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PLATFORM AFRICA GETS HI-TECH VAN TO TRAIN REFUGEES IN REMOTE AREAS

The hi-tech mobile workshop van arrived at Rhino-Camp refugee settlement on Thursday

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

RHINO CAMP: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2021

There was delight among the refugee community in Rhino Camp Settlement on Thursday as a Hi-tech van for conducting training workshops in remote areas arrived from Germany.

The van donated to Platform Africa by Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) will facilitate learning, training and knowledge exchange between the refugees and the host community.

It is equipped with computer chips, mechanical and electrical tools, a kitchen and storage facility to enable easy movement.

Jaiksana Soro, the Executive Director for Platform Africa, outlined media literacy training, computer literacy, motorcycle repairs, phone repairs, electrical training and robotics as some of the activities lined up for training refugee youths and members of the host community.

Jaiksana Soro, the Executive Director of Platform Africa

He said the others are trauma counseling, coding and computer programming for women and peace building.

Since its founding in 2017, Platform Africa has supported access to technology, education and building of the culture of peace in refugee settlements.

It trained refugee women on liquid soap making in Kiryandongo district, Ofua zone I and Ocea Zone in Rhino Camp, a settlement straddling Omugo and Uriama sub-counties in Terego district and Rigbo sub-county in Madi-Okollo district.

It has also trained youths on audio recording, editing and community radio broadcasting using equipment donated by Agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation, another German Organisation.

Soro explained that the computer literacy and journalism programmes were necessitated by the proliferation of fake information that was creating anxiety among the refugees.

The mobile radio equipment that refugees use for broadcasting peace messages in the settlements

The programmes were meant to debunk fake news and disseminated peace building messages to foster coexistence, health messages on Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures and messages to mitigate gender based violence.

On Thursday, the organization passed out 40 refugees and local community leaders who had completed two-month free training on basic computer skills.

Among the trainees was Julius Alema, a teacher at Hope Primary School who said the new knowledge will aid him in research and lesson preparation.

“I have been teaching for ten years yet I did not know computer. I wish more teachers could be brought on board and trained,” he said.

Mary Joan, a senior four leaver, said the computer literacy programme by Platform Africa has relieved her of the stress of having completed four years of formal secondary education without computer knowledge.

Emmanuel Opio Ira, an official of Youth Empowerment Foundation, called Platform Africa’s programmes a wonderful opportunity to help the people.

He appealed to the community to support the programmes and also advised the beneficiaries to upgrade their skills.

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