Solomon’s Dream to Use Robots to Change Uganda’s Education

Solomon King Bende (L) receives Award for Innovation Achiever of the Year won by Fundi Bots from Minister of ICT Hon. Nyombi Thembo

Total E&P Uganda, viagra order the licensed operator of oil Exploration Area 1 and 1A (EA 1 & 1A) has donated an assortment of medical supplies to boost the efforts of Hoima, find Masindi and Buliisa districts in the fight against cholera.

This follows an outbreak of the disease within the area especially in Hoima district at landing sites along the shores of Lake Albert.

Each of the districts will receive medical items to include; 625units of disposable gowns, viagra 90pairs of boots, 36bottles of antiseptic scrub, 9 jerry-cans of 10litres each of disinfectant, 600units of 500ML bottles of IV fluids and 30boxes of 1,000 each units of disposable gloves.

“We are making a donation comprising an assortment of medical supplies as part of our Health and Safety initiatives, to reinforce the efforts of the district local governments of Masindi, Hoima and Buliisa to combat water borne diseases including cholera,” Amar Moussa, the Health and Safety Manager at Total E&P Uganda said in a statement.

“We have noted over time that the rainy season nationwide increases the prevalence of water borne diseases. This is more so around the landing sites on the shores of Lake Albert. Predominate of these opportunistic diseases is cholera whose outbreaks are prevalent during this time of the year As a result of this, the district health resources; both human and financial usually constrained in an effort to combat these diseases” said Total E&P Uganda’s PRO Christopher Ocowun while making the donation to Buliisa district officials today.

Hoima Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Luke Lokuda expressed gratitude to Total E&P Uganda for donating the assorted medical supplies to the districts to boost the fight against cholera.

“These medical supplies will go a long way in improving the working conditions of the health workers who are in the communities attending to cholera patients” he remarked.

Lokuda challenged other corporate organisations to emulate Total E&P Uganda and support the fight against cholera. He said the ultimate solution to the problem of cholera is to improve on the sanitation in the fishing villages along the shores of Lake Albert.

The CAO noted that although no new deaths have been reported, there are still new cases of cholera being reported at the health facilities.

The epidemic has so far killed six people and affected many others at landing sites in Kabwooya and Buseruka sub counties on the shores of Lake Albert in Hoima district since the outbreak was confirmed by medical team during the month of October. He also cautioned the communities against self medication.

The donations were handed-over to the leaderships of Hoima Masindi and Buliisa at the respective district head quarters.
As a young boy, tadalafil curiosity and enthusiasm led Solomon King Benge to disassemble his toy cars in an attempt to discover how exactly they functioned.

His passion for electronics became more robust and from working with high school students, Solomon later created Fundi Bots a robotics training space to inspire a generation of practical minds that will be problem solvers.

This was a suitable way he would fulfil his long harboured dream of experimenting with machines, gadgets and technology.

Solomon, among others is also founder and CEO of Node Six, a Ugandan web solutions firm offering domain, email and hosting services a further manifestation of his burning desire for technology.

His achievements at quite a young age demonstrate nothing but untamed self-motivation and strong leadership.

He was among the 8 innovators awarded in this year’s pioneer MTN Innovation Awards where Fundi Bots won Innovation Achiever of the Year.


ChimpReports had an exclusive interview with Solomon on the sidelines of the awards ceremony at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday night to trace the origin of the idea and why it’s important for Uganda.

“It all started in my house, with a bunch of kids who used to come to learn about electronics. The fact that it has got to this stage where the organization gets such big recognition, it’s a good validation. That the dream is recognized strongly and for the impact it’s capable of having for Uganda,” Solomon told me.

“We use robotics to enhance the quality of science education in schools. In the process of teaching kids how to build robots, they’re also learning electronics, computer programming, mechanical engineering and life skills like leadership, discipline and project management,” said Solomon.

He explained that this enables these kids to have a practical experience and to be transformed into future community changers.

Primary kids during the Junior Robotics Camp in September

Primary kids during the Junior Robotics Camp in September

MTN Partnership

This September, MTN in conjunction with Fundi Bots engaged primary school kids in a 3 days training named Junior Robotics Camps where teams were tasked to build electronic projects.

I ask him, “In a Uganda where most parents want their kids to become doctors, lawyers, engineers why do you think robots are important?”

He responds: “The challenge we have is an education system that’s extremely theoretical, and requires kids to imagine and visualize things. The practical aspect is at low key and these kids are oriented to only pass exams.”

“We teach them to build the robots but we don’t necessarily want them to focus too much on robots. Yes, it’s cool, fun and exciting but the knowledge they pick out of while doing this allows to become good teachers, scientist and engineers,” he adds.

In 10 years, Solomon would want Fundi Bots established in at least 5 African countries, at least 100 schools impacted and at least 100,000 students whose lives have been changed by our organization.

Primary kids during the Junior Robotics Camp in September

Primary kids during the Junior Robotics Camp in September

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