ZICTA ICT labs for 148 schools
DEVELOPMENT| March 20, 2012, 11:35 a.m.
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.
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Fairscape Precinct recognised for excellence, innovation and technologyBotswana Development Corporation’s headquarters, Fairscape Precinct, has been awarded two Fulton Awards by the Concrete Society of South Africa. Read More
Dimabi School renovated By Tigo Shelter 4 Education projectTigo Ghana has presented its fourth school block to the management of Dimabi Nursery and Primary School in Tolon Kumbumgu of the Northern Region. Read More
Tigo Rwanda and Reach for Change launch the Changemakers HubTigo Rwanda and Reach for Change have launched the Changemakers Hub. This hub, located at the Tigo Headquarters in Muhima, will provide office space and resources for applicants and current Digital Changemakers. Read More
Airtel employees mentor Kinder Paradise Home studentsAirtel Ghana, has organized a motivational mentorship seminar for students of the Kinder Paradise Home at Prampram near Accra. Read More
Obeng Yaw L/A School benefits from Tigo’s Shelter 4 Education projectObeng Yaw, a community in the Upper West Akyem district of the Eastern region is the latest to benefit from Tigo’s Shelter for Education project. Read More
Vodafone supports deployment of SnooCode for Ghana Ambulance ServiceGhana National Ambulance Service teams across the length and breadth of the country will now find it easy tracking the location of victims during emergencies using SnooCode’s “CodeRed” mobile application. Read More
MTN Foundation supports health campaigns in CameroonThe MTN Foundation in Cameroon has handed a considerable stock of medication and medical equipment to ASCOVIME to improve medical treatment provided to rural communities. Read More
Kumasi set to host Tigo Yensor Nkoaa Grand finale.After 90 days of giving away generators, power banks, rechargeable lamps and power invertors, the Tigo “Yensor Nkoaa “ promo is inching closer to the grand finale. Read More
Dimabi Community gets new school block from Tigo GhanaTigo Ghana has presented its fourth new classroom school block with Headmaster’s office, Staff common room and a KVIP to management of Dimabi Nursery and Primary School in Tolon Kumbumgu of the Northern Region. Read More
Solar powered tablets for education: Akon Lighting Africa unveils its strategy in BeninAkon Lighting Africa has unveiled their long-term objective to use solar powered connected tablets to help drive education. Read More
FEATURED STORYYoung innovators shine during pitch sessions
Botswana saw an array of upcoming tech wizards selling their ideas during the Vendors’ Day pitch sessions this week.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.
COMPANY NEWSMTN Business launches Supplier Development Programme in Mpumalanga
MTN Business has reaffirmed its commitment to develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within Nelspruit by extending its Supplier Development Programme (SDP) and Accelerator Programme (AP), the company’s enterprise ...