Tigo Tanzania the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country last week entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure to facilitate the roll-out of Internet access points in the country’s secondary schools so as 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 and also guide the implementation of the project while Tigo will sponsor the infrastructural development in schools across the country that will include wiring classrooms and installation of wireless LAN with internet access points.
While signing the memorandum of understanding at the Jangwani Secondary School, Tigo Chief Commercial Officer Shavkat Berdiev said that through the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department they are now implementing the government’s vision to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy by the year 2025 and the company is committed to ensure that most of the secondary schools have access to the internet in Tanzania.
According to Berdiev, Tigo Tanzania is proud to be partnering with the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure to enable the youth and the wider communities to tap into the global mainstream of information and knowledge, where they will learn, expand their creativity and collaborate with peers across the world.
“Tigo will continue to work with the government on other innovative and exciting projects to uplift the lives of many Tanzanians”, Berdiev added.
While thanking Tigo during the signing of the agreement, The Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure Prof. Faustine Kamuzora said that it is through such partnerships that they shall be able to impart modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills and knowledge to the youth, to enable them to face the challenges of the ever-changing information trends in the society and global economy.
“I commend Tigo for its readiness to engage in public and private sector partnerships in order to help secondary school students in Tanzania and also welcome the participation of other stakeholders in the integration of this technology,” Prof. Kamuzora added.
The e-Schools project is one of Tigo’s strategic social investment projects and to-date Tigo has been able to connect 31 public secondary schools with internet with an envisaged plan to connect 50 more this year.
Tigo started its operations in Tanzania in 1994. Tigo is the commercial brand of Millicom, an international company developing the digital lifestyle in 11 countries with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the USA.