By Daniel Lim, EpOpTech Intern
In the Silicon Valley, technology and WiFi are ubiquitous necessities that are used on a daily basis for everything from doing research to finding routes. However, in many third world countries, the advanced technology that the Silicon Valley takes for granted are rare and precious.
Changing the Life of a Business School Student
On November 2017, the 24-year-old student, Paul Mwanika, from Uganda received a refurbished Macbook from EqOpTech. Paul attends a business school, where there is WiFi, yet back at his home village he has no internet connection and the computer is less useful. Without WiFi, he cannot access the internet and is restricted to simply using the apps he has on his laptop, or anything he has downloaded. Most places in Uganda do not have any WiFi, so technology is a luxury that the vast majority cannot enjoy. Since receiving his laptop, Paul has been using it in his daily life. As a student, he uses the laptop for note taking, research, sharing files, creating presentations, and social networking. As a young adult, he uses it for personal entertainment by interacting with people from all over the world using FaceBook, Twitter, and email.
A Portable Resource
Paul believes that ”laptops are embraced because of the technological tools they offer combined with their portability.” His laptop allows him to access all the materials he needs for schoolwork, including but not limited to classroom notes, articles, or software for creating videos and presentations while he is at campus. Without his laptop, he either must carry all his class documents with him or look for a communal computer to access class materials.
Note Taking Made Easy
Compared to writing out all his assignments on paper, Paul prefers typing on digital documents much more. Paul states, “Typing can make the writing process go faster and tools in word processing software make it easier for me to edit my work.” Before receiving his laptop, he had to write out essays and paragraphs with pencil and paper, which made it difficult to edit and easily misplaced, losing hours of writing and revising. Paul points this out, saying “digital notes can be stored and backed up so they are not lost unlike paper notes which may become destroyed or lost.”
Seeing the impact the laptop had on a student from Uganda, EqOpTech will continue to donate refurbished laptops to Uganda in hopes of positively impacting more people from around the globe.
EqOpTech Inc. is an IRS-designated tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enables free, equal opportunity learning via access to technology in under-served community. EqOpTech provides easy access to computer hardware, software, and mentor support in STEM education. For more information, visit www.EqOpTech.org. Follow EqOpTech on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.