I was talking to a colleague the other day about my previous article and he put a simple question to me: “why do you guys like writing in a critical manner all the time? Is it because you appreciate nothing”?
My answer to him was simple. I personally acknowledge that there are a lot that is going right ….but I want everything to go right, and that is why I am often critical. We should give ourselves high standards and constant constructive criticism.
Today, I would like to share my appreciation with the work done by Rwanda Development Board-ICT for importing two mobile buses that are equipped with equipments which will act as a facility to people living in remote areas who have no access to Internet.
These buses are meant to provide additional ICT services ranging from printing, scanning and photocopying documents as well as offering basic ICT training to those who need it.
Since Rwanda targets transforming itself into a middle income economy by the year 2020 , initiatives this like one will also act as a catalyst and transform the economy to knowledge-based one.
And without a doubt, this facility will play a key role in upgrading people’s knowledge, especially in rural areas where they did not exist before.
This is also an important move for a country that sees itself as the regional ICT hub.
This laudable move also needs to go hand in hand with maintenance of these buses and equipment simply because they quite expensive (a single bus costs 154 million francs).
So far it seems that people who will be using them seem not to be knowledgeable about the use and importance of this important tool.
This innovation should also act as an example to other organizations involved in development policy and implementation, which just sit on files and don’t put things in actions, that action is the only way forward.
Otherwise the mantra “what you do for me without me is not for me”, is being put in practice because availing the ICT buses was done for the people and the people will enjoy the fruits of this initiative.