Telecom company Airtel Uganda has connected 60 schools to the internet to increase access to digital learning for underserved schools and improve the quality of education in the country.
This is part of Airtel Uganda’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Uganda’s independence.
The event took place at Bulamu Seed Secondary School in Mpigi district.
The Independence Day celebration campaign began with Airtel Uganda inviting nominations from publicly underserved rural schools in Uganda.
Last October, Uganda celebrated 60 years of independence. As part of the celebrations, Airtel Uganda decided to launch a campaign to connect 60 schools across the country to the internet, with the main goal of increasing access to digital learning among underserved schools and also improving the quality of education in the country.” said Faith Bugonzi, Brand Strategy Manager for Airtel Uganda.
“The activity aligns with our life-changing agenda through the Airtel Cares program in Education, Health and Agriculture, which aims to support community projects so they can reach their full potential by unleashing the power of technology and access to Internet services.”
She said internet connectivity will be extended to schools in the eastern, central, western and northern parts of the country.
“As a key player in the sector, we believe that access to the internet should be extended to underserved communities as well, to expand the channels through which learners acquire information and knowledge that will ultimately fuel their success and growth and development in the communities surrounding communities will stimulate them.”
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Some of the selected schools to benefit from the free internet connection are Kisaana Secondary School in Kalungu District, Adjumani Model Secondary School in Adjumani District and Otuke Secondary School in
Otuke District, Kapchorwa Muslim High School in Kapchorwa District, Kagamba SS School in Ntungamo District among others.
Nantege Florence, the principal of Bulamu Seed Secondary School, praised Airtel’s role in driving Internet penetration in different regions of the country.
“The support provided to schools will go a long way in providing learners with access to e-learning that is progressive and provides a competitive advantage for the learner and the school.”
According to the market survey report for the second quarter of 2022, over 23.7 million broadband subscriptions were registered, representing a broadband penetration rate of 55 internet connections per 100 Ugandans.
“The digital age requires the constant integration of e-learning into the curriculum so that our learners can compete effectively with those from around the world, as information and communication technologies (ICT) become a major driver in transforming education worldwide. “ Airtel remains committed to supporting the people and communities in which we operate through our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda
as part of the Airtel Care program, the pillars of which are; Education, agriculture and health should improve the livelihood of our peoples,” concluded Bugonzi.