What are the main goals

THE MAIN GOALS

The Ukengee Foundation supports schools in the Lindi-district in Tanzania with computer- and internetfacilities. Besides the projects in Kilwa Masoko, Mandawa, Lindi,
Ilulu, Mahiwa, Nkowe, Liwale, Mbekenyera and Nachingwea there are still around 30 schools in this area which wait for the possibility to use computers and to have contact with the rest of world via internet.


LONG TERM PLANNING UKENGEE 2010-2017


SUMMARY
It takes about € 20 to give a student a better future with a lot more chances.
That comes to an amount of € 5 per year.*)
When we succeed we have realised an unique project. Our computers in Kilwa was the first one in the whole (educational) district. Kilwa Masoko was the first school with internet in the whole of Tanzania.
The only internet in town of 12.000 inhabitants is a badly functioning internetcafe with two very old computers (which need a lot of energy).
Kilwa is the first integrated computer network with 20 computers and equipment working completely on solar energy. It is the first in the whole of Tanzania and one of the first in (East) Africa.
Before the end of 2010 Ukengee realized 4 school-projects.
To bring 35 schools in one of the poorest rural areas in East Africa without any grid in contact with the information society by means of internet has never been done anywhere.
A unique opportunity.

*) - The total amount needed to get 35 secondary schools in the Lindi District connected with the internet within 8 years is: € 994.980.
- We need 10% extra for maintenance and local support.
- 30.000 educational spots in Secondary schools in Lindi
- ONE STUDENT = around € 5,00 PER YEAR


Computer technology and internet are essential for the development of East Africa. There is an enormous need for knowledge and information on many areas such as: agriculture, medical education and prevention programs, trade, emancipation, democracy, engineering skills and education.To get access to this kind of equipment makes it possible to speed up the tempo of improvement and development very fast.
Ukengee wants to get the students and inhabitants of the rural areas in contact with the possibilities of computers, computer education and internet.Especially in those areas where there is no electricity (or very poor quality), making it necessary using solar energy.
We have chosen an integrated approach, where at the same time economic development, infrastructure, medical support and education is supported by other NGO’s and companies.Our first focus is on the Lindi District in the southern part of Tanzania; one of the poorest areas. A few companies have started activities here.
Ukengee chooses a concentrated approach in an area where it is possible to work closely with local authorities and educational organisations. All operations guided by a local support centre.

Lindi: 67.000 square kilometres, 791.000 inhabitants (2002)

The Lindi District is very poor, but political and racial very stable, schoolsystem is functioning, as well as the secondary schools. There is support from local and regional authorities as well as local and religious leaders.To get computers and internet configuration accessable for the local community is widely accepted.
This is one of the key targets of Ukengee, for two reasons:
- Schools can keep the funds they get out of this activities, so they provide income with it which means the equipment is even more valuable to them.
- The local community gets a positive impulse by getting access to the internet 

Ukengee targets primarily on Secondary Schools to realise their objectives, because:
- the main language on schools is English
- motivated parents who give high priority to education
- future “backbone” of the society
- supported women emancipation policy
- integrated tribes and religions
- major motivation by students and teachers
- curriculum for computer education at hand
- internet can be easily integrated in educational program
- local and regional educational officers support and control the educational system

Ukengee targets on realising a complete computer room (computerlab) with internet access for a total of 35 schools within 8 years. These schools gives a good coverage for the whole District.
The scale of 35 is sufficient to install and support a local organisation.
The costs of the projects are merely determined by the quality needed for the equipment, due to extreme climate circumstances such as: dust, moist, heat and wind.
Another problem is the lack of grid, and if any of a very poor and unreliable quality, which ruins sophisticated equipment.
The biggest challenge is to create integrated networks with a capacity up to 20 computers, printer and illumination of computerlabs totally working on solar power.

Taking into account that the installed equipment will be operational for at least 6 years,
COSTS PER STUDENT: around € 5.00 PER YEAR.

It is acceptable that after a learning period, the effectiveness of the configuration can be improved and the costs of installation can be reduced.




 

Ronald Blom bij opening Mandawa
Ronald Blom, chairman of Ukengee, at the opening of the first classes in Mandawa in August 2008. The Ukengee Foundation was founded when Ronald Blom stepped down as CEO of the ENECO Energy company in Rotterdam in December 2006.