Business Plan

About YPDO

The Youth Press and Development Organization (YPDO) is a non-governmental organization which was initially established in Chililabombwe, Zambia in 2003.  

YPDO, together with its sister organisation Friends of YPDO Inc, aims to empower youth through education in the fields of information, communication and also by encouraging young people to develop good reading habits. The motivation behind this initiative was to provide the youth of Zambia with an opportunity to familiarise and equip themselves in the ever-growing field of information technology. 

The target audience for our program is vulnerable youth who have dropped out of school as well as secondary school graduates who have not yet had the opportunity to work on a computer.

Through both initiatives, we also aim to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS among impressionable youth.

History

A team of young individuals started the organization in the copper belt of Zambia. Its founder, Mr. Kebby T. Shampongo leads the team in Chililabombwe.  

YPDO has largely been involved in two projects. They are as follows: 

                                    i.        The Library: This program involves the collection of used as well as new donated books for our established library. Books are donated and collected from around the world, through our dedicated volunteers. They are then shipped to Zambia to help support our cause. The group which benefits from these books includes both schoolgoing students as well as non-school attending youth. This initiative attracts about fifty children to our library on a regular basis.

                                  ii.        The Access Technology Project: In 2006, YPDO was donated eight computers by a volunteer. This helped us pioneer our project in information communication technology. Aiming to educate Zambia’s youth in the realm of information technology and to bring them up to date with the rest of the world, YPDO started offering the following training programs:

  • Information Technology – Hardware: Educates the students in basic computer hardware specifications. Provides the student with fundamental knowledge of computer hardware such as the system unit, the monitor, the mouse, the keyboard etc.
  • Computer Software: Trains the youth in different computer software such as: Ubuntu, Linux, Fedora, Windows- 98, 2000, XP and Vista. The youth are taught such programs as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database, open office and Microsoft Office.
  • The Internet- a glimpse into the world of www: Basic knowledge regarding websites, email, online research etc is taught. The youth are also made aware of the social innovations on the Internet such as social networking. The children are also taught how to keep a blog and website design.

The internet connection we use is pre-paid. Although we use phones to communicate, the connection is not strong enough to view or download images with higher resolutions. 

This program has provided the students with a myriad of choices.  To enhance their skills, they are opting to write examinations with either the University of Zambia (an extension program) or enrolling for an online international driving certification program from the UK.

Since its inception, the program has helped train 200 students in the various courses outlined above.

The Children

  i.        A Background: Our program attracts students from three different backgrounds: 

  • School Graduates or Dropouts: As the name suggests, this group comprises students who have either graduated or dropped out of school. These children have never had the opportunity to use a computer, and in addition the financial situation of their families has meant that they have not been able to afford the costs of secondary or tertiary education.

Classified as vulnerable but with ample potential, these children are permitted free access to computer lessons three times a week for a period of two hours at a time.

There are a total of thirty-two children in this group at present.

  • Working class students: The second group of students comprises working class youth. This group is provided with computer lessons totalling five hours a week for a tuition fee of $8 a month.

This group is the income-generating initiative of YPDO and helps cover the running costs, such as rent, electricity, materials for mainstream students etc, of our program.  

  • Children under the age of 14: YPDO holds weekend classes for this group of young adults, so as to familiarize them with the world of information technology.

YPDO has trained a group of thirty students since the inception of the program. 

ii.        Contacting viable candidates for our programs 

Possible candidates for our program are contacted through various social welfare departments, churches and community schools for orphans. Working in collaboration with these partners, students are carefully screened before they are recommended to us for training. Vulnerable yet full of potential, these children must demonstrate an eagerness to develop themselves for a better personal future. These children are divided into groups of eight and each group attends three sessions of 2 hours each per week.

Language of Instruction

All lessons are taught in the English language.

