Airtel Rwanda launches Smart Teacher Initiative

Airtel Rwanda's Director for Enterprise Business Philip Ozima hands over a positivo laptop to agents that will train teachers.

Airtel Rwanda’s Director for Enterprise Business Philip Ozima hands over a positivo laptop to agents that will train teachers.

Over 80,000 teachers across the country will own laptops as well as a modem with a two year unlimited internet, thanks to Airtel Rwanda.

The move that seen by experts as a compliment to the government’s smart Rwanda initiative as well as one child per laptop is likely to boost teaching as teachers will be able to do research on internet.

“We are dedicated to support them do their work easily to ensure a knowledgeable society,” said    Phillip Onzoma, Airtel Rwanda Head of Airtel Business on Friday.

Accordingly, the initiative that will be done in partnership with the teachers’ savings and credit cooperative Umwalimu and the Africa Smart Investment, distributors of the Rwanda made laptops- Positivo-BGH.

 “As Airtel we are pleased to be part of this partnership that will boost teachers’ capacity,” Onzima added.

Under the arrangement, teachers will apply for loans from Umwalimu Sacco which is payable in 24 installments in a period of two year  while paying 13,920 RWF per month Inclusive of Bank Interest.

“Umwalimu SACCO will pay the amount to Africa Smart Investments Distribution and a laptop with a modem loaded with 24 months internet will be delivered to Umwalimu SACCO branch for pickup,” said Jean Desire Usabyimana from Umwalimu Sacco.

The Chairman for Africa Smart Investment Francois Karenzi noted that the laptops which are made in Rwanda are designed according to international standards but also suit the conditions of the country.

 “Laptops to be distributed are of latest technology and no doubt they will help the teachers in doing their work,” he said.

The government in an effort to ease access to digital devices such as laptop and smart phones made an understanding with Positivo –BGH, South American company to manufacture computers and phones in the country.

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