.
The Project will emphasize;
- Developing the reading culture among children and youth in school to better their relevance in the area of Human Resource.
- Enabling the stiff competition between the rural schools and urban schools so as to improve their opportunities in area of education by producing better grades/results
- Assist Community Development Initiatives to develop ICT skills to expand their global partnership for better exposure and to enable them tap into virgin opportunities available to such Initiatives.
Once Michael Ortner Foundation receives a grant to initiate this Project and complete REGISTRATION PROCESSES, it will be in position to access funding to smoothly run the Project and extend it to other Districts especially newly developed ones in the Region.
SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSAL
SECTION 1: CONTEXT
1.1. Background to Education in Uganda
1.2. Background to MOF with the Community Library Initiative
SECTION 2: OBJECTIVE OF MOF IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY LIBRARY INITIATIVE
SECTION 3: ACTIVITIES
SECTION 4: CONCLUSION
SECTION 5: BUDGET SUMMARY
1. TIME SCHEDULE and BENEFICIARIES
2. LOCAL CONTRIBUTION
3. STRATEGIES FOR SUITABILITY AND VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT
4. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
5. INVOLVED PERSONNEL and OTHERS TO BRING ON BOARD
(INTENDED STRUCTURE OF ADMINISTRATION)
6. DETAILED BUDGET
SECTION 1: CONTEXT
1.1. BACKGROUND TO EDUCATION IN UGANDA
Over the past 5-7 years, Uganda Government has massively added Districts in all the 5 Regions of the country to those that existed before. With over 87 Districts existing in Uganda today, a demand is needed to be positively critical of the vitality of such a development in that regard per se.
However, with such a government move in the name of regional development, the focus when this has been embarked on is political and economic developments and education aid facilities are ignored.
Currently, districts that have existed before 2002 have an established public Library serving the whole district (this looks exaggerative, but it is true).
In Busoga region, Jinja has one Public Library that is taken to be serving the entire Jinja (implication) and Kamuli district as well has one.
Within 2 years, Kamuli has been reduced when Kaliro was transformed into a district and Budiope into another district.
These new districts completely lack education facilities and even when such developments are to be established, this will be done in not less than 7-10 years when various administrative developments have been established.
But with the current worldwide move towards global development, can this be of relevance to an illiterate community, not because they have not had opportunity to study, but due to fact that there were no facilities to supplement their efforts for excellent results.
MICHAEL ORTNER FOUNDATION has identified a great urgent need to bring education aid services close to rural school going youth and other groups.
This can then enhance education competition through self motivated reading and research, a discipline through which youths are able to expose themselves to better their lives, the family and entire community.
1.2. BACKGROUND TO MOF WITH THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY INITIATIVE
Michael Ortner Foundation is a family Foundation, NAIKOBA Josephine (Late) family under the establishment of her only son as a Legacy and appreciation to Michael Ortner-MHM Priest from Austria, Europe. He served in Uganda under Jinja Catholic Diocese in Wesunire Parish (Kamuli District) since late 1970s to mid 1990s when he returned to Austria.
Our family has greatly been transformed because of his generosity to my mother/our family, especially to me in area of funding my education.
With this, I have found but this one way to appreciate him for all he is doing for NAIKOBA Josephine Family through this foundation to extend services to other un privileged children and youths.
Education and other opportunities I have accessed, has been based on the quality education foundation, and herewith such a background experienced of the relevance of education in building society want to share such opportunities with other young people.
The testimony of who I am, I know that through bringing education resource near, other youth oriented and community empowerment programs, many youths especially in rural areas can realize their potential to transform their lives, that of the family and entire community through utilizing the available education resource.
The Foundation is established to run 3 programs;
- Community Library Initiative
- Youth Empowerment Program
- Environment Management.
With the Implementation of the Library project, it does incorporate the Youth Empowerment Program as this is the urgent project.
The foundation is in plan to get registered by 1st, September this year first as a Limited Co. by Guarantee and then, as a CBO/NGO.
I have discussed this with AMBA LEGAL CONSULTANTS-MUKONO, who have availed the necessary formalities for registration and established that approximately US DOLLARS 1000 is enough to complete this process. Therefore, with registration, I shall be in position to access more funding from International Organizations.
SECTION 2: OBJECTIVE OF MOF IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The overall vision of MOF is MOF to create a world of collective responsibility where individuals/families in partnership with the rest of Human Race locally and globally create self sustaining children-centered, concerned and children-supportive Communities. And to create communities which collectively care for the elderly people.
