Equipped with two rugged computers, a server, and wifi access, Hello Hubs are solar-powered internet kiosks that are built and maintained by the community. As access to digital technology becomes increasingly important in our world, Hello Hubs connect individuals in regions of the world where traditional schooling resources may be scarce.
Image courtesy of Roland Wells, Projects for All.
PED will be working with Projects for All to identify community partners in the Fort Portal and Katale regions of Uganda, near Tooro High School and St. James respectively. Hello Hubs will not only directly benefit students and teachers through its educational programming, but also its ability to connect students and schools throughout the world, eliminating barriers and expanding opportunities for cross-cultural learning. And, for a country like Uganda, who recently passed legislation that requires all secondary students to pass a computer exam to complete their schooling, access to Hello Hubs will help students to practice their skills in preparation for such a task.
Photo courtesy of Katrin Macmillan of Projects for All.
But the impact of Hello Hubs extends beyond just students and teachers - youth who aren’t enrolled in schools, adults who have not completed schooling, and local community leaders and members are all able to access educational programming, health information, and entrepreneurial support found on Hello Hubs.
We believe in the power that education can have on individuals and their communities. We couldn’t be more excited to be working alongside Projects for All to reimagine digital learning and continue empowering communities in Uganda.