Huawei Technologies has donated 300 computers, 300 desks and chairs to various schools in Zambia. The donation is meant to boost ICT capacity in learning institutions and also improve the learners learning experience.
Speaking at State House during the handover ceremony, President Edgar Lungu said there is need for strengthened partnership between the Government and the private sector, to enhance information and communication technology (ICT) learning in schools in view of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Head of State says with increased use of online learning, education facilities should access computers and ICT materials to enhance teaching, adding that ICT is a sure way to enhance continuous learning even when schools remain closed.
The computers that initially came as a donation to the President’s former school, Mukuba Boys Secondary School will be shared with various Government schools in need, and also the Provincial education and District Education offices as well as a Community school in Chambeshi.
Computers facilitate the adaption of schools to provide their learners with the much-needed skills they need to thrive in the digital global society.
Speaking at the same event, Huawei Technologies Zambia Managing Director, Anthony Yu said education is fast transitioning from traditional to digital with the incorporation of ICT’s almost at every level.
Mr.Yu said every learner and classroom now needs technology because it is the pain and paper of our time in modern learning, adding that a comfortable learning environment forms a great human resource pool that is much needed to the economic development of any country.
“It is for this reason that we are contributing 300 computers, 300 desks and chairs to improve the students learning experience” Mr. Anthony Yu said.
Huawei is confident that the donation will make a huge difference in the schools by increasing ICT capabilities. In the past five years, Huawei has been seeking to create more than 20,000 indirect job opportunities in Zambia, and it has also been sponsoring skill transfer programs.
Mr.Yu explained that last year, more than 3000 students participated in the Huawei ICT competition, and the training in Zambia. He also said every year at least 10 top performing students from various high learning institutions in Zambia have been sent to China on a two weeks training to learn about the Chinese culture and the ICT technologies under the Seeds for the Future flagship program.
Mr. Yu also disclosed that Huawei remains committed to partnering with the Government has demonstrated by the recent donation of Intelligent Temperature Measurement Equipment at the Ministry of Health. He also disclosed that Huawei will soon donate face masks to Government and local communities mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
As a global leading provider of ICT solutions that seeks to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world, Huawei has provided technical support to the Government for experience sharing and prevention of COVID-19.
The recent donation will definitely contribute to the overall picture of smart education in Zambia and Huawei remains committed to partner with the Government to fully realize the smart education vision.
Source: Huawei Zambia