KAYONZA - The MTN Rwanda Foundation, an umbrella body which directs and manages MTN’s social responsibility programmes, on Wednesday, donated 36 computers to Kabarondo Secondary School in Kayonza district.
The school will in addition be given free Internet connection for a period of one year.
Addressing students, teachers and local leaders of Kabarondo, Alphonse Byusa, Chairman MTN Foundation, reaffirmed the Foundations’ commitment to helping the government improve education in Rwanda.
Byusa added the company is committed to improving people’s quality of life through implementing appropriate social intervention programmes in priority areas.
“The Foundation currently focuses on health and education, to complement government’s agenda, of improving living conditions of the people,” he said.
“The computers and the Internet connection will help students to join the global village. A student in Kabarondo shouldn’t feel inferior to that one of Texas-US; the two access the same learning environment online.”
Michel Muvange Nturo, the school’s head teacher, thanked MTN and reiterated the importance of ICT in a school.
He noted that with Internet connection, the problem of lack of reading material will be no more at the school.
“The Internet connection will benefit both the learners and teachers. Our greatest problem is learning material…but with Internet you can access all the materials. Our school will definitely improve its academic performance,” he said.
Isaac Bakuramutsa, 15, a Senior Two student said being able to access Internet at their school was like a miracle.
“It’s unimaginable, no one expected Internet at this remote school. You can see all students jumping up and down, they are happy and cannot wait to view what is on Internet,” he said.
The colourful ceremony was attended by district local leaders led by Anita Mutesi, the vice Mayor in charge of Social affairs.