To create and strengthen Communities to place Children at the Fore-front of Community Development; basic needs attended to especially a sound education through establishing a Child-centered, family focused and a community-based Foundation.
THIS VISION IS REFLECTED IN THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITY LIBRARY INITIATIVE OBJECTIVES;
- To establish a resource for local teachers, pupils and students. Pupils and students gain access to useful study materials which are not available at the schools.
- Having access to educational resource, pupils and students will be able to improve their performance in school and compete favorably at national level exams.
- With provision of inspirational and motivational reading materials, pupils and students’ minds shall change and enhance genuine decision making.
- Through youth empowerment program like organizing sports and games, community youth debates, career guidance, HIV/AIDs campaign, children and youth shall abstain from immorality; focus on self development for community development and empowerment.
- To lay a foundation for future establishment of a Foundation Regional ICT Resource Center equipped with modern computer technology to create an opportunity to these youths to be part of the modern world of technology.
- To empower the communities through campaign on the importance of agriculture, given the fact that agriculture is the backbone of our country, through the technology global linkages.
The goal of MOF is transforming peoples’ Lives and this under this project in specific is to;
“Within 5yrs, to achieve establishing a grass root Global foundation fully focusing on transforming lives of youths through an education program where knowledge and practicable skills are passed on to them. And to have more opportunities brought closer into their reach to better the future of their communities through utilizing such resource for quality education.
This is to be through initiating Global development partnerships with NGOs/Business firms working under Philanthropy sector.”
The more specific purpose is;
“Within the next 2.5 years to have established a 3-in-1 Regional Community Library having a Library, an ICT Resource Centre and an Auditorium Room/facility for plays and drama to empower the youths in the region and then, create aground for a Country-wide Community Library Network.”
SECTION 3: ACTIVITIES
1. Community Library Initiative and ICT Program
This includes; Provision of Reading materials, guidance on conducting research to beneficiaries, Community Sensitization to bridge gap between the parents, schools’ management and the Project.
ICT program will enhance global linkage among schools globally to tap into the Global School Partnership Programs like one offered by UK Government through DFID/ British Council, which many rural/Urban schools/community initiatives have not exploited.
2. Youth Empowerment Program
Under the Library Project, this Program shall be initiated and offered to community youths.
Areas of Involvement;
leadership Development, Career Guidance, Christian Life Nurturing (Discipleship), Computer Literacy, Debates and Drama/Plays, Life Skills- HIV/AIDs, Entrepreneurial/Business skills.
This shall be done through; Annual/Monthly Seminars, Sports Activities, School visits to share our lives with young people and develop/fill the void to role models in society especially Rural Communities around.
I shall also develop global partnerships with other youth Initiatives and Media Corporations like BBC, WBS through which I can get access to various film/movie/drama and plays stars to partner with in youth empowerment.
This will enable the Foundation access technical support as well as other forms of support to make the Initiative of great necessity, and to be in position to extend it to other regions.
3. Environmental Management:
Partnership with the Environmental Organizations working especially with the youth- Young Talk and Straight Talk Foundation can assist nurture youths into responsible growing up global citizens who care about their environment.
And through further involvement of National Environmental Bodies like NEMA, NFA and other Multi-National Environmental Bodies, communities can be empowered on the need to preserve, manage and care for the environment.
SECTION 4: CONCLUSION
§ We are soliciting support from Real Africa Tours to do establish the Foundation Library to aid education in the County, alongside registration of the Foundation.
§ The project is specifically aimed at making sure that School going children/youth benefit from the Free Education through provision of Study/Education Aid materials, which can help them discover their full potential for excellence in Education.
§ We believe that the context in which we are operating beginning this year is greatly imperative. The intention is to use this District County- Buzaaya (Kamuli District as a pilot study and, later with further assistance to extend to other regions and East African Countries.
§ The emphasis on District development and Community Based Initiatives makes it a Project that can be sustainable at Community Level.
§ Various BOOK AID Organizations have been conducted and very willing to support, as long as they are availed with Registration Certificates.
This makes it of priority to be supported in this area, which wills open doors to accessing funding from various sources since none or few NGOs are supportive of CBO registration fees grant.
Various Embassies are supportive of such Community Initiatives; French Embassy (Social Development Fund-SDF), Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany (Small Scale Project Fund) and other NGOs; Peace Child International.
§ I have taken great time exposing myself to operations of NGOS/Development Organizations. I do stand out with passion to Be The Change and influence other youths and my staff to stand out for the benefit of the Communities being intended to serve.
