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British Council, Airtel partner to empower students

01 November 2013, 16:35

Nairobi - More than 500 000 teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa are poised to benefit from a partnership by British Council and Bharti Airtel, who have joined forces to make internet access available in schools.

The partnership will provide full internet accessibility to British council Hubs, surrounding schools and communities. Digital hubs have already by been set up through partnerships with Microsoft in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Ghana and Nigeria.

High speed broadband access from Airtel for these hubs guarantees teachers and students limitless new education opportunities.

Bharti Airtel will provide 5 GB per month in a three-year deal for 127 digital hubs located in schools across the nine countries.

According to Peter Brown, Country Director of the British Council, this latest partnership initiative with Bharti Airtel demonstrated his organisation’s commitment to improving access to high-quality teaching and learning Africa.

“The British Council connects teachers and learners around the world, so they can learn from each other, accessing knowledge and ultimately become global citizens. It is not always possible to make these connections face-to-face and moreover web-based connection allow for greater numbers of beneficiary and this is now a reality thanks to the partnership with Bharti Airtel and Micros. 14 fully equipped and connected computer hubs located in 10 districts benefiting tens of thousands of students, teachers and their wider community,” he said.

Airtel executive, VG Somashekar, said this initiative would empower students to be more digitally enlightened and ultimately become more competitive in today’s fast-changing economy.

“In line with Airtel’s Corporate Social Responsibilities, we are very excited to be a part of this initiative and we hope through our partnership with the British Council, that this initiative will be able to connect thousands of students and teachers and will also empower the local community with IT skills that will enable them to be more digitally enlightened and ultimately become more competitive in today’s fast changing economy,” Somashekar said.

– CAJ News


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