Tigo recently donated 10 computers to students of Jangwani Secondary School in Dar es Salaam in commemoration of this year’s, Girls in ICT Day, a gesture that contributes in bridging the gender gap in ICT sector. The theme for this year is “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes”
The International Girls in ICT Day – #GirlsinICTDay – is an initiative of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the growing STEM/IT sector.
Speaking during the donation event held at the Jangwani Secondary School, Tigo’s Chief Technical and Information Officer, Jerome Albou said that Tigo is committed in contributing to enabling students, especially girls, to tap into the global mainstream of information and knowledge, where they will learn, expand their creativity and collaborate with peers across the world through ICT-based initiatives.
“The donation of these computers underlines Tigo’s commitment in supporting the empowerment of women and girls through information and communication technologies”, said Albou, noting that Tigo was keen in implementing the government’s vision to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy by the year 2025, through promotion and attracting women to achieve greater workforce diversity.
The chief guest at the event, Mrs Dorosela Rugaiyama, Assistant Director of Communications, Ministry of Works, Transport & Communications, commended Tigo for the donation, saying that the computers will go a long way in imparting modern ICT skills and knowledge to the youth, enabling them to face the challenges of the ever-changing information trends in the society and global sphere.
Other activities that took place at Jangwani Secondary School, one of Tigo’s e-School’s Project Centres since 2015, included computer programming presentations by award-winning young students, working under the Tigo’s Digital Change-makers’ winners, Carolyne Ekyarisiima whose ‘Apps and Girls Project’ bridges the gap in ICT through digital technologies, and Faraja Nyalandu, founder of Shule Direct, a digital social enterprise that provides education content to help address the challenge of the shortage of teachers.
The Tanzania government requires schools to teach basic computer lessons but with only 5% of schools having computers, ICT competence remains a mirage but with Tigo’s shot in the arm, coupled with other stakeholders’ support, the goal-posts are bound to change and might motivate other stakeholders to act and achieve the target set by the government aimed at equipping more than 700 schools with ICT tools including computers.
Tigo e-Schools Project is one of the company’s strategic social investment projects whereby through the project, Tigo has been able to connect more than 60 public secondary schools in Tanzania with the fastest and reliable 4G LTE internet.