Huawei in school tablet donation
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Huawei Technologies Botswana continues to make inroads into the education terrain in Botswana where previously, other competitors were making their presence felt. The latest gesture by Huawei came in the form of a donation of 30 tablets to Moshupa Senior Secondary School.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Huawei Technologies Botswana Managing Director Ren Fujun said his company’s vision was “to build a better connected world.” “As many of you may already know, Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider with the vision of Building a Better Connected World. As a Fortune Global 500 company, our telecom network devices, IT products and solutions, and smart devices have been adopted in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world's population.”
Fujun added that in the meantime, they have focused their efforts on promoting the development of communities where they operate through various forms of corporate social responsibility activities. “Here in Botswana, through a series of events such as bridging the digital divide, creating opportunities through education, promoting environment sustainability, donating to the disadvantaged, training for ICT talents, we have demonstrated our determination of “Growing Together with Botswana.”
“As an advocate of socioeconomic sustainability, communication for all people and sustainable human development, Huawei makes every effort to bridge the digital divide through our experience and expertise in the ICT sector. We firmly believe that A Better Connected World is on the horizon.
“We firmly believe that we should empower the young people-the students of the country, because it is them who represent the future of this country. We should apply ICT in daily education in Botswana so that these children will not fall behind their peers in other parts of the world.
He explained that in the past, a nation's wealth was largely dependent on its natural resources, its labour force and its accumulated capital base. “However, with the arrival of the Information Society that we are still experiencing today, the 'new' wealth of a nation is increasingly determined by its capability in mastering and applying innovative technologies and knowledge, whichever form they might take. ICT is just such a technology which enables information and knowledge to be shared in real time, in previously unimaginable amounts and scope.”
Fujun added that as Huawei, they believed that the application of ICT technologies and products in the education sector is of vital importance for Botswana. “To share with you an exciting fact, last year we have cooperated with Office of the President to carry out tablet donations to three schools in Palapye. These teachers and students have used Huawei tablets to search for learning materials online and their scores in the national exams have fared much better than other schools. So it is my conviction that the tablets we donate today will play a positive role in your daily teaching and learning activities.”