The Importance of ICT to Children Living in Rural African Villages

Charles Obuk

My name is Charles Obuk.  I am 14 and I live in a remote village in Agoro, which is in the mountains of Northern Uganda, just before Sudan.  You might be surprised but we have a computer in our village, but we have no electricity and no internet.  I had used it before I joined the Butterfly Project, but not very much.  I want to tell people about why computers are important to the children in my village.

1.RESEARCH

A computer is important to the children living in villages because it help them to do research on various issues that they don’t know so that they can be able to know more about it.

2. WORLD ISSUES AND NEWS.

Through internet on a computer, one is able to find out the truth on what is taking place around the world. Children are able to know what happens outside their country and not have to rely on what is told.

3. EXPERIENCE ON WHAT TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE BROUGHT

Technology and Science has brought about many changes including making machines and computers. If children are to be in villages without knowing such changes, they will fail exams if these questions come, as they have no experience. Computers may help them to do some research on what they are learning at school.

Brian teaching another boy at the Chrysalis Centre

4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Computer is the most common means that people are using as a communication link. By this, children would at least get someone whom he would be able to ask to be a guide so that he or she would become someone good and respected. Children could even get sponsorship through a computer with internet.

5. IMPROVEMENT OF WRITING SKILLS.

 By typing on computer due to doing some research or chatting with friends, children may greatly improve on their hand writing skills. After knowing and improving on their hand writing, they may be able to start writing big things like blogs and thus develop a talent for writing.

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of ICT to Children Living in Rural African Villages

  1. Well done, Charles. I enjoyed reading your blog and your thoughts about computers. You could add to this by saying where you learnt more about computers and using the internet.
    Christine

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