- Over 81,500 pupils on secondary and primary schools to benefit from using computers and free internet connectivity
Dodoma. Vodacom collaborates with Universal Communication Services Fund (UCSAF) to promote digital literacy in schools across Tanzania leveraging on its vast network infrastructure. This partnership will see over 81,500 Pupils in 163 primary and Secondary schools reached by the end of the project in 2020 with the computer donations & Internet connectivity.
More than 2,500 students from Chikola, Membe, Intela, Mumi and Mazae Secondary schools in Dodoma region will benefit from use of computers and free internet connectivity following a Vodacom and UCSAF partnership that has seen a donation of 806 computers, printers and routers to various primary and secondary schools across the country.
Speaking during a handover ceremony in Dodoma region, Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Hon. Elias Kwandikwa said the need for quality education with the use of modern technology cannot be emphasized enough as the nation aims to prepare the young generation for the digital age.
“The government through UCSAF brought ICT and Vodacom Tanzania PLC currently connects Our schools with internet, this will allow Teachers and pupils/students to secure more materials for learning,” said Hon Kwandikwa.
Deputy Minister added that basing on the fact that Vodacom Tanzania Foundation has it’s learning portal called Instant Schools, he urged Teachers to allow their pupils to learn more using the given equipment.
“We have given the equipment, and we thank Vodacom Tanzania for connecting them with internet, I thank Vodacom Tanzania as the donation will be of help to teachers and pupils to secure materials while studying hard and gain more knowledge,” he added.
‘The vision of Tanzania national agenda on ICT in becoming the hub of ICT infrastructure and ICT solutions that enhance sustainable socio-economic development and accelerated poverty reduction both nationally and globally can only be realized once we begin investing in the young generation. And our schools are the best places to begin. We thank Vodacom for this donation which will enable teachers and students in teaching and learning through improved access to information.’
On his part, Vodacom Tanzania PLC Managing Director Hisham Hendi said the donation is part of a wider Vodacom agenda to promote quality learning through digital platforms with focus on rural Tanzania.
“As Vodacom, we believe in a future where technology levels the playing field bringing connectivity and an opportunity for everyone to reach their full potential and the education sector is the starting point. We are delighted to collaborate with the government to ensure more people are engaged in today’s digital age. In addition to the computers donation we are also providing connectivity through free routers and internet to the schools for one year”. Hendi said.
In addition, the computers will also enable more students and teachers to access Vodacom Foundation’s Instant school portal which curates digitized education materials for free through mobile devices and computers thus promoting digital learning.
“‘This partnership is in line with our corporate strategy to direct resources to support achievement of the sustainable development goals in the education sector’. Hendi added.
He also called for the government to digitize content allowing for synergistic partnerships in hardware provisioning and access where government comes to the table with curriculum aligned content that will strengthen use of digital platforms making it targeted, relevant and beneficial to users.
UCSAF CEO, Justina Mashiba said, “We appreciate this partnership with Vodacom to ensure our initiative succeeds by connecting public schools with access to internet to fully utilize ICT facilities. This donation is supporting our mission to ensure communication services are accessible everywhere especially in remote communities”.
The event marks the 2nd phase of a series of computer donations to be made by Vodacom Foundation and UCSAF to public school in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
During Phase I of the project, Vodacom donated a total of 48 computers to 24 Schools, this benefited a total of 14,555 secondary School Pupils, besides that, Vodacom Tanzania Foundation controls Instant School Portal which so far has unique visitors totalling at 65,916.
In both the first and second phase of this collaboration, 300 secondary schools across the country will receive free computers, routers and additional free connection to the Internet.