What We Do

In the developed world we take being connected for granted.  Our devices bring us access to the world of information, communication, health care, education, job and business opportunities.

While many economies in Africa are growing and have need of skilled IT workers, over 86% of Africa’s population still has no Internet access.   Millions of young women and men living in regions of rural Africa still have no internet or IT knowledge or training.  They have been left out of the internet revolution and access to improved education, employment, communication and empowerment.

U-TOUCH Certification achieved by students who master the curriculum earn an advantage which is highly regarded. Certification leads to employment and educational opportunities.  In fact, students with university degrees have found with their additional U-TOUCH certification they are gaining access to employment. High school students are taking on advanced technology studies and have been honored highly regarded opportunities for training with Google and provided opportunities in other countries including China. U-TOUCH graduates have become radio personalities and others gone on to take leadership positions in tech companies.

U-TOUCH sponsored students have been thriving in school. They are studying in high schools and universities and performing top in their classes and in the district with their U-TOUCH technology education. They are studying medicine, teaching, advanced art and technology, public administration, computer science, and more.

“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”  Peter Drucker

U-TOUCH knows how to bridge this digital divide and open the doors of opportunity.  We’ve seen how the power of IT can change lives and communities.

 

Improving and Creating Employment

Using their new IT skills, many U-TOUCH graduates are becoming employed for the first time.  Graduates have developed the confidence and skills to set and achieve their goals. They are developing business skills and becoming entrepreneurs. Graduates who had previous employment have received promotions. Students have ventured into their own IT businesses, extending IT-based skills throughout their community.
U-TOUCH is fortifying families by training women and men in IT and life skills.  As a result U-TOUCH graduates are earning an income, giving them the ability to provide for their family’s education, nutrition, shelter, household needs and health care.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE DIGITAL WORLD

While many economies in Africa are growing and have need of skilled IT workers, over 86% of Africa’s population still has no Internet access.   Millions of young women and men living in regions of rural Africa still have no internet or IT knowledge or training.  They have been left out of the internet revolution and access to improved education, employment, communication and empowerment.

“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.”  Peter Drucker

U-TOUCH knows how to bridge this digital divide and open the doors of opportunity.  We’ve seen how the power of IT can change lives and communities.

Since 2010, we’ve graduated over 5000 students in northern Uganda from the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum.

Most of our students have never touched a computer before, and have walked miles just to do so. They know that knowledge of computers, computer technology and the Internet is essential to building and establishing careers that will integrate with the changing economy of their country, yet until U-TOUCH began offering classes in remote areas of Uganda, this opportunity was only a dream.

We begin the course with an introduction to the fundamentals: explaining the computer’s components, operating system basics, and how to use a mouse and keyboard. Within 12 weeks, our students have learned how to use resources on the Internet; email, Microsoft Office, productivity and social networking programs, and how to manage computer security and privacy. U-TOUCH also offers students a variety of related subjects to increase their skill sets such as job, health, communication, entrepreneurship, computer programming and digital art skills.

In the developed world we take being connected for granted.  Our devices bring us access to the world of information, communication, health care, education, job and business opportunities.

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT

U-TOUCH ~ Women’s Empowerment Program

Women are the backbone of Africa. They bear the children, care for their families, work the garden, and spend hours walking for water. Too often these responsibilities keep them from the education and opportunities that would improve the lives of their whole families. Empowering women changes communities and economies.

Young Ugandan women participate in the U-TOUCH intensive month-long Women’s Empowerment (WE) program to challenge traditional and limited gender roles and redefine women as valuable and powerful. Building on the solid foundation of women’s rights the participants of the WE Program develop self-esteem, leadership, life skills, business and technology skills for the Digital Age.

The beneficiaries of the WE Program have realized that life can be more than struggle and hardship. For the first time they see opportunity – then hope – then the confidence to set their own goals and develop a plan. Empowered with an array of effective life skills, access to technology and surrounded by positive support these women begin a successful journey toward economic freedom. With their U-TOUCH certification the graduates of the WE Program have started successful businesses, been employed or have been promoted. With their increased income they can not only meet basic needs like clean water, food and shelter they have an improved capacity to afford better healthcare and provide access to education for her family.

It is extraordinarily exciting to witness Ugandan women having access to technology and immediately redefining what is possible. Learning computer skills and accessing unlimited information on the Internet shatters their notion of what they can do – the sky is now the limit. The Women’s Empowerment program unlocks their hidden potential and the impact is profound and sustainable!

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