MTN Foundation, a vehicle through which MTN Rwanda implements its Corporate Social Programs, commenced this school digitalization initiative in 2021, where a hundred million Rwandan Francs (Rwf 100,000,000) was provided to the Ministry of Education through its established institution Rwanda TVET Board to facilitate the infrastructure of computer labs in TVET schools across Rwanda.
This year, with the support of IHS Rwanda and RTB, a total of two hundred (200) computers will be donated to TVET schools coupled with the provision of one-year free internet connectivity.
Speaking on this digital initiative, Zulfat Mukarubega, MTN Foundation Chairperson of the Board, said “We are grateful for the support of IHS Rwanda and RTB in digitalizing TVET schools across the country. MTN Foundation is of the firm belief that technology is no longer a luxury but a necessity. It is therefore important that students have access to computers and internet connectivity to help them advance in their studies and participate in this modern connected life.”
MTN Rwanda, IHS Rwanda and RTB have entered into a year-long agreement where MTN, through its Foundation, and IHS Rwanda will provide computers, MTN will provide internet connectivity for one (1) year and RTB will promote the use of information and communication technology (ICT) within TVET schools from level one to five across the nation, among other responsibilities.
Paul Umukunzi, RTB Director General commented on the partnership stating “MTN and IHS contribution in skills development through ICT is valuable and opens the doors of digital World to the youth in TVET. This is the second time MTN is providing laptops to RTB, which indicates their high level of commitment in promoting digitalisation within the Rwandan TVET sector. Their support in providing internet connectivity to some schools is worth appreciating.”
Digitalization in education has significant potential to increase equality of access to, and use of education materials, consequently, MTN Rwanda continues to play an active role in supporting the country’s priorities in bridging the digital divide.
About MTN Rwandacell
MTN Rwandacell Plc (MTN Rwanda) is the market leader in mobile telecommunications in Rwanda. Since 1998, it has continuously invested in expanding and modernising its network and leading digital solutions for Rwanda’s progress. The telecom offers various services to subscribers, including innovative propositions such as personalised voice and data offers for individuals and corporates with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to customers.
Rwanda TVET Board (RTB) is a government institution established in 2020. It was established under the Ministry of Education, to be at the forefront of all efforts to promote TVET from level one (1) to level (5) of the Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework aimed at fast tracking the socio-economic development of the country.