§ The greatest management staff is being looked at in the area of bridging collaboration/partnership with Various NGOs having Volunteering Program, so that they send volunteers to the Project; SPW Org. (February to August Volunteering Program), and I believe with time I shall get to know others.
This will reduce administration expenses and maximize funds for other developments.
SECTION 5: BUDGET SUMMARY
A full detailed Budget is included within the appendix.
In brief, we are requesting a grant of USD 8,382
This would cover;
- Foundation Registration USD 962
- Library Stock (Books&Materials) USD 3,629
- Furniture and Fittings USD 773
- Renovation of Building/Power Installation USD 1,446
- Computer Accessories; USD 1572
- Desktop Computer USD 353
- Big Printer (All-in-One) HP Laser Jet USD 288
- Big Photocopying Machine (LG Type) USD 1219
Our Family has offered to harbor temporarily the Library until when funds are accessed to transfer this Project to a permanent place. The Building only needs renovation as indicated above.
The acquisition of the Computer Accessories and Big Photocopier will generate incomes that can be used to cover part of the Library staff/employees salary and other expenses.
The greatest problem hindering access to various funding opportunities is Foundation Registration.
Your assistance in covering the Registration fees to enable the Foundation get Registered will open doors to further funding that can be used to expand the programs of the Foundation.
This is the greatest challenge, which indeed needs urgent attention.
Therefore, should you feel the Budget exceeds what can be funded, consider funding us in the area of Foundation Registration.
For with Registration, the Foundation shall get to exist as a legal Entity capable of suing and to be sued, purchase assets and be able to exist independent of the Family.
This security will give funders confidence to fund the programs of the foundation and as well, will enable me stand in position to direct smoothly the activities of the Foundation without any insecurity.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can work together in the Future.
MICHAEL ORTNER FOUNDATION-MOF-
SECTION 6: APPENDICES
TIME SCHEDULE and BENEFICIARIES:
The Project starts as soon as funds are accessed.
We are working hard to access funds to have the Foundation registered by September.
And once this is achieved, the other developments can be embarked on while Registration is in Process.
Between July and December is an appropriate time to set the facility in place and have official opening by January.
School going pupils and students within BUZAAYA County
School Teaching Staffs from the schools within this locality (about 7-10 Primary/Secondary schools)
School going Pupils and Students from other Counties
Building (family Contribution Until Foundation acquires her own asset)
The Local Community will contribute the mobilization at family level to have the children/youth make use of this facility for their development.
The Local Authorities shall have one Representative on the Administration to assist the Foundation management have relevant information/contributions on how to better serve the community.
The Foundation will also have one Representative from the Schools within the area to mobilize information resource and channel it to the management on how to effectively meet the needs of the beneficiaries.
ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION FOR MAINTENAINCE (LIBRARY)
Schools shall pay a fee of Ugshs. 5000 per 4months period.
Pupils/Students shall pay a fee of Ugshs. 2000 per 6months.
STRATEGIES FOR SUSTABILITY AND VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT
The Project will be sustained on the basis of my effective management and supervision of employed staff and volunteers, with the assistance of the Local Authorities and the served community.
The family members and friends with relevant skills will also be involved in management to have the Initiative sustained.
The small Incomes from various Income projects will be used to cater for the staff and as well, be used to fund establishment of more income generating facilities that will be used to globally link the Foundation to the Outside world.
I shall also work hard through research and consultations to access opportunities of Global Partnerships for Development, through which other programs could be established with access to technical, financial and material assistance.
Great focus will also be placed on skill development to acquire more knowledge and expertise to be able to smoothly sustain the established initiative.
VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT:
The Project is the first of a kind in the region and of great urgent need to school going children and youth.
Viability is also looked at in the way the it will BIRTH A NEW AGE of ROLE MODEL SHIP in the Locality, where youths will get better exposed on how they should regard and value their success in life; to strive using the opportunities before them to benefit their communities especially the youth who have not had such opportunities-TO BE THE CHANGE THE WANT TO SEE IN THE COMMUNITY AND GLOBAL VILLAGE.
I have grown up looking at how many youths are growing and the perspective of their future; and this can be one way to correct the self centered nature of many youths as they grow up.
This mentality has limited the potential of youths who have ended up into idleness out of frustration leading to early marriages, early pregnancies and many vices in community.
Many developments are to be birthed through this Project; Community ICTs where Community Groups; women Economic Initiative, Cooperative societies, Local Authorities and Schools can be helped to realize the relevance of technology in this generation.
