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Airtel Africa, UNICEF Re-affirm Commitment to Digital Learning in Uganda

A telecommunications operator, Airtel Africa and UNICEF have re-affirmed their shared commitment to accelerate access to quality education by millions of children in Uganda and the rest of Africa, through digital learning.

The commitment was made during Airtel Africa CEO, Segun Ogusanya’s courtesy visit to Kitende Secondary School in Entebbe.

Airtel Africa and UNICEF have launched the digital learning partnership in October 2021, to accelerate the roll-out of digital learning for children by connecting schools to the internet and ensuring free access to learning platforms in Uganda and other Airtel Operating Countries, to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

The partnership was launched in Uganda at St. Mary’s Assumpta Girls High School in Adjumani district which was connected by internet to Kitende Senior Secondary School enabling students at the two schools to engage in a shared online biology classroom session.

Addressing guests at Kitende SSS, Airtel Africa CEO, Segun Ogusanya said they are cognizant of the great value that education contributes to our nations across the continent, which is the reason for the deliberate promotion and empowerment of the people.

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He added that Airtel Africa will continue to support the shared efforts of the Government of Uganda, by Identifying and collaborating with strategic partners like UNICEF to transform the way children learn and the education outcomes in Uganda and across 13 other countries where Airtel Africa operates.

Airtel Uganda in partnership with UNICEF and the government will connect 100 schools in the first two years, targeting to positively impact 54,750 learners and teachers in primary and secondary schools across the country but focusing on rural schools in West Nile and Karamoja regions.

Ogusanya commended Airtel Uganda for the investments it has made and collaborations to accelerate internet connectivity in Uganda.

He said Airtel Uganda has deployed over 2500 masts that are 100% 4G, across the country to ease communication, payments and money transfer while transforming the livelihoods of millions of Ugandans through financial and digital inclusion.

The 4th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which is among the 17 SDGs established by the United Nations advocates for inclusive and equitable quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all children by creating easy access to education plus other learning opportunities.

Through the Kolibri digital learning platform, the partnership will reach 30,000 learners and 100,000 with USSD/SMS based content optimized for mobile.

The state minister for Primary Education, Moriku Kaducu acknowledged the positive contribution by Airtel Uganda and UNICEF which will be running for 5 years and targets to transform the way learners interact with teachers and the learning content.

She pledged government to support to the partnership in form of a conducive policy framework and engagement.

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