Students from Karangazi sector in Nyagatare district are set to have long traveled distances to reach schools kept short,thanks to MTN Rwanda’s support to building new classrooms relieving them of previous hurdles of walking over 10 kilometers to reach the distant schools.
The three classrooms will be additional to six other classrooms being constructed by Rwanda Defense Force during ongoing Army Week activities.
The construction of the three classrooms which started yesterday is expected to cost over Rwf 22 million on completion under MTN program of “21 Days of y’ello care” focusingon promoting education and technology.
Students and parents have told IGIHE that when completed, the facilities will get them rid of faced challenges of waking in morning wee hours to walk more than two hours to reach schools.
“We are very excited for the act. Some students would abandon school because of the long distances from home to school, getting there late. Even those who tried could study one term and leave school in the next trimester. Some parents with friends near schools would negotiate so they can accommodate the child to stay near the school,” said a parent Niringiyimana Liberatha.
The vice mayor for social affairs in Nyagatare district, MusabyemariyaDomitile lauded MTN Rwanda for the intervention.
“We still have inadequate classrooms compared to the number of students.For instance the nine classrooms being built in Ndama cell will accommodate students from different corners who would walk over 10 kilometers to reach school.The long walk would push children to abandon school though some parents integrate children into families living near schools,” she said.
Musabyemariya said when fully expanded the school will accommodate primary and secondary students.
The CEO of MTN Rwanda, Bart Hofker said that “21 Days of y’ello care” activities are focusing on facilitating education in rural areas.
“This activity is part of “21 Days of y’ello care”. We decided to support schools access materials especially targeting those from countryside. This is what we are trying to do,” he said.
He explained that supporting education and technology is vital as people need them in daily lives.
Various activities have been executed through “21 Days of y’ello care” where MTN Rwanda donated computers to schools, free internet, and availed solar energy and water reservoirs among others.