July 2009, in the war-torn northern Uganda region U-TOUCH first invited Gulu schools, including teachers and students to learn and use technology to advance their curriculum. Recognizing the value of technology with the schools , how then, could U-TOUCH help the countless out of school children gain access to an education? How could U-TOUCH make the connection between technology and students school fees. U-TOUCH turned to the older youth out of school to become U-TOUCH certified in computer skills, life skills, entrepreneurship skills, job skills and women empowerment skills. The older youth would become employed or become an entrepreneur. They would earn the income for the family and help pay the school fees putting siblings in school.
As a result, youth are back in school and the community is progressing. From a ghost town, a war-torn region in 2007 following the LRA War, to a currently progressing town, Gulu is soon to be classified as a City and U-TOUCH is in the heart of that growth.