Airtel Bolsters ICT In Schools

drug geneva;”> While speaking during at the function held at, Nakasero Primary School in Kampala, education minister Jessica Alupo appreciated the British Council and Airtel for providing multimedia educational facilities to schools and communities where hubs have been established.

“When you have the internet it’s like you have another five teachers in the classroom which helps learners grasp very fast and comprehensively,” said Alupo.

She added that learning using computers is less straining and learners themselves are interested in the lessons making it a very effective method of teaching.

The duo have joined forces to maximize the learning benefits of Bharti Airtel’s wider broadband connectivity of 5GB per month in a three-year deal for 127 Digital Hubs located in schools across nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Speaking at the function, British Council Uganda Country Director, Peter Brown said that over half a million teachers and learners in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are set to experience a step change in access to digital educational resources in their schools.

“This latest partnership initiative with Bharti Airtel demonstrates our commitment to improving access to high-quality teaching and learning in Africa,” he said.

Brown said, the British Council connects teachers and learners around the world, so they can learn from each other, access knowledge and ultimately become global citizens.

“It is not always possible to make these connections face-to-face and moreover web-based connections allow for greater numbers of beneficiaries and this is now a reality,” he added.

He added that the partnership with Bharti Airtel will provide full internet accessibility to British Council Hubs, surrounding schools and communities.

“Digital Hubs have already been set up through partnerships with Microsoft in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana and Nigeria. High speed broadband access from Bharti Airtel for these hubs guarantees teachers’ and students’ limitless new educational opportunities. The Hubs in Schools serve as ICT centres for teachers, students and wider communities,” he noted.

The Managing Director Airtel Uganda, Mr. V.G. Somashekar expressed excitement about the innovation and was very thankful to British Council and all the other partners for turning this dream into reality.

“In line with Airtel’s Corporate Social Responsibilities, we are very excited to be a part of this initiative and we hope, through our partnership with the British Council, that it will be able to connect thousands of students and teachers and will also empower the local community with IT skills that will enable them to be more digitally enlightened and ultimately become more competitive in today’s fast changing economy,” he noted.

Somashekar added, “Over the last three years, thousands of schools across Sub-Saharan Africa have benefitted from British Council’s work supporting educators to improve their teaching and learning process through ICT. In Uganda, British council has worked with various partners such as UPDF, UNICEF and World Vision to set up the hubs in different regions countrywide.”

He added that in Kampala, KCCA partnered with Airtel by setting up digital hubs at Nsambya and Nakasero Primary Schools.

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