MTN Uganda launches computer lab for Gulu High School

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MTN Uganda launches computer lab for Gulu High School
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Telecom company, MTN Uganda, in a strategic collaboration with Sense International Uganda, has launched an assistive technology computer lab at Gulu High School.

Launched on Thursday, the initiative is set to benefit over 700 learners including 45 with vision impairment by providing them with digitised learning materials and specialised technological tools.

According to the telecom, the project is a key component of the Digital Access for Inclusion initiative spearheaded by the MTN Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MTN Uganda, aimed at fostering educational, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth of Uganda.

This support follows the successful launch of similar projects at Salaama School for the Blind in Mukono District, Ngora School for the Deaf in Ngora District, Masaka School for the Deaf in Masaka District and Hornby High School in Kabale District.

Speaking at the computer lab opening on Thursday, Phillip Odoi, the business manager for the Northern and Western Nile region at MTN Uganda, said they stand united in belief in the power of digital technology to bridge gaps, to bring about inclusivity, and to uplift lives across the telecom’s diverse society.

“In the face of Uganda's dynamic digital evolution, where a vibrant youth dominates our population and the demand for digital literacy is more urgent than ever, integrating digital skills into our educational fabric is critical,” Odoi said.

Nobert Tommy Ocen, the headmaster of Gulu High School, praised MTN Uganda and its partners for their contribution of an ICT facility to the school.

He called on stakeholders, including political leaders, parents, students, and the education department, to take responsibility for maintaining and ensuring the accountability of the new ICT centre.

“Let's make the most of this opportunity,” he said.

Gulu High School students, including Rebecca Aromorach, expressed their gratitude towards MTN Uganda for the ICT centre donation.

“This initiative will empower us with digitized resources and specialized tools for enhanced education,” she said.

Data from the World Bank shows that 16%  of Ugandan children have disabilities including blindness.

MTN says the latest endeavour aligns with its Ambition 2025 vision, which is focusing on leveraging digital innovation to drive progress and empowerment across Africa.

MTN adds that the initiative also underlines its commitment to integrating digital literacy and skills into the educational sector, particularly for those with special needs, thereby affirming the company’s motto: "Together, We're Unstoppable."

“The Digital Access for Inclusion program, with an investment of Shs 800 million, is part of MTN Uganda’s broader efforts to leverage technology for societal development.” the company says.

MTN Uganda has been at the forefront of supporting ICT in education, having established over 42 ICT labs in educational institutions nationwide, including six technical institutes such as Amelo Technical Institute in Adjumani District, St. Simon Peter’s Vocational Training Centre in Hoima District, and St. Daniel Comboni Polytechnic in Moroto District.

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