Vodacom to promote digital literacy in Urambo district through provision of computers and connectivity to 14 schools.
- Paves the way for development of digital technology and innovation through support of e-learning in Tanzania.
- Expected to reach over 7,000 students
Vodacom Tanzania PLC, the country’s leading telecom Company has donated computers, routers and internet connectivity worth over TZS 67 million shillings to 14 schools in Urambo district, Tabora region as part of its ongoing program to support increased access to information in the education sector.
This is part of a joint partnership with Universal Communication Services Access Fund (UCSAF) to advance digital literacy in schools across Tanzania leveraging on Vodacom’s vast technology and communication network infrastructure. Through this partnership, 300 schools especially in rural areas of Tanzania and Zanzibar isles will receive computers and internet connectivity.
Receiving the donation at a handover event at Urambo day school, Minister of works, Transport, and Communication Eng. Aloyce Kamwelwe said provision of computers in schools is an important step towards development of inclusive digital transformation through communication.
“The agenda to bridge the digital divide is showing encouraging signs with availability of more computers in our schools coupled with mobile phone penetration in Tanzania. Schools are the best place to start to incorporate computer use into community daily lives. Computers in schools will not only enable students to learn how to use computers but also teachers to use computers to seek for better knowledge and improve their teaching tools. Teachers will also be able to digitize their knowledge and in the process, create knowledge.
We believe that these computers are yet another step towards narrowing this divide and we thank Vodacom for their valuable support in this.”
Vodacom Foundation Director, Rosalynn Mworia said the donation was part of the foundations agenda to promote quality learning in Tanzania towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
“Digital opportunities are fuel for new economies. They have significant impact on both the economy and society. They contribute to growth, create jobs, are a key enabler of increased productivity, and have significant impact on inclusion and poverty reduction. They also provide the ability to leapfrog and accelerate development in key sectors like health and education.
Vodacom is committed to digital development in Tanzania. And this is why we are proud to make this donation today that includes, computers, routers and internet connectivity worth over 67 million shillings to schools in Urambo district that is expected to reach over 7,000 students”.
The computers will enable schools to access the foundation’s Instant school portal that curates digitized education materials accessed free through mobile devices and computers thus promoting digital learning.
“Vodacom is about technology, communication and innovation. We want to support students by preparing them for the digital age and encourage them not only to be end-users on this platform but to become innovators in the digital space,” Mworia said.
The event is the continuation of the first phase of a series of computers donation by Vodacom Foundation and UCSAF to public schools in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
Last week Vodacom donated computers, routers and internet connectivity worth over TZS 48 million to ten schools in Simiyu region.
Vodacom has been engaged in supporting development of information communication technology in schools through its Instant Schools initiative where 75 laptops and desktop computers were donated to Kambangwa, Makumbusho, Mtakuja and Kinyerezi secondary schools.