Airtel Uganda and ATC Uganda Partner to Enhance Education Access via Digital Communities

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Airtel Uganda, the country’s 5G network provider, has partnered with telecom tower infrastructure company ATC Uganda to advance education access through Digital Community Centers in Uganda. Together, they will establish eight Digital Communities as part of the “Access to Education” project. These centers will offer free access to important learning platforms, especially in underserved areas, by equipping public libraries with computers and internet connectivity. The partnership’s vision is to use connectivity to promote social development, financial literacy, and career development in unserved and underserved communities, increasing the accessibility and quality of education for all, regardless of their economic status.

Airtel Uganda’s CTO, Rajesh Agrawal, envisions a world where every child in even the most remote part of Uganda can access the wealth of knowledge available on the internet, transforming their futures and opening up new opportunities.

ATC Uganda’s CEO, Dorothy Kabagambe Ssemanda, views this partnership as a significant step in their mission to empower communities through technology, with plans to set up more Digital Communities by the end of 2025. These centers will not only provide access to computers but also serve as hubs for digital literacy, financial education, and career development.

Among the initiatives in this partnership, Airtel Uganda will provide free internet connectivity to ATC’s Digital Communities. With the recent rollout of the 5G network in Uganda, remote areas will have access to the same quality of education as urban areas. ATC Uganda will ensure these Digital Communities are equipped with computers, offering digital literacy programs and trainers.

With 12 Digital Communities already in operation, ATC Uganda provides uninterrupted power supply and broadband connection to offer free education without discrimination in terms of community literacy levels, age, and occupation. The goal is to bridge the digital divide and enhance digital inclusion through education, reflecting a commitment to empowering communities.

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Tumwesige Ivan Kato is a Ugandan Journalist, filmmaker and social media influencer currently working with The Black Examiner newspaper and co-owns Abjine Media Group with his brother Busiinge Aggrey Insingoma
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