Spent the first part of the day working with the MMU ICT team (Peter, Peter, Jane, Pamela, Moses, Brian) on lab layout and the system for processing computers. Spent the afternoon with Douglas, Pamela and Trisha (see “New Friends, Old Friends’) visiting schools and colleges in the local area. The first school we called on was Nyakasura Secondary, a mixed boarding school that was founded over 100 years ago by a Scots Irishman Captain Calwell and where the students still wear kilts. After several years of being run down the school has a new head master and is making big improvements in its standards. This is one of the oldest schools in the country and was the first school to be transfered over to the government in 1947. The schools has 750 students, three Pentium IV computers and 10 Pentiums – exactly the place that would make great use of a Camara Lab.
Next onto the Canon Apolo Teacher Training college who receives a large grant from Irish Aid. Their computer lab is the best I’ve seen in Africa with 35 new high end Pentium IV dual processors – all funded by Irish Aid. What could Camara have done with that €35,000?!
The high-light of the day was when we were taken to the new location of MMU. About 6km out of Fort Portal on an 80 acre site overlooking a lake and bounded by extinct volcanoes (I was told extinct rather than dormant). In the middle of the site sat that famous green container (pictured below) letting everyone know that Camara had been here.
About 100 Africans were watching the Champions League final at a local hotel. Loyalties were roughly split 50/50 between the two teams but I was surprised to see that Didier Drogba was universally booed every-time he touched the ball – he must of scored the winning goal last time he played Uganda! When Man Utd scored the final penalty the place went crazy with both sets of supporters deciding it was now time to start the party. At that time I wisely left.