HP Invent and NEPAD e-Africa Commission have launched the first NEPAD e-school at Bugulumbya Secondary School in Kamuli district.
The programme aims at rolling out sustainable information and communication technology solutions for education across the continent.
Speaking during the launch on Wednesday, the technical services group general manager for HP Africa, Rainer Koc, said, â€œThe e-programme allows stimulation of growth in the local ICT economy, provides business with a way of reinvesting in the communities in which they serve and allows for extensive involvement of the local business.â€
Koch said the approach of encouraging in-country economic growth and skills transfer is synonymous with HPâ€™s interactions across the world.
HP first announced the launch plans for Bugulumbya e-school in June 2005 at the World Economic Forum Africa Summit in Cape Town. This was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between HP, NEPAD e-school Commission and the Uganda Government on July, 1.
The programme aims to transform all African secondary schools into e-schools within five years of implementation and all primary schools with in 10 years of implementation. More than 600,000 schools across the continent will enjoy the benefits of ICT and connectivity to the NEPAD e-schools network upon completion of the project.
HP Invent, NEPAD in e-school