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Rwanda to connect 3,000 schools to the internet by 2024


Rwanda plans to connect 3,000 schools to the internet by 2024. This was revealed by Paula Ingabire, the country’s Minister for ICT and Innovation.

According to Ingabire, the project will be made possible through financing from China Exim Bank and the World Bank.

Currently, she said, there are 6,756 schools, consisting of primary, secondary, and TVETs in the country. Of these schools, about 3,000 schools – equivalent to 44.4 per cent of the total – are not connected to the internet, she indicated.

The Rwandan government plans to connect all the remaining schools to the internet under the Smart Education Project.

“We have Smart Education Project, through the $30 million financing we got from China Exim Bank, under which we will connect at least 1,500 schools,” the minister said, noting that the project is already underway.

By using the funds from the China Exim Bank, and those from the World Bank, she said, it was observed that about 3,000 schools that are not connected to the internet will have access to it by 2024.

Rwanda is also in the process of making last-mile internet connectivity through the Rwanda Digital Acceleration Project. The project is funded by the World Bank to the tune of $200 million project, Ingabire said.

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