Rwandan ICT in education attracts finish investors
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been designed among programs that are intended to improve the education sector for Rwanda’s knowledge based economy.
Some of the designed programs are currently being rolled out in schools across the country such as One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) aimed at empowering students starting from primary level.
Patrick Mugabo, the in charge of supplying the laptops in Rwanda, said that most public schools have received the laptops already.
“We have distributed at least 204,000 laptops to 408 public schools. There are also other laptops distributed through private initiatives so the trend is promising,” he said.
Following these efforts, investors from SANAKO Technology Company have chosen Rwanda as their first country ever in Africa to explore possible investment opportunities.
According to SANAKO’s Senior Manager-Partner Business Ville Lintervo
Africa is a continent that this company has not occupied for their business.
“Our choice for Rwanda is based on the fact that it has been so much into ICT for educational development. He cited the example of the OLPC project.
SANAKO provides language teaching solutions and classroom management software in schools.
The company’s multimedia learning solutions are used by educational institutions and business companies in more than 100 countries.
They support over 30,000 classroom installations through a network of over 200 business partners worldwide.
Rwanda continues to be one of the fastest growing African countries in ICT and there are several avenues for growth for the ICT sector.
Since Rwanda has adopted the “One Laptop Per Child” program, for it to succeed, the teachers are being equipped with the requisite skills to assist the pupils use their laptops effectively. Each laptop cost at least $200 (Rwf120, 000)