Global telecommunications equipment firm Ericsson said it had provided the network infrastructure and services to bring voice and data communications to the Millennium Village Project (MVP) in Koraro located in a remote part of northern Ethiopia.
In a news dispatch from its Nairobi office Monday, Ericsson said with access to 3G connectivity, more than 4,000 students and their teachers at two schools involved in the ‘Connect To Learn initiative’ would now have access to modern learning and teaching resources through Ericsson’s cloud-computing solution.
In addition, community health workers in the Millennium Villages will be using mobile phones provided by Sony Mobile and broadband access provided by Ericsson to deliver life-saving health care services directly to households to collect health information for improved monitoring.
The statement quoted Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, to have said: “Education is key to ending poverty and ensuring a better life for people.”
ICT can play a vital role in providing access to quality classroom resources for both teacher and student, and fostering social awareness and global understanding which has become a necessity nowadays in secondary education.
Awash Teklehaimanot, Professor at Columbia University and Director of Millennium Project in Ethiopia, said “the Koraro Millennium Village had limited access to communications technologies. However, with the support of Ericsson, the people in Koraro Cluster have benefited from 3G connectivity and Connect To Learn facilities.”