18 February 2013

Rwanda: Ericsson Partner MTN-Rwanda for Broadband Internet

Kigali — ICT giants Ericsson and MTN-Rwanda are partnering to help rural based schools in Rwanda access faster internet in a bid to improve the quality of education for less privileged students in the schools.

The initiative dubbed 'connect to learn' will benefit two schools in Rwanda's Mayange Millennium Village located in Bugesera district in the country's Eastern Province with an enrollment of over 1000 students.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the 'Millennium promise' are the other partners involved in the initiative.

The initiative will reportedly provide the chosen schools with laptops and also enable broadband connectivity to ease studies for both the learners and teachers.

The initiative will also see about 50 female students in the rural schools benefit from a special comprehensive scholarship scheme.

The scholarship project that was launched in sub-Saharan Africa in 2010 supports female students in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda and has reportedly enabled 663 students to enroll in secondary schools on 3 to 4-year scholarships.

Through connect to learn, the schools have been fitted with broadband connectivity and cloud computing solutions that help students access on-line textbooks and other learning materials lessening the work of teachers but also making learning a whole new experience.

Khalid Mikkawi MTN-Rwanda's CEO said his company is proud to be a partner in an initiative that supports government policies aimed transforming the Rwandans into skilled human resource.

"We are already doing this by committing ourselves to initiatives that ensure equitable access to quality education through the use of technology," explained Mikkawi.

Under the 'connect to learn' initiative, Mikkawi explained that MTN-Rwanda will be providing optimized 3G internet connectivity to the two secondary schools for a period of one year.

Ericsson has its global headquartersin Stockholm, Sweden and in 2012 its net sales US$33.8 billion. It is listed on the NASDAQ.

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