Therefore, this is in itself enough to justify the Viability of this Project to be launched.
I do solemnly promise that you will not regret the time you are deciding to put in to have this initiative a success and you will be able to see how your money is being utilized.
The funds shall be managed on the basis of withdrawal at interval per a specific activity.
And this will be under my management with the assistance of the accountability personnel and other staff.
It would as well be great opportunity if the Funders accepted to be involved where possible in the area of evaluation to see that their money is being put to the purpose it was sought for.
To me, this would be a great opportunity to involve my funders in the activities of the Project; this can give them the opportunity to experience the relevance of the Project, their service other than just money and to be in position to develop a more working/friendly relationship with the Recipient Organization staff and beneficiaries.
INVOLVED PERSONNEL and OTHERS TO BRING ON BOARD
(INTENDED STRUCTURE OF ADMINISTRATION)
The Foundation Project is to be under my management with the assistance of one appointed family member with the relevant skills in this field.
Volunteers from the Community schools especially those in vacation periods to assist them gain experience and some skills in working environment.
Other Volunteers will be from established Multi-national Organizations which I intend to seek collaboration/partnership with.
One Representative from the Local Authorities and Schools to help in; the supervision and provision of the necessary evaluation of the project and to also provide necessary information of how to better serve the Beneficiary communities.
PARTICULAR QTITY COST/UNIT(ughshs) TOTAL COST
LIBRARY BOOKS PRIMARY LEVEL
ENGLISH BOOKS COPIES 875,500
Students Companion 10 12,000 120,000
MK Precise English Grammar 10 13,500 135,000
Junior English C&Grammar 10 12,000 120,000
Detailed English Grammar Bk 15 13,900 208,500
Guardian to passing PLE 10 14,700 147,000
PLE English Qtns.&Answers 10 14,500 145,000
Primary Mathematics 10 18,200 182,000
MK Revision Mathematics 10 13,500 135,000
Concise Approach to PLE 10 22,000 220,000
PLE Mathematics 10 14,500 145,000
Passing Your PLE Mathematics 10 18,000 180,000
Comprehensive&Complete Course 7 12,000 84,000
Fountain Integrated Primary Science 10 9,500 95,000
MK Integrated Science 10 13,200 132,000
Human Body 10 20,000 200,000
See Inside the Body 10 20,000 200,000
Comprehensive Revision Science 10 13,000 130,000
Basic Science&Health Education 6 11,000 66,000
SOCIAL STUDIES 851,400
Primary History for Uganda 10 7,000 70,000
Comprehensive S.S.T Book 10 13,000 130,000
MK Standard Social Studies Book 10 13,500 135,000
Preparing for Exams 10 14,000 140,000
MK Standard Revision for C&Islam 7 13,200 92,400
PLE S.S.T Qtns.&Answers (UNEB) 10 14,500 145,000
PLE Guide for S.S.T&Religious Educ. 10 13,900 139,000
GENERAL EDUCATION RESOURCES (THESE MUST BE IN AN EQUIPPED LIBRARY)
Concise Oxford Thesaurus Dictionary 3 90,000 270,000
Oxford English Primary Dictionary 5 35,000 175,000
Macmillan School Dictionary 10 14,000 140,000
Fountain Junior Illustrated Dictionary 5 20,000 200,000
Oxford Dictionary (African Edition) 5 14,500 72,500
SOCIAL STUDIES 838,500
Usborne School Atlas 15 15,900 238,500
MK Primary Atlas 15 11,000 165,000
Primary S.S.T Atlas for Uganda 15 11,000 165,000
1st Encyclopedia of History 10 14,000 140,000
Weather (Climatic Change) 10 13,000 130,000
Oxford Study Science Dictionary 5 30,000 150,000
1st Children Encyclopedia 10 35,000 350,000
World of Science 5 19,900 99,500
Train Your Brain 5 39,900 199,500
5000 Fantastic Facts 5 19,900 99,500
Big Book of Knowledge (King Fisher) 3 42,000 126,000
World of Animals 5 26,900 134,500
Children Encyclopedia 3 40,000 120,000
Wild Animals 3 39,900 119,700
CHRISTIAN MATERIALS 837,000
Photo Tiles (Short&long Vowels) Scholastic 5 15,900 79,500
Picture World Lotto (Initial&Final Consonants) 5 19,900 99,500
Prayer Board Book 5 15,900 79,500
Candle Bible for Toddlers 5 19,900 99,500
Noah &His Big Boat 5 25,000 125,000
Noah Ark Pop-Up 5 25,000 125,000
Holy Bible 5 20,000 100,000
Our Loving God 2 12,000 24,000
Poems for the Very Young 5 21,000 105,000
GAMES (CREATIVITY, BRAIN STORMING AND ENGLISH PRACTICE) 475,000
Scrabble 3 75,000 225,000
Chess 5 50,000 250,000
RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING 3,108,900
Plastering, Painting and Roof Ceiling
(4Roomed Building and 2 Boys Quarters) 2,135,900
Power Installation 973,000
FURNITURE AND FITTINGS 1,660,900
Book Shelves 12 69,700 836,400
Tables 8 65,000 520,000
Chairs 35 8,700 304,500
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I take the pleasure to share with you the progress of Michael Ortner Foundation!
