Youth empowerment through access to education
Whitaker Peace Development Initiative (WPDI), Uganda
To promote peace and development in fragile states such as Uganda.
Ericsson and WPDI established community learning centers, in which Ericsson provided hardware, software and carried out ICT training for the peacemakers. A cloud-hosted educational platform, Connect To Learn, was also implemented.
By 2017, more than 20,000 youths had been directly impacted from the learning centers. Connect To Learn was implemented in 13 community learning centers, 151 peacemakers were trained and 17 income-generating projects were kick started.
Supporting sustainability goals
The highlighted sustainability goals are included in the project.
“When I first started training the participants early on many of them had never seen a computer before and didn’t have any digital skills to better their lives. It’s so amazing to see the progress since then – the degree to which the YPN participants have developed their digital skills and are using them to gather knowledge that is helping them have a positive impact on their communities.”
- Constantine Amulen, Ericsson site Security Manager in Uganda and Rwanda and Volunteer for the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative’s project in northern Uganda.