Zambia: KCM Donates 110 Computers to Nine Schools


Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has provided 110 computers to nine schools and orphanages on the Copperbelt in a bid to enhance Information Communication Technology and the quality of education.

The donation of the 110 computers and nine printers, worth about US$100,000, was a follow-up to another donation of 300 computers to 19 Government schools in the last three years in areas where KCM operated.

According to a KCM statement, several schools requested for the computers, prompting the company to expand its programme to provide more computers to schools and children.

KCM corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager Sampa Chitah said the initiative to provide computers to schools and orphanages was intended to promote computer literacy in learning institutions and enable mainly underprivileged pupils compete favourably with their peers in privately-run schools. "This opportunity will foster an e-learning culture that is good to our education system," she said.

Chitah said the government alone could not achieve the goal of providing quality education, prompting KCM to partner with the government to provide computers to schools.

The project would impact positively on the pupils, particularly disadvantaged children in the orphanage centres as beneficiaries would keep abreast with basic computer skills. She urged school administrators and pupils to take advantage of the equipment to improve their computer literacy.

The schools which received the computers were Matelo Basic School, Maiteneke High School, Mutende Orphanage in Chingola, Chilabombwe's Konkola and Kamenza basic schools and One-way Mission Orphanage.

Rokana and Riverain basic schools and the SOS Children's Village in Kitwe were the other beneficiaries.