Rwanda: MTN Inaugurates 'ICT School Project' in Rusumo

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MTN Rwanda on Thursday inaugurated the 'ICT School Project' at Rusumo High School in Eastern Province. It consists of a computer lab equipped with 36 internet-connected computers set up by the MTN Foundation, the company's corporate social responsibility program.

"MTN Rwanda supports education and ICT as part of our corporate social responsibility," said Paul Mugemangago, the senior manager for legal and corporate affairs. "Within education the project 'ICT School Connect' is designed to enable teachers and pupils in secondary schools gain practical skills on the usage and understanding of ICT and how it can add value to their lives."

The project was inaugurated in 2010 and has so far benefitted six high schools: Essa High School in Musanze, Ste Bernadette in Huye, Kabarondo High School, Kanombe High School, ESG Rubavu, Gihundwe high School and now Rusumo. The schools also receive free high bandwidth internet for one year.

The approximate cost of the project, implemented in collaboration with the ministry of education, until now has been Frw 160 million. Overall the MTN Foundation has donated over 252 computers and more than 5,500 students and 300 teachers have benefited.

Mugemangago explained that it allows youth to have access to the internet early which will help them later in their professional life.

The MTN Foundation is funded by MTN Rwanda, which donates 1% of its post-tax profits and covers all its overhead expenses.