We look forward to having the Foundation registered by the end of this year.
And we are sure that by January, all necessary arrangements for the launch of the Foundation shall be fully in place.
However, I call for technical support in this infancy stage of this foundation.
I know that starting a grass-root community focused Organization as well as Multinational focused depends on the Foundation laid from the start; the core values leading to establishment of an excellent Organization behavior.
All this depends on the exposure, the global network base and the relations developed with other Initiatives/Organizations and experienced personnel in the field.
I am determined to have all this work out, to lay a ground for a family Foundation working under Philanthropy sector that can stand generations to come under the family posterity.
I welcome you all with any support, especially technically!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I extend appreciation to every individual who has chosen to stand with this Foundation in this time of Initiation.
I know that soon, the funds to help in the registration shall be got.
I shall update you my friends on every step!
thank you for visiting and trust.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
This was a great opportunity for me to get grounded in the global issues affecting the youth in this generation.
Tallberg and YES Inc. are credited for their efforts towards tackling the issues of youth empowerment especially econmically through Reworking the world.
I congratulate the Youth Worldwide for their determination to Rework the world and their representation of home commuities in this summit.
I believe this has contributed to global linkages among us to work together to REWORK THE WORLD.
REWORK THE WORLD
Friday, June 4, 2010
I was raised up in a small Catholic parish where mum worked as a Chef and supervising other 3 workers in kitchen work and other necessary parish duties. I recall every morning waking up and running to Fr. Michael Ortner’s door, greet and wait to be driven around the compound carrying timber from one corner to another. I could see big friends go and return from school, that many times I could as well join them in class, but leave any time I wanted to leave.
Later, I joined a good Nursery School far from home, more of a Boarding school under the care of a sister to mum’s friend. She was rich that every weekend she lost a tooth to the dentist, I recall every Sunday being driven around Jinja town.
She run this small Nursery school under her daughter. It was a small school but with magnificent children play materials. My exposure got so improved from this Nursery school and I can testify that my life today has been partly built from the exposure I got from this Nursery school.
At this school, I recall playing with toys, a Heavy truck every break time in our play room where all sorts of playing toys were stationed and organized.
I then joined primary, another private school which had collaborations with a school in Canada. This connection was so life changing that we used to write letters to our friends in Canada, but few pupils were always given their replies. However, that school could send my school all kinds of books and reading cards for beginners.
The school embraced me and utilized my potential, I was a sharp smart boy playing every game and involved in all activities at school, a Prefect and every morning I could come early to school and open the school premises. I could then look through the book shelf in the Head-Mistress’ office, pick a good picture fiction book and begin to read interesting pages.
We had no School Library, but we had a Central Library which could be accessed by both Pupils and teachers from the Central location; Head Teacher’s office. I cannot boast of reading many books as friends used to do, but those I managed to read shaped my life. My excellent performance was rewarded when I got transferred to a Boarding School which had a Library equipped with books-Kamuli Boys Boarding School. This School had majority of children from rich families from within and outside the Country. I utilized the Library books and attained a First Grade, joined the best School in Eastern Uganda- Kiira College Butiki, that has a partner Hampton School in England.
While at this school, I was able to have personal copies of some of the books I needed for my academic excellence. And we had a spectacular ICT Resource Center building completed in 2005. I recall before joining this school, I just used too hear about computers and wondering whether a day would come for me to stop just watching them in movies and pictures. But God answered my prayer that at this College, was introduced to Basic Computing.
However, I did not have interest in the beginning because the kids from families where they have computers always controlled the key Boards and mouse. The greatest opportunity for me to gain interest in learning how to operate computers came when Internet satellite was introduced and asked each one student to open up an email address. Every time I had personal reading time and free time after classes; in the evening, I could go to the lab, register and access a Computer to surf the Internet.
