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17 October, at 09 : 08 AM Print
The ministry for education in the country, in collaboration with Tigo Rwanda has under the “MINEDUC-One Laptop Per Child-OLPC” initiative which will bring Rwandan primary schools online through provision of free internet access.
The pilot project was launched at Kimisagara primary school, in the outskirts of Kigali city, this October 15. The event was presided over by the minister of education, Dr. Mathias Harebamungu and the CEO of Tigo Rwanda, Diego Camberos among other invited guests.
The MINEDUC-One Laptop Per Child OLPC” and TIGO initiative will see many schools across the country get connected to the internet. The ministry of education has so far handed out over 101.000 laptops under the one laptop per child program.
The minister of education, Dr. Harebamungu hailed Tigo Rwanda for its support and said that the program will boost the OLPC program and the ministry plans on distributing over 200.000laptops by the end of June 2013. “This will be an opportunity for Rwandan children to be able to access internet, and information; which will enable them to growth with knowledge needed for the future”
He added that there is a new program of propelling the use of internet and computers among students during the holiday programs and the ministry has so far provided over 50 internet servers in schools and supply another 200 servers in schools by the end of the year.
The provision of Internet services to selected primary schools across the country follows the agreement whereby MINEDUC distributes the laptops and provides a list of schools to be connected while TIGO supplies the infrastructural development, including wiring of the classrooms and installation of wireless access points.
“This is part of our social corporate responsibility to support education and capacity building in collaboration with the ministry. We shall be connecting more schools throughout the country and this will be done case by case in each school and hopefully we shall connect more school by the end of the year” said Tigo Rwanda CEO, Diego Camberos.
This initiative aims to empower students from the primary level; increasing their access to global standard information, thus enabling greater opportunities for the education system.
During the inauguration event, the minister of education was accompanied by officials from Tigo, the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Nyarugenge local government leaders to tour of the OLPC-Tigo infrastructure and Internet site at the school as well as a demonstration on the actual OLPC laptops.