ZICTA ICT labs for 148 schools

DEVELOPMENT

|
Image: By ZICTA
ZICTA ICT labs for 148 schools

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), will this year set up computer laboratories with internet connectivity in one hundred and forty-eight schools countrywide.

ZICTA Chairperson Mwangala Ehueni said of the schools to be connected to the internet, 74 will be basic and high schools.

Ehueni said: “55 government colleges will also have computer laboratories with internet connectivity.”

Ehueni was speaking yesterday at a sensitisation workshop for Members of Parliament on the legalisation governing the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in the country.

The move to set up computer laboratories in schools is in line with the new partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad)’s plan of equipping schools in Africa with computers to promote e-learning.

ZICTA public relations manager Ngabo Nankonde said last year that the organisation had set aside ZMK59 billion (more than USD10 million) from the Universal Access Funds for the installation of communication towers throughout the country that will also be used to connect schools. The money was collected from service providers operating in Zambia including Zain and MTN through license fees.

Nankonde said the move was part of the digital migration program aimed at achieving effective and efficient communication by 2015. Nankonde added that the installation of towers by ZICTA would lead to more effective communication for mobile phones and internet service providers.

ZICTA has already established telecenters in some parts of the country that are equipped with computers, photocopying machines and other communication equipment in order to allow access to the internet.

Currently, ZICTA is evaluating the performance of ICT clubs in 10 schools around the country that it introduced last year. With participation from the pilot schools, a television programme themed ‘ICT amplified’ was organized, aimed at testing practical skills and knowledge regarding ICT products and services.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Airtel supports Mathare slum youth

Airtel is ensuring that over 800 school children get hot meals every day and that 32 teachers receive their monthly salaries. Read More

ENhANCE project improves ICT education in East Africa

Aalto University has launched the ENhANCE project, which has seen them team up with institutions in Ethiopia and Tanzania to provide the technical and educational support that can help address the challenges faced by these countries. Read More

College joins tech world with new courses

New Era College of Arts, Science and Technology has introduced two new degree programmes “to respond to the skills shortage in Botswana’s business economy,” said Gagan Chawlar, the college’s communications person.  Read More

Technology transfer to boost water supply and sewerage services

As part of the African Development Bank’s efforts to increase the transfer of technologies and skills to the African continent, Malinne Blomberg, Chief Financial Analyst in AfDB’s Water and Sanitation Department, joined the wide range of stakeholders including technology providers, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and engineering, procurement ... Read More

Airtel Ghana walks the talk on women’s empowerment

Her Excellency Nana Konadu Agyeman – Rawlings with Lucy Quist, MD of Airtel Ghana Airtel Ghana has earmarked March as International Women’s Month under the theme, “Make it Happen!”  Read More

MTN to fund 100 libraries in Congo Brazzaville

MTN says it will fund 100 libraries in Congo Brazzaville nationwide in 2015 as part of its ‘Y'ello 100 libraries for all’ project. Read More

AccessKenya pledges Kes7.2m for ICT in education

AccessKenya Group has earmarked Kes 7.2 million over the next two years to support the use of technology in the delivery of education in the country. Read More

Airtel Kenya supports Murang’a School for the deaf

Bharti Airtel has commissioned new toilet facilities at Murang’a School for the deaf in Murang’a County, Kenya with an aim of improving learning environment for students.     Read More

School children in Nakuru to learn more with Airtel’s Free Internet for Schools programme

Airtel Kenya has connected Koinange Primary School in Nakuru County to the internet for free.  Read More

Orange Kenya in solar lighting partnership

Orange and GreenLight Planet, a US based company that delivers affordable energy to off-grid consumers, have signed a strategic partnership to provide affordable solar lighting to Kenyan homes in areas that have limited access to electricity, through the use of solar lamps with a USB charging mechanism.   Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

MTN Group Sustainability Report released

MTN Group’s efforts to advance social development in its markets through the integration of sustainable business practices into day-to-day activities, is yielding positive outcomes, the company’s Sustainability ...