ADDIS ABABA – Digital learning centers built in 66 selected high schools nationwide have been inaugurated by Ethio Telecom on Thursday.
The centers are equipped with computers with fast broadband internet service, which will benefit 140,596 students.
Ethio Telecom said they were built at cost of nearly 45.5 to support “the overall efforts of producing knowledge based generation” as part of its corporate social responsibility in the education sector.
The telco has been expanding infrastructures and deploying latest technologies to expand telecom services accessibility and it has also done tariffs cuts, which it said, was aimed at making “sure that the wider community can afford and use telecom services.”
“Likewise, our company has designed and executed various strategic plans to advance the education sector in equipping with the necessary learning facilities and technologies, thereby ensuring the overall excellence in the education sector,” said the company.
Ethio Telecom built the digital learning centers in the high schools which were selected in partnership with regional education bureaus.
They are equipped with 1,386 desktop computers and furniture as well as availed fast broadband internet service per digital learning room.
The newly inaugurated centres, the telco said, will have “remarkable and profound impacts” on education sector by creating a technological and innovative learning environment for students.
The facilities will also support students to cope with the digital world, enhancing access to information and developing analytical thinking and problem solving skills, thereby imparting their tested knowledge and skills to the community, according to the state-owned firm.
Among 66 government high schools equipped with digital learning facilities,18 of them are located in Addis Ababa. The remaining 48 high schools are in different regions of the country.
“Considering the multifaceted role of the education sector in the overall growth of the nation,” the company said it has invested over 4.8 billion birr in the previous years, particularly in availing school net services following the introduction of technology supported online education (plasma TV).
The system is connected educational institutions with high speed fixed broadband internet and satellite communication options and providing free and up to 86% service fee discount.
The Company, a part of its corporate social responsibility activities, also funded 23.4 million birr for the school feeding program serving 9,000 students learning in 24 schools, said Ethio Telecom, adding that it has also allocated 22 million birr as a one-year pocket money for 5,500 selected students of 45 universities granting birr 400 a student monthly.
Ethio telecom officials vowed to “keep on excelling its corporate social responsibility contributions by directly taking part in a range of development endeavours of the nation in general and in making a difference in the excellence of the education sector in particular.”