New project to connect 300 schools to internet

THE College of Information and Communication Technology (CoICT) of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in collaboration with various partners is implementing a project through which 300 secondary schools in Tanzania will be connected to internet to help students access learning materials online.

The school connectivity project is in its third phase and was inaugurated at Joel Bendera Secondary school, Tanga in March this year.

Recently, Head of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (ETE) at CoICT, Dr Baraka Maiseli, said through the project students will participate in network design, installation, maintenance as well as creating digital content and applications.

Dr Maiseli said the aim of the project is to provide internet infrastructure to schools in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar as well as offering digital skills to teachers to enable them to incorporate ICT in their teaching and learning for students.

Furthermore, he said, the project, through which students would access learning materials through the E-fahamu portal, UDSM is partnering with the Basic Internet Foundation from Norway, University of Oslo, Norway, African Child Projects, Vodacom Tanzania Foundation, Universal Communication Service Access Funds (UCSAF), Arusha Technical College (ATC) and Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT).

Regarding the contribution of the project partners, Dr Maiseli said the Basic Internet Foundation would donate Microtik antennas and routers while Vodacom Tanzania Foundation would donate ICT devices for schools E-fahamu portal, and data bundle on monthly basis.

On its part, UCSAF would provide ICT devices and data bundle while African Child Projects would be the lead project implementors.

Meanwhile, the UDSM project coordinator, Dr Moses Mchome, said the main activities in the programme, which is an outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UDSM, African Child Projects, and the Basic Internet Foundation, aims at creating solution.

Dr Mchome said mentorship of university students through innovation and projects was an effective way to create solutions and a workforce for the industry.

Moreover, he said, through collaboration with various stakeholders, the UDSM developed programmes to impart skills tostudents to enable them become employable and be able create their own jobs.

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