At least 80,000 Rwandan teachers will soon start receiving free laptops to enhance their work as part of the new Smart Teacher Initiative.
The laptops will be distributed under the partnership between Africa Smart Investments Distribution, the Rwanda Ministry of Education, Rwanda Education Board, UMWALIMU SACCO and Airtel Rwanda.
To acquire the laptops and modems, teachers will apply for loans from UMWALIMU SACCO, payable in 24 easy installments (2 years) while paying 13,920 RWF per month Inclusive of Bank Interest.
“We are excited to empower teachers by equipping them with Positivo BGH Laptops of the latest technology to enable them do their work and we have no doubt that they will deliver efficiently while they prepare content for students using these laptops”, said Francois Karenzi the Chairman for Africa Smart Investments-Distribution.
The move is expected to aid the existing the ‘One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project, which has seen several pupils get ICT skills and knowhow, despite some hiccups in the management of the project.
In 2014, The Broadband Commission for Digital Development commended Rwanda’s reforms in education system that has developed 21st century learning skills.
Rwanda has distributed 204,000 laptops to 407 schools across the country- ranking it the 3rd largest deployment in the world after Peru and Uruguay-under the ‘One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project.