MYICT, partners, launch ICT literacy campaign
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Jan. 21, 2013, 11:33 a.m.
Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) together the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), the Rwanda Education Board (REB), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the Private Sector Federation (PSF) together with other partners, have launched a “National ICT Literacy and Awareness Campaign”.
The official launch was staged in Rulindo District, where thousands of local residents attended and several companies demonstrated their online and SMS-based services.
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, told Rulindo residents: “The use of ICT should not only be left to the educated, but should also be used by every Rwandan, including farmers, as it will keep them updated in terms of businesses or market prices for their products as well as getting information about government programmes.”
Minister Nsengimana added that “During this 6 month campaign, 200,000 Rwandans will get the opportunity to learn how to use ICT in their everyday life.”
Youth and ICT Minister also urge schools across to avail computers so that local residents can learn how to use them.
The Government of Rwanda has invested heavily in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Since inception of the first national ICT strategy and plan in 2000, Rwanda has registered a number of milestones that has significantly transformed the way Rwandan business and society uses technology.
The purpose of this campaign is to drive the awareness and usage of ICT services, content and applications, to increase the ICT Literacy, educate and train the masses and businesses on the potential of ICT to drive competitiveness, efficiency, transparency as well as civic participation.
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