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Zimbabwe govt connects over 3 400 schools to internet

by Staff reporter
09 Jun 2024 at 04:04hrs | Views
The Zimbabwean government has significantly boosted equity in education and digital literacy by connecting 3,425 schools nationwide to the internet in recent years. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance e-learning opportunities and foster digital competency among learners in both urban and rural areas.

According to Taungana Ndoro, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education's director of communications and advocacy, this project is a major step towards bridging the digital divide in Zimbabwe's education system. Ndoro reported a notable increase in connected schools, emphasizing the government's commitment to expanding access to critical resources for students and educators.

By the end of the year, the ministry aims to connect an additional 2,000 schools, including 1,200 in rural areas and 800 in urban regions, to ensure equitable access to digital resources. The project includes providing free unlimited Wi-Fi to 1,850 schools, particularly in underserved rural communities, and equipping 1,675 schools with alternative energy sources like solar systems to maintain continuous internet access.

Additionally, over 2,000 schools have been outfitted with computer labs, with plans to establish 750 more this year. This infrastructure aims to provide students with hands-on experience and opportunities to develop critical digital skills.

The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, and the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe support this connectivity program. The lack of internet access in many rural schools had previously created a significant digital divide, particularly evident during the Covid-19 pandemic when online learning became essential.

Overall, the government remains deeply committed to leveraging digital technologies to enhance education quality and provide equitable opportunities for all students in Zimbabwe.

Source - The Sunday Mail