Tigo Tanzania has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure to facilitate the rollout of internet access points in the country’s secondary schools to complement the e-Schools Project for a period of 2 years.
As part of the agreement, the ministry will identify and provide a list of schools without computer labs to be connected. The Ministry will also guide the implementation of the project while Tigo will sponsor the infrastructural development in schools across the country, which will include wiring classrooms and installation of wireless LAN with internet access points.
Tigo’s e-Schools’ Project is one of the company’s strategic social investment projects and to date Tigo has been able to connect 31 public secondary schools in Tanzania with internet with an envisaged plan to connect 50 more this year.
The e-school’s project is among various projects that Tigo has undertaken to support community initiatives through the telecom’s corporate social responsibility portfolio. They include donation of over 2,700 desks to needy primary schools in a sustainable venture that is meant to alleviate the serious shortage of desks in the country’s schools.
Last year, Tigo partnered with Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi), a local NGO to offer scholarships worth over Tsh: 300m/- (about $ 136,363 ) to cover tuition fees, research fees, meals and accommodation for a period of four years to nine students undertaking ICT courses in local universities.