A library user talks of his experience using the UNIC services
To promote the 5th Annual Social Good Summit Held from September 21-22 2014 in New York during the 68th UN General Assembly Session, UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a workshop with the users of its Library to discuss about the impact of technology and new media on their social and professional lives, in the UNIC Library on 22 September, 2014.
The UN Resident Coordinator made the introductory remarks in which he stressed on the fact that the Social Good Summit was a big opportunity for the UN to be leading a global conversation about the future of our planet, and about the role technology and innovation have to play in creating a better world for all. He recalled that the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. The theme for the Summit for the year 2014 is, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”
Three of the UNIC clients took the opportunity to share with others their experience in using the UNIC technology platforms with Internet:
Antoine Niyongabo, 54 years old, revealed how Information technology he uses in the UNIC was an essential partner in management of his job, as a Consultant. He added that he used the computers for research, storage, transfer, retrieval or transmission of information.
Rubin Niyomufasha, 36 years old, who had just finished a Master’s Degree in Development science, confessed that the UNIC had been the main resource of hard copies and online documents on the development topics he was searching about. He appreciated the services rendered to him by UNIC. He told the participants that the Internet is a wealth of information to keep up with current trends, techniques, software and human resources.
Pacifique Niyomukiza, 33 years old, a Driver for an NGO in Bujumbura, said that he found his current job thanks to the Internet which he accessed at UNIC Windhoek. He said that Information Technology played a vital role in his daily life. He was impressed by the fact that with each passing day, newer applications of IT were being developed, which increased our interaction with and dependence on IT-enabled devices.
Around 80 people participated in the activity, among them, students, consultants, professors, and jobless people.
The UNIC National Information Officer moderated the event and answered questions regarding the possibilities of improving services in the Library, the main issue being increasing the number of computers with internet connection in order to serve a larger public.
UNIC Bujumbura welcomes around 160 visitors per day, and most of them are looking for research on Internet, as the Centre is among the rare places in Bujumbura where people can find a high speed internet connection.