Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

28 January 2013

Tanzania: Huawei Vows to Support ICT Development

HUAWEI Technologies Tanzania Limited through its "Huawei ICT Star Programme for Tanzania Education" has pledged to enhance support in development of e-learning to enable Tanzanian students cope with unfolding technological challenges.

The ICT programme was launched in November, last year and seeks to support primary, secondary schools and universities to develop interest in ICT among students and in turn contribute to development of the industry in Tanzania.

Speaking during the official handing over of 15 computers in Dar es Salaam, the Huawei PR Manager, Mr Peter Jiang, said the company is committed to improving studying environment through "Huawei ICT Star programme."

"We have already rendered support to three schools as part of this programme. We may consider bringing on board sponsorship of ICT students at university level to enrich this programme," he added.

Mr Jiang said ICT if well utilized cannot only help in stimulating social and economic development, but it is also a powerful tool for extending educational opportunities, both formal and informal.

"In order to compete with the rest of the world, one needs to be computer literate. Our donation to schools will be a breakthrough and a new beginning in ensuring that school-going children are computer literate, from the very beginning, we hope the students can touch the computers and use it, which will help in disseminating computer and ICT basic knowledge transfer to Tanzania students," he added.

Mr Hamza Msagule, headteacher of Matimbwa Secondary School, located in Bagamoyo while receiving the computers on behalf of his school promised to make good use of the items so as to benefit future generations.

"I pledge to make good use of the computers. We have teachers to teach the students the basic programmes. In today's world one has to be computer literate. Thanks very much to Huawei's support. I know it is a great telecommunication company in the world," he said.

Huawei Technologies towards the end of last year donated USD 30,000 to three schools in Tanzania, two in Mainland Tanzania and one in Pemba.

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