When I learnt how to conduct research on the Internet, I raised the standard and begun to travel to Jinja town, 30 Km from school to access a computer café to surf and access myself to global development opportunities.
I have cherished development issues and I recall subscribing to the Development Magazine website to begin receiving these free magazines published by DFID-Uk. While in secondary school, I opened up my Private Postal Box in Jinja to begin receiving my mails, than through school. The first item I received was this development Magazine, wherein I read about the MDGs, and the strategy to eliminate poverty by 2015. I received a DVD with a magazine about how aid is used in the developing countries and these materials have shaped my life.
I am so centered on contributing to global community development because I been in Environment where such opportunities have been available; the opportunity to study with children from rich families in the same school. Many of them have always made jokes in reality; “Vincent, I we would not be friends if it was not for who you truly are. You are a focused fellow and this leaves me with no option but to be a friend.”
Having been raised up by my grandma and under a Guardian sponsorship, MHM Rev.Fr.Michael Ortner, I have maneuvered through all circumstances and today, I testify while at University joining my 3rd year in law School this September, 2010.The exposure I have got through access to literature and various reading materials contributed greatly to keeping me focused.
But amidst my growing up, I have witnessed and still do witness the way fellow sisters, the community mothers of this generation have their education dreams shattered by early pregnancies and early marriages; some of which marriages are forced by their parents as early as between 15&19yrs.
It does really pain me in that how would one expect such a mother to effectively care for her family and educate her children. I have seen majority of them break up even before a year ends and have the baby from her parents’ house.
Parents especially in the rural areas have not had the opportunities to afford availing education basics for their children, yet in Urban areas they have had given the nature of the Environment. The greatest %tage of school drop-out is in rural areas; due to lack of attention from parents and school authorities. Children are frustrated by poor performances and little exposure and choose to leave/abandon school.
And this is as well reflected in the National Exam results where the best performing schools are Urban based and majority of failures registered are rural based schools; more of which are free/Universal Primary and Free/Universal Secondary Education where not even teaching materials are un available.
Teachers use the note books they used in study colleges and got from the pupils/students they have taught previously and use those to teach. They are not addressed to new developments in the education system; to new study subject materials.
Personally, having grown up in such community settings and aware of the Global Fight and endeavors to have the MDGs achieved by 2015, the youth globally especially in developing world need great assistance.
Children out here need to be accessed to opportunities where they embrace Education and be Role Models for the generations to come.
Africa has been known for a poor reading culture. But shall we allow this to continue? And can honestly Millennium Development Goals be achieved when Africa and other developing worlds have a challenge of Education; when reading culture is poor? And if it’s achieved by 2015, do we believe this will last long when we have over 1.5bn youth in the developing world considering the challenges of youth in this Generation especially out here? With the developments in technology, shall the entire developing world (local Communities) benefit from this technology unless generous people come up to partner and have it brought nearer to people?
I testify that there are many new districts in Uganda currently which have not more than 5 Schools having a Computer set in school. I recall in 2006/7, DFID-UK launched a School/Institution Partnership program to link UK Schools/Institutions to those in the Developing World, few of rural schools are aware of such opportunities. The opportunities of Fair trade using the Internet to market farm produce; farming community development associations, Youth Initiatives are out here missing on great opportunities due to ignorance/computer illiteracy and lack of access to such learning opportunities.
THE GREAT NEED IS IN DEMAND TO BRING SUCH SERVICES AND OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTLY TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES; to Establish Community Libraries for school going children which shall improve grades of rural schools. This will also reduce the number of early school drop outs since children shall have reading materials to compete favorably and attain excellent results.
And to Establish Community ICTs alongside the Library to conduct Basic Computing Services/training-targeting; Community Development Initiatives/Groups-Women Initiatives, Farmers’ Associations, Community Local Leaders, School Administrative staffs, Schools Students Leadership Bodies/Prefects Seminars in Computing.
I do have the communities at heart and I hope you have enjoyed reading my testimonial.
If there is any way you may need more Information on how to help and be involved; to make a difference in the lives of needy communities out here.
I AM IN PROCESS TO ESTABLISH MICHAEL ORTNER FOUNDATION-MOF- TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS.
You may get in touch with me;
KABAALE VINCENT PAUL (Founder President),
P.O. Box. 267 JINJA, UGANDA, EAST AFRICA.