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Over 14,000 Computers Distributed Nationwide in Second Republic’s E-Learning Drive

The ongoing e-learning program led by the Second Republic and facilitated by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal, and Courier Services has seen the distribution of more than 14,000 computers to 719 schools nationwide.

Since 2018, over 2,400 institutions have received support with connectivity and internet bandwidth, while 400 school laboratories have been established across the country.

Focused primarily on rural schools, this e-learning initiative aligns with President Mnangagwa’s vision of inclusivity and equitable access to technology.

Minister of ICT, Postal, and Courier Services, Dr. Tatenda Mavetera, highlighted the government’s commitment to e-learning during a recent presentation on its contribution to Vision 2030. He disclosed that over $11 million has been allocated to fund e-learning initiatives under the New Dispensation.

Each school involved in the program has been equipped with computer laboratories comprising a minimum of 30 computers, facilitating e-learning activities for students.

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Additionally, through the efforts of POTRAZ, more than 2,400 laptops have been distributed to 120 schools in Mashonaland Central alone. Schools in other regions, including Matabeleland North, have also received their share of over 1,000 computers.

Recognizing ICT as a crucial driver of economic development, the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) emphasizes the importance of universal access to ICTs by 2030.

The ICT Lab per School Programme, spearheaded by the government through POTRAZ, forms a significant part of this initiative.

Plans are underway to connect over 3,000 schools to the internet through YahClick, pending the settlement of a $850,000 debt to service providers.

Furthermore, the Ministry of ICT intends to launch a mobile digital literacy campaign, aiming to extend digital education and support to remote areas, ensuring technology reaches every corner of the country.

The Second Republic launched the national ICT drive in 2018, aiming to develop homegrown ICT solutions to address various challenges.

Under this drive, over 82 innovators have received government funding to develop their innovations from conceptualization to commercializationHome – ZiMetro News

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