Korea varsity leads tech team to change village life

10Feb 2018
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
Korea varsity leads tech team to change village life

OVER 4,000 villagers at Mkalama village in Kilimanjaro region will soon benefit from the resources it is endowed with after the Seoul National University (SNU) of South Korea and a sister institution, .............

The Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC) agreed to support agriculture, business and health, energy and education activities there.

The Director ITEC/Seoul National University, Prof Sung Hoon Ahn said ITEC had conducted research at Mkalama village in collaboration with researchers from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) on challenges facing the residents and how to help them improve their lives through ITEC support, he said.

ITEC was officially launched in Tanzania last year by SNU and NM-AIST to develop, educate and commercialize innovative appropriate technology suitable for the country and sub-Saharan Africa through the use of renewable energy.

Research findings show that people at Mkalama need more power that will enable them improve their lives, and have access to education and new technologies including computer knowledge.

ITEC in collaboration with SNU will train the youths on business, manufacturing, entrepreneurship skills to better equip them with skills and improve their livelihoods.

Prof Sung Hoon Ahn said they also plan to establish an incubation centre and equip the youth with packaging design lessons that will add value to their products.

“If villagers are actively participating in our programme they will get what they want, and we will provide more support to them as we want them to develop their villages themselves,” he added.



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