RUBAVU- Gisenyi Science School yesterday received 36 new computers and one year’s free internet connection from telecommunications giant, MTN, to boost its ICT department.
MTN has provided the same number of computers to one school in each province under the initiative ‘MTN Foundation’ as part of its social corporate responsibility.
The Gisenyi School, which has a total of 678 students, had 25 computers in its laboratory and the donation would see the student to computer ratio significantly improved.
“The equipment will help improve academics especially in the field of research as well as connecting students with the outside world via social networks,” said Esri Hakuzimana, the school’s headmaster.
The laboratory will also serve other neighbouring schools and the surrounding community after an agreement to that effect.
However, the school has only one ICT teacher for all the courses.
Handing over the donation, MTN Foundation Board Member, Zulphat Mukarubenga, urged the school management and students to guard the donation jealously.
“Our donation to this school and to others we have supported is to support one of the key pillars of Vision 2020. ICT is the future and we want to see all our young people getting an opportunity to develop and harness their ICT knowledge,” a Mukarubegadded.
For any school to benefit from the MTN Foundation, it should have over 500 students, a significant percentage of girls and offers science subjects, among other criteria.