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Thursday, May 17, 2012
RUSIZI - MTN Foundation today inaugurated another ‘ICT SchoolConnect Project’ in Gihundwe, Rusizi in the Western Province of Rwanda.
A high school called GS Gihundwe was facilitated today with a fully connected computer laboratory of 36 computers under the MTN Rwanda ‘ICT School Connect Project’ a brainchildof MTN Foundation, the company’s corporate social responsibility program.
The ‘ICT School Connect Project’ has already facilitated seven Rwandan schools across the country. So far over 200 computers have been given out under this projects.
A delegation of MTN Foundation officials including Alphonse Byusa, the Chairman of the board and ZulfatMukarubega, a board member of the foundation visited GS Gigundwe, a high school where they officially opened the lab.
Alphonse Byusa, the Chairman of MTN Foundation said the inauguration is a continued process intended to support education and ICT as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
“Within education this project termed as ‘ICT Schools Connect Project’, is designed to enable teachers and pupils in secondary schools gain practical skills on the usage and understanding of ICT and how it can add value to their lives,”Byusa said.
“This project was inaugurated in 2010. With it students can have access to Internet in their own locality and premises. This is a way of MTN Rwanda empowering young people so that in the future they can become of economic relevance to the country,” he added.
Already 6 high schools from different provinces have benefited from the project. They include Essa High School in Musanze, Ste Bernadette in Huye, Kabarondo High School, Kanombe High School, Rusumo High School and ESGRubavu.
Overall MTN Foundation has donated over 200 computers in these schools, across the country with more 5,500 students and 300 teachers benefiting from the project to leverage ICT in education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC).
During the year 2010/11 about Rwf150 million has been spent on ‘ICT Connect School’ projects. In 2012 two more schools are scheduled to benefit from the same project.
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About MTN Foundation:
The MTN Foundation is the vehicle through which MTN implements its Corporate Social Responsibility programme. The Foundation was created with a focus on giving back to society and "Impacting the quality of lives in our communities" in a meaningful way. MTN Rwanda is passionate about the company’s vision to positively impact lives in our communities therefore we intervene through projects in three key areas, namely: economic empowerment, health and education. The foundation enjoys 100 percent funding from MTN Rwanda, which gives it up to 1 percent of its post-tax profits and covers all its overhead expenses including staffing, accommodation, travel, publicity and all expenses necessary to operate.
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