- World Mobile partners with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Zanzibar.
- More schools are expected to be covered so as to meet their vision of covering the region by 2022.
- Representatives from the government and World Mobile commend the partnership.
World Mobile in an official announcement in November 2021, noted that they wish to make Zanzibar a blockchain hub in Tanzania and Africa, by providing affordable internet access to schools. In an agreement signed with the Ministry of Educational and Vocational Training in Zanzibar, it noted that the hub will provide free and uninterrupted internet services to the region.
The blockchain internet company has been able to provide internet access to more than 1,000 students in other locations like Benbella, Kiwengwa, and Forodhani with the vision of connecting additional 10 schools by January 2022. This is in furtherance with its goal of connecting all schools within the region before the end of next year. The collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has helped some teachers and students to have laptops equipped with internet capacity, powered by solar installations within the schools.
The schools are expected to provide node operation services to the locals. This will improve their economy and also provide a good livelihood.
Mr. Simai Mohammed the Minister noted:
“We are proud to broaden the partnership between the Ministry and the private sector to enhance how we operate in a more digital world. This partnership will improve educational outcomes for our students, which will benefit Zanzibar for generations.”
World Mobile Co-founder RJ Kakunda said:
“By providing this connectivity to schools they will also connect the schools to the Ministry’s EMIS (Educational Management Information System) platform, which enables resource management to improve school effectiveness. This will improve how schools operate and will benefit students and teachers. They are also pleased to give the local areas around the schools a boost with affordable, higher-quality connectivity.”
In his contribution, the CEO of World Mobile Micky Watkins said:
“World Mobile’s approach is based on the Sharing Economy where all those taking part will benefit from network’s activities. They are proud to show how this will work in Zanzibar for people generally and now for schools. They plan to expand our network into other areas including healthcare, all public spaces, airports, ferry terminals, and the blue economy.”