Our Teachers

Our team of computer training teachers is made up of three volunteers who possess a background in information technology. The team is as follows: 

Sno. Name Education Qualification
1 Mr. Able Chewe IT Trained- Zambia
2 Mr. Damas Musonda                        IT Trained- Zambia
     

 VII.        Conformity with the Requirements

    Following is a summary of your requirements and our conformities with the same: 

 

SNo Requirement Conformity Details of Conformity
1 Computer Lab    Computer lab measuring 10X4meters.
2 Security against thefts   
  1. Strong and secure steel burglar windows and doors
  2. Strong Locking System
  3. A security guard
  4. Software security measures to protect the computer from damage caused by unauthorized usage.
SNo Requirement Conformity Details of Conformity
3 Electricity and 230 volts sockets   Electricity supply of 230-240 volts.
4 Cupboard for locking away the terminal server and network switch   A strong safe for locking the terminal server and the network switch.
5 Tables and Chairs   40 chairs and tables in the computer lab.
6 Integration of the computers into our program   Integration with our mainstream program called ‘The Access Technology Project’
7 Individual responsible for the computers and the computer lab   We have three individuals responsible for the computer lab. They are as follows:

  1. Mr. Able Chewe
  2. Mr. Damas Musonda
8 Knowledge about computers, Linux   Trained in and worked extensively with Linux and Linux based operating systems
 
 The town of Chililabombwe has over 100,000 residents of which 60% are young people. To be able to realise our dream of educating the youth of Zambia, we require additional equipment in the form of computers, printers, scanners, digital cameras and books.

Our organisation consists of a group of trained IT professionals who have extensive knowledge of computers and software. Having worked with different operating systems, including Linux, our trainers are comfortable applying as well as teaching the applications on these systems. 

The computer systems donated to us will be a part of our mainstream programme which aims to educate the youth on the utilisation of these ever-changing systems of information, communication and work.

Below are the specifications of computers and other ICT equipment needed:

Type of equipment Model QTY Operating system/Purpose Others
Desktop Computer At Least PIII 50 2000/XP, Vista, Fedora, Ubuntu (other open source). CD/DVD/Internet ready
Laptops At least PIII 10 2000/XP, Vista, Fedora, Ubuntu (other open source). Purpose – For mobile lessons in communities where we can establish mobile classes especially in peri-urban areas CD/DVD/Internet Ready
Laser Colour Printer Any 2   For printing HIV/AIDS and other education materials
Black and White Printer Any 2   For printing HIV/AIDS and other education materials
Photocopier Any 1   Reproducing more materials
Video Camera Any 4 Capturing events, podcasting, social networking/inventions, income generating activity..  
Projector Any 1 For presentations of projects in PowerPoint, lessons on ICTs  
 Scanner  Any 1 Documenting activities that have already been published/printed out.  
Mobile Phones  Motorola, Nokia, LG, T-mobile…. 20 For mobile internet connectivity for our students. We intend to be connecting phones to the computers using prepaid lines with our local service providers Zain (celtel) and MTN. The phones should be internet ready and able to be connected to the computers via USB cables, have infrared facilities and must have sim card compatibility
Cyber café  equipment Any 1 If available. Intend to connect the computers to high speed internet  
Hub and network cables Any 1 For internet connectivity and online resource sharing  
Board games Assorted and any 30 For Children to have access to easier learning aids. The games could be sports….  
Radio Any 10 For radio educational broadcasting lessons for children. Mobile lessons especially in peri-urban areas  
TV and Dish Kit with a decoder Any 2 For free educational programmes for children  
 
Others (webcams, headphones, microphones)      Any   For effective communication  

 Tailoring Project 

The thinking behind developing a tailoring project is that most young women who are interested in fashion and are designing in Africa are given less attention. The project aims to have a group of young women use the tailoring equipment offered by a UK organisation called Tools with a Mission. The women would be required to be trained or sponsored by their churches or other organisations which are interested in the empowerment of women. In return the women would be contributing $20 monthly towards creating a revolving fund.

We have the first of 20 students who are mostly women coming from underprivileged backgrounds.

Contact Us

Physical Address:
The Youth Press and Development Organization
C/o Chililabombwe Main social Club
Near clinic No 1
Chililabombwe 
Copperbelt
Zambia
 
Postal Address:
YPDO-Zambia
Box 220809
Chililabombwe
Copperbelt
Zambia
 
Email:
Kebby.shampongo@gmail.com
admistrator@fypdo.org 
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