By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The Morelelo Primary school head, Dineo Olisitse, has expressed gratitude towards Huawei Technologies Botswana after the international ICT company donated ten laptops fully loaded with Windows 8, Microsoft Office, Antivirus Software and a WiFi router to fully equip a computer laboratory at her school. Olisitse said the donation would indeed “contribute and enhance the school’s performance greatly.”
The computers, which came installed with Internet connectivity, were formally given to the school during an official handing over ceremony.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Huawei Director of Delivery and Service, Ramasala Ntwaetsile said his organization is doing its best to empower and engage local communities in improving their Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education.
“As a leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei‘s vision is to bridge the digital divide, promote greater global understanding and therefore encourage and support sustainable human development. Huawei is a Fortune 500 company whose products and solutions have been deployed and utilized in over 140 countries and are currently serving over one third of the world’s population.”
The company also aims to allocate information communications and technology resources by providing more effective communications networks in the developing world.
Ntwaetsile highlighted that through the above strategy Huawei will enable greater access to communications and information systems to those who previously had no access.
According to Huawei the company has committed itself to providing relevant training for locals to improve their talent, as the company believes that access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable human development.
The Ambassador of China to Botswana, Zheng Zhuqiang, told the gathering that his country would continue supporting Botswana.
The ambassador applauded Huawei for the excellent gesture saying that donating these computers would change the children’s lives, as well as usher them into the world of ICT.
The Permanent Secretary to the President, and Chairman of the e-Government Board, Mothibi Molale applauded the Chinese government and Huawei for the gesture. Molale said remote villages also felt the need to catch up in issues pertaining to technology, particularly in education.