KOICA donates over 55m/- worth digital facility to CFR

08Jul 2021
Anaeli Mbise
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
KOICA donates over 55m/- worth digital facility to CFR

THE Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated a new digital facility worth $ 24,000 (over 55m/-) to the Mozambique-Tanzania Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR) in Dar es Salaam to enable the university community to access internet conveniently.

Speaking during a ceremony to launch the digital resource centre in the city, KOICA Country Director, Kyucheo Eo, said the agency donated the facility as part of its commitment to continue supporting Tanzanian students especially those who want to learn the Korean language and culture.

“We are pleased to assist CFR in establishing the digital resources centre to be used to teach students the Korean language and culture through online learning sessions,” he said noting students can also access learning materials through the internet.

KOICA also offered laptop computers, computer tables, chairs and Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning (Rachel) technology, which will grant free access to online materials to a device with more than 100 websites that are education based and content modules that can be accessed in places with limited or no internet access.

Presenting on how Rachel technology works, expert from E3 empower Africa, Heriel Ayo, said that the server is portable, can be used for research purposes and E- learning platforms.

“The digital room is expected to assist the university community in deliverance of free educational resources found in Rachel,” he said.

Coordinator of Korean Studies Centre from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Dr Suphian Robert, said the investment will enhance students and academic staff at CFR to read updated information from the websites found in the Rachel device.

“In our university we use a digital library, online studies for example a Korean teacher can deliver his or her lecture from Korea through zoom conference, workshop rooms and also as a mini library facility,” he added.

In her opening remarks, Deputy Director (academics, research and consultancy) from CFR, Dr Anita Lugimbana said that KOICA have had a very fruitful relationship with the centre since it has been engaging in several workshops including the event of inauguration of Korean digital resources centre that shows the growing partnership.