Tanzania’s Telecommunications company Tigo has entered into a partnership with the country’s Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure to connect secondary schools to the internet. The roll-out is aimed at complementing Tigo’s e-Schools, one of the company’s strategic social investment projects for a period of 2 years.
As part of the agreement, the ministry will identify and provide a list of schools without computer labs to be connected and also guide the implementation of the project while Tigo will sponsor the infrastructural development in schools across the country that will include wiring classrooms and installation of wireless LAN with internet access points.
“We are grateful to the government for accepting to partner with Tigo in this very important initiative aiming at supporting the government vision of ensuring that all mankind benefit from the access and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in various discipline to improve their social and economic situations”. Tigo Chief Commercial Officer, Shavkat Berdiev, said.
Berdiev said that Tigo was proud to be partnering with the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure to enable the youth and the wider communities to tap into the global mainstream of information and knowledge, where they will learn, expand their creativity and collaborate with peers across the world.
“It is through such partnerships that we shall be able to impart modern ICT skills and knowledge to the youth, to enable them to face the challenges of the ever-changing information trends in the society and global economy.” Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure Prof. Faustine Kamuzora said
To date Tigo’s e-Schools project has been able to connect 31 public secondary schools in Tanzania with internet with an envisaged plan to connect 50 more this year.