Telecom Company MTN Uganda in the 2017 community service campaign dubbed “21 Days of Y’ello Care programme” is determined to break down traditional barriers to education.
To achieve that, mind MTN will carry out classroom renovations and literacy projects, ambulance Information Communication Technology (ICT) trainings plus provision of digital educational content to schools.
The campaign which was launched on Friday June 2 at Bukoto Muslims Primary School began with painting School buildings, treat cleaning the school compound and skilling pupils in ICT.
Staff members from MTN Corporate affairs and Business departments spearheaded the activities.
Donations were also made which included among others providing the school with a computer connected to the internet, scholastic materials, and garden tools like wheel barrows and hoes.
The “21 Days of Yello Care” programme, which is running across 21 African countries in which MTN operates, is part of MTN’s annual programs aimed at giving back to the community.
Wim Vanhelleputte, the chief executive officer of MTN Uganda, who also participated in community work at the school, said that MTN is focusing on education because they believe education is a right.
“As MTN, we believe education shouldn’t be a privilege, but a fundamental right for every child to benefit from. We want to make education a reality to children in Uganda,” he said.
Vanheleputte urged the community members and civil servants at the event on “embracing technology if we are to achieve modern education like the rest of the world”.
In order to boost the campaign, MTN Group is inviting social media users to join its employees in a virtual campaign by sharing information about education using the hashtag#ShareKnowledge.
Pagirinyi Refugee Settlement Project receives two computers with internet in the drive that will culminate into awarding prizes to the best campaigns.
The prizes include the Group President & CEO prize of US$100 000 and Vice President Prizes for each region (WECA, SEA and MENA) of US$30 000.
Juliet Nambi Namudu, the director of education and social services at KCCA, the guest of honour in her speech lobbied for more support from MTN especially putting up the MTN internet bus.
Vahheleputte accepted to provide the MTN Internet Bus Project which will provide training, mentorship and career guidance for learners and teachers.
Namudu also asked the CEO to visit Summit View Primary School in Kololo, which she says is in a poor state and needs funding of Shs2m to feed the kids per term.
Other guests at the event were Rosette Natumanya, the town clerk of Nakawa Division, Hakim Kakembo, the headteacher Bukoto Primary School and the LCI Chairperson Joan Kasirye Akiki.
In the 2016 campaign, which benefited at least 100,000 people, over 10 000 participant were involved and their contribution saw the construction of 10 classrooms, establishment of 56 libraries and the launching of eight ICT labs.