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Local Charter School Teacher Heads to Uganda

Above: High Tech High math teacher Nicole Pack (right) and her student display two of the donated laptops for Ugandan students and teachers.

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Aired 6/11/09

A San Diego high school teacher is heading to Uganda to bring education and technology to a war-torn part of that country.

— A San Diego high school teacher and her colleagues are heading to Uganda to bring education and technology to a war-torn part of that country.

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. The country is rebuilding itself after decades of civil war which ravaged the northern region.

It's here where High Tech High School math teacher Nicole Pack plans to set-up camp. She and two of her coworkers -- Elika Dadsetan and Brian Delgado -- will help to establish a tech center where teachers and students can use computers to help in learning.

Pack is bringing 15 donated laptops to get the project started. She says the impoverished area has no broadband access, but she's bringing plenty of digital information on disk drives to lay the groundwork.

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"Its at least a start," says the 27-year-old Pack. "Even though they may not be connected to Internet here, there is still a way to get a lot of information to a lot people."

In addition to the computers, Pack is bringing money raised by High Tech High students to help Ugandan children pay for school uniforms and supplies. She says its part of a larger mission to develop a sister school in that region.

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