The Botswana’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Ministry of Basic Education and Orange Foundation on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement the digital schools program from 2020 until 2022.
The program aims to bridge the digital divide by leveraging technology to improve access to education in primary schools located in remote areas, thus promoting sustainable digital inclusion.
Speaking during a Stakeholder Engagement ceremony in Gaborone, Patrick Benon, Orange Botswana Chief Executive Officer, said through the advent of technology, children can be empowered with the kind of education and digital literacy that gives them all the tools and resources they need to engage in the 4th Industrial revolution.
He further said, “To date, 14 schools are already equipped and in the initial scope the plan was to equip 45 schools over a 5 year period. We have decided to increase the scope by 50 percent and to extend the program to 22 additional schools, meaning that in total we are going to equip 67 schools, donate 3300 tablets, 132 servers and 67 projectors over the 5 year period.” Benon further explained that the program will be expected to impact around 33,000 students in Botswana.
Speaking during the same occasion, Setlhabelo Nasser Modukanele, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said the best way to ensure efficiency is to increase private participation in infrastructure and the provision of the “Digital Kit” to our primary schools is bound to enhance performance of teachers and learners.
“The noble gesture will go a long way in providing a conducive environment for improved pass rate and an opportunity for learners in primary schools to share practical experience of ICT in education including geographically and culturally diverse regions in Botswana.”
The two parties have agreed to expand the scope of the digital content beyond primary school curriculum and to pilot the digitisation of Junior Secondary School learning material. Enditem