It was established to support the centre that trains and equips girls and women who were affected during the war
Just weeks after the MTN Foundation’s announcement of a sh5b investment commitment into community development this year, the Foundation opened a brand new ICT Resource Centre at the Gulu War Affected Training Centre in Gulu District.
The project estimated to have cost just over sh100m includes 15 state of the art computers, hi-powered UPS system and dedicated internet connectivity.
It was established to support both the centre that trains and equips girls and women who were affected during the war in the north with life and business skills and the community of Gulu to access both internet services and ICT basics.
“With the growing trends in technology, MTN Uganda through the MTN Foundation continues to bridge the gap between the urban and rural areas especially in the education sector, through the implementation of ICT related initiatives in communities across the country”, MTN CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte said at Thursday's opening ceremony.
He added that there is a direct link between improved literacy and the socio-economic status of any community.
“We are committed to support such initiatives that further enhance human capacity building as a catalyst for economic development”, Vanhelleputte said.
South African High Commissioner to Uganda and guest of honour, Prof LS Mollo commended MTN Uganda for its continued commitment and enthusiasm in making a difference among communities stating that the company’s support of the centre will go a long way in enhancing development in Gulu.
“As a trustee of the MTN Foundation, I confirm that this initiative is part of our focus to support education as one of our key focus areas of investment in Uganda,” he commented.