The Internet has become an integral part of our day to day life. Almost nothing gets done without the help of Internet. Many people use the internet to access social media and communicate with others, or for school, work, and research purposes. Often, they depend on access to the internet to help them find employment or educational opportunities. They need services like Google Maps to help them plan trips or visit new spaces, and they use the internet to access the news. Search engines and directories also help many find basic services like a nearby doctor or plumber. Many internet users also go online to take courses and to learn new languages and skills.
The bottom line is that internet access makes people’s lives easier. It helps them find a great deal of information that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible to them.
Of course, not everyone has easy access to the internet. Through our various outreach programs, DTML battles poverty by means of education. One of the ways we’ve done that is to help make the internet and e-learning programs accessible to communities around the world.
Among the many beneficiaries we support is Shammah High School in Luwero, Uganda. Last year, DTML donated a year’s worth of internet access to the school, as well as computers, projectors, and school supplies.
Now, Shammah High School has a fully operational DTML Computer Club. The computer club gives the students access to the internet and e-learning tools outside of allocated classroom times. Not only does this computer club serve kids at the school, it’s also used to run free community outreach sessions. These sessions have attracted over 400 kids from local communities. In addition, many adults have visited the computer laboratory in the hopes of learning basic computer literacy skills.