HUAWEI Technologies Tanzania Limited has donated five computers and 10,000 US dollars (about 16m/-) to Mkanyageni Primary School in Pemba, as part of the firm's initiative to boost information technology in the country.
"The initiative called Huawei ICT Star programme is aimed at fostering development of Information C o m m u n i c a t i o n Technology (ICT) and build up skills in Tanzania," said the firm's Tanzania Channel Director, Mr Moses Hella, at the handing over ceremony in Pemba over the weekend.
He said the company wanted to see to it that Mkanyageni Primary School pupils were learning ICT skills and improve the school's learning environment. "ICT is an enabler of technology innovation, driving social and economic development and creating value for individual and society as a whole," the director.
"By enabling pupils acquire ICT skills, we will be creating a society that is technologically advanced. A society that can survive in this world faced by a lot of technological challenges due to globalisation. "ICT skills will enable pupils easily access information through internet connection that can help them in their studies and therefore improve their academic performance and ultimately change their lives completely," he said.
Mr Hella added that in the future, a number of schools will be selected and Huawei will assist them according to their needs, adding that the candidates for the programme are selected after sending their application to Huawei offices. The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa, said.
Huawei's support came at the right time when the government is putting much effort in imparting the information and communication technology skills to primary and secondary schools' students. He said that the Huawei's ICT Star programme is a stepping stone to Tanzania's technological advancement in the global world as more students will be imparted with the skills hence having more ICT's experts in the country.
He also urged Mkanyageni Primary School administration to take care of five computers donated by HUAWEI and use the money donated to projects that will see the school's performance improve.
Earlier, the Mkanyageni Primary School Head teacher, Mr Ramadhani Ngwali, applauded HUAWEI's support and said that the donation will help in improving the school's learning environment and performance and also urged other companies to emulate HUAWEI's example. "We are very grateful for the support and we promise to take care of the computers in a way that they will help many students to acquire ICT skills once their studies are over," Ngwali said.