order http://datablend.be/wp-includes/post.php geneva;”>The launch takes place as part of activities under the 21 days of Y’ello care, ed a 21 day long MTN staff volunteerism initiative in which MTN employees take part in activities that uplift communities around them through financial, physical and emotional contributions.
While launching this initiative, Anthony Katamba MTN Uganda’s corporate services general manager, noted that the learning platform is an initiative geared at impacting and empowering learners within the country through improved electronic educational content and user enabling applications.
“At MTN we believe in empowerment of the communities in various areas. Education is one such area which is very close to our hearts because of the direct link between improved literacy and the socio-economic status of any community,” said Katamba.
“The partnership on this e-learning platform will therefore empower and enable students from all regions, both rural and urban, not only access quality education efficiently, but also improve their ICT knowledge, skills and exposure, along the way.”
The platform that was launched in June 2012 enables students from schools across the country to access educational material from the recommended national syllabus as well as other relevant materials.
The competition will have 50 participating schools each registering 50 students to take part in an on line aptitude exam with 50 questions to be answered within one hour and 15 minutes. The tests will be done at regional hub schools where participating schools will converge and mentorship, and career guidance classes will also be conducted for participating students.
Mvara SSS is the hub for North and West Nile regions, Gayaza High School for Central, Mwiri College for Eastern while Bweranyagi Girls School is the hub for the Western region.
The MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel said, “The funding of the project is solely dependent on contributions from MTN Staff who also physically get involved in the campaign activities.
Leveraging on our regional presence across the country, the planned activities will allow a cross section of our staff to participate in this worthy Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. MTN Uganda firmly believes that ICT sector holds tremendous promise as an enabler of social development especially in Education”.
He therefore noted that as part of a drive to generate positive content for the e-learning platform, MTN Uganda will also initiate a competition on its Facebook page with the objective of acquiring innovative content and applications to support the Uganda Schools eLearning platform.