Electronics giant, Ericsson, in partnership with telecoms and data provider, MTN Rwanda, has provided 56 laptop machines to act as notebooks for students in the Bugesera Scolaire Mayange A and Kamabuye educational centers, as the first stage of connecting poor students to the rest of the global learning community, with ease.
At the same time, MTN Rwanda promised to offer year-long 3G subscription with 100% cost-free Internet with the intention of bringing equality in marginalized educational centers via technological offerings.
“MTN is proud to be a partner in this initiative and supports government policies that are aimed at transforming Rwandan citizens into skilled human resource.” This is according to Khaled Mikkawi, the Chief Executive Officer at the telecoms firm.
The program will help connect the two educational centers to the Earth Institute.
MTN Foundation is a limb of the larger MTN Rwanda and receives an annual gratuity equal to 1 percent of total returns of the company after income levy, and its mandate extends to bringing change in various areas of public welfare, ranging room education to medical care.
The foundation, which is an offshoot of a similar organization in South Africa, has kept various sectors, especially education, on their toes, by partnering with non-governmental organizations, as well as, independent and government partners to bring development change in all areas of socioeconomic welfare.
As a reflection of the latest gesture by its godfather, MTN Rwanda, the foundation has kept its promise of garnering international support, with what it calls imparting skills to organizations and helping them tap on human capital, primarily through technology.
From the outset, the MTN Foundation has maintained the corporate mores of its predecessor in South Africa, which is to empower people economically and develop sectors, including the particular ones of education and health in the case of Rwanda, without resorting to reaping the image that it gains thereof.
The new program by Ericsson and MTN Rwanda, happening under the entrenched empowering ideals of MTN Foundation, are likely to stem the dearth of essential ICT skills in most Rwandan schools and the economy, as a whole.