BBC's Sarah Grainger compiled a photo essay that shows participants making art out of the city's ubiquitous potholes, and I was able to get a few shots of Breakdance Project Uganda and Sylvester & Abramz, who performed at the event.
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The Ugandan bloggers are having an existential crisis of sorts. The self-examination among the Blogren, as they’ve started calling each other, began in January when several bloggers objected to the establishment of Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour and the Uganda Best of Blog awards.
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The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in collaboration with the Uganda Communications Commission and the Civil Society Organisations invites the public to a half day symposium under the theme "Achieving MDGs, the contribution of ICTs; Public-Private Partnerships and between the Civil Society and Government" at Hotel Africana on Thursday, May 17, 2007 starting at 9:00 AM.The symposium will focus on educating the public about telecommunications in Uganda, identifying solutions to the challenges facing Uganda's telecommunications, and (this is where I get excited) promoting awareness of ICTs as tools for economic and social development.
I'd wager a fistful of shillings that 98% of all developing-nation NGO mission statements sound vaguely similar. Replace "disadvantaged children" with "widows" or "the unemployed" and "hiphop" with "well-digging" or "brownie-baking," and you have what is meant to be a rousing, passionate declaration of How To Change Lives. But what does it mean? Empower them to do what? Express what, exactly? For a statement that's supposed to save the world, it's pretty bland.
Breakdance Project Uganda was founded by Ugandan hiphop artist Abramz several years ago to empower street kids, formerly abducted child soldiers and other disadvantaged children throughout Uganda using hiphop and breakdance. BPU offers free breakdancing classes to these children, giving them a positive means of expressing themselves and encouraging them to become future BPU teachers.
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