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2008 - 09 BOSCO Achievements


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2008 - 09 BOSCO Achievements

  1. 1. ICT for Development and collaboration in Northern UgandaAchievements 2008-2009Organizational structure achievements(1) Established Organizational Structure and Hierarchy · The bishop of Gulu Archdiocese acts as the trustee of the organization locally. · Under the Bishop, a local Board of Directors operates on broad organizational matters · Executive Director collaborates with local BoD and Archdiocese; also oversees staff and makes management decisions · 5 local staff positions filled: Executive Director, Finance Administrator, two Project Coordinators, and a Technical Assistant · Horizont 3000 (Austrian Organization for Development Cooperation) and BOSCO-USA act as consulting and oversight partners; H3000 supports the work of one full time Technical and Organizational Advisor and BOSCO-USA supports the position of one full time Communications envoy(2) Expansion of human resources · In mid 2008 BOSCO had no local full-time staff; Currently we have 7 full time staff(3) Establishment of permanent office space · Were sharing a small space for our server at Caritas office previously. · Moved in to our own spacious office, attached to Catechists Training Center, Gulu, which houses our staff and our server equipments(4) Completed Strategic Planning Document for 2009-2010 · Available for viewing here: BOSCO+Uganda+Strategic+Plan(5) New Accounting system and Bank Accounts put in place locally for Gulu office(6) Finalized Organizational Policy Documents · Financial Regulations policy document completed · Staff policies document completed and implemented
  2. 2. technical achievements(1) Redeployment of Original BOSCO Pilot Network · Transferred radios and antennas from UTV tower in mid 2008 · Redeployed network equipment on Coope Water Tower · Connected Gulu Town to network via Radio Maria Tower(2) Transfer of Network Server · Server was formerly stored in Caritas Office · Implemented use of new, upgraded server and transferred it to BOSCO office(3) Technical Capacity Building · Local Technical Assistant attended Inveneo wireless network training in Kisumu, Kenya · On site technical duties have been handed over to local technical assistant(4) ADSL Internet bandwidth is doubled · Upgraded from 256 kbps to 512 kbps · Uganda Telecom (UTL) remains Internet Service Provider for BOSCO-Uganda(5) Doubled the number of sites we operate in · 22 sites in operation as of February 2010 · Site map available at Planned 2 year network expansion plan · 12 new sites planned over next two years as part of our Unicef partnership · Entry to Kitgum and Pader Districts (Easternmost districts of Acholi sub-region) · Strengthening existing sites: adding low power lap tops to create mobile labs with WiFi connectionBOsco site administration achievments(1) Signing of Site Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between BOSCO and administrationfrom each site · MoU established site managers at each of the 22 site locations to maintain equipment security and oversight · MoU established site training volunteers at each site; 39 training volunteers registered
  3. 3. (2) Signing of 2nd round site MoU’s · Clarified roles of site managers and volunteer trainers · Renewed commitments of site managers and volunteer trainers(3) Development of income generation projects at sites · Solar cell phone charging business implemented to help communities raise money for future equipment purchases and ADSL bandwidth feesIct training achievements(1) Designed and published Web 2.0 training manual and curriculum · Manual used at all sites to guide volunteer trainers in their ICT lessons · Covers Web 2.0 skills: BOSCO Intranet; email; Wikispaces; blogs; social media; Google maps, and others(2) Continued implementation of Web 2.0 Training of Trainers (ToT) ICT programming · Training ongoing throughout the year at 8 community sites, including rural primary and secondary schools · Curriculum centered on teaching people functional Web 2.0 ICT skills that can fuel collaboration in their communities with various stakeholders(3) Developed and guided user-generated Web 2.0 content · Two functional Web 2.0 collaboration hubs developed o BOSCO Intranet page: www.bosco.home (only locally available on BOSCO network) o Public BOSCO Wikispaces page: Implemented Unicef small-scale funding for Web 2.0 ICT training · 485 total people trained during project period (6 months), including 374 youth trained in basic Web 2.0 ICT skills · Level 1 Web 2.0 certification awarded · Increased usage of network corresponding advent of community trainings(5) Hosted Advanced Training Web 2.0 ICT workshop for lead site volunteers · 14 participants from 7 community sites attended our 4 day workshop · These site leaders will then return to their communities and become advanced ICT trainers
  4. 4. (6) Launched “Bridging Classrooms and Cultures” online school-to-school collaboration project · Connecting classrooms in Uganda to classrooms in the US via our Wikispace site · Students collaborate on educational projects at: www.bridgingclassroomsandcultures.bosco- uganda.wikispaces.netPartnerships and fundraising achievements(1) UNICEF · Partnered with Unicef in 2009 on small-scale funding proposal to expand to 5 new sites and implement Web 2.0 · Finalizing a 2 year partnership with Unicef to expand network to 12 sites and strengthen current sites; will into Kitgum and Pader Districts to the East · 2 year Unicef grant worth approximately $300,000 USD(2) Horizont3000 · Have maintained partnership with Horizont3000 (Austrian Organization for Development Cooperation) for past 3 years · They provide: A full time advisor for organizational development; technical training/ capacity building; technical installation assistance; project funding(3) BOSCO, Inc. (USA) · BOSCO-USA board of directors in South Bend, Indiana, USA · Funding and technical support · Full-time communications envoy in Gulu(4) War Child Holland · Partnered with War Child Holland to provide Internet connectivity to Pagak ICT center(5) Strategic partnerships with local institutions · Providing Internet connectivity to the following local institutions to help facilitate their work and allow them to collaborate with local and international stakeholders: o Caritas Gulu o Archdiocese of Gulu o Radio Maria o Bardegge Division Local Government o Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) o Women and Children First Organization (WACFO)
  5. 5. (6) University of Notre Dame · Established student intern program with Notre Dame · Student interns come for summer holidays to assist in rural Web 2.0 training · Also receive opportunity for intercultural exchange(7) H & S Italy · Hardware and software company in Italy · Provided BOSCO with Euro 20,000 in funding support(8) Completed fundraising and public relations awareness tour in U.S. · Visited and spoke in Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., and South Bend, IN · Spoke at various Catholic parishes · Rotary Clubs · Knights of Columbus · University of Notre Dame · Resolve Uganda · Africa Faith and Justice Network · Christians in Commerce · York High School Community · Canadian Center for Victims of TortureContact informationExecutive Director: Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Okumu Catechist Training Center, PO Box 603, Gulu, Uganda Tel: +256 0 772613517 Email: lagwok54@yahoo.itHorizont3000 Partner: Stefan Bock Tel: +256 0 774710313 Email: Stefan.bock@horizont3000.orgBOSCO Uganda/USA Organizational and Communications Envoy: Kevin Bailey Catechist Training Center, PO Box 603, Gulu, Uganda
  6. 6. Tel: +256 0 753241011 Email: kpbailey3@gmail.comBOSCO-USA Partner: Tom Loughran, University of Notre Dame Email: Gus Zuelhke, St. Bavo’s Church Email: