50 schools to go digital through telecom firm support

09Sep 2017
The Guardian
50 schools to go digital through telecom firm support

FIFTY secondary schools in the country are set to go digital through a drive to digitize education with the provision of digital learning materials as part of the Tigo Fiesta 2017 ‘Tumekusoma’ cultural festivities that are to start this weekend.

As part of the drive, telecom company Tigo Tanzania will be providing digital education materials to the schools located in 12 of the 15 regions where the festival will take place.

Making the announcement at the handover of the learning resources to Arusha Secondary School yesterday, the company’s chief technical and information officer (CTIO) Jerome Albou said that the digital drive would see another 50 secondary schools that had earlier been provided with computers and internet connectivity receive digital education materials to enhance the learning experience of students with a view to preparing them to be part of the global digital village.

“We are living in a digital world and Tigo e-schools project is equipping students to be part of the digital world,” Albou said.

Other schools in Arusha that have benefitted from the e-schools project are Arusha Day Secondary School and Ilbouru Secondary School.

In 2016, the company entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure to facilitate the rollout of internet access points in the country’s secondary schools to complement the government’s e-schools project for a period of two 2 years.

As part of the agreement, the ministry identified and provided a list of schools without computer labs to be connected and also guided the implementation of the project.

The telecom company sponsored the infrastructural development in the schools across the country, including wiring classrooms and installation of wireless LAN with internet access points.

The third phase of this project is the current installation of learning materials that students can access directly from the computer labs, thus digitizing their learning experience.

“Through our corporate responsibility initiative, we are now implementing the Government’s vision to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy by the year 2025.

“Our company is committed to ensuring that most secondary schools have access to the internet in Tanzania, and also to learning materials so that they can be amply prepared for opportunities that come with digital transformation that is currently sweeping the globe,” Albou said.

He identified schools that would benefit from the project as Arusha Day, Ilbouru and Arusha Secondary Schools in Arusha region; Pamba and Mirongo secondary schools in Mwanza region; Tabora Girls and Milambo secondary schools in Tabora region, and Mpwapwa Secondary School in Dodoma.