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Airtel SL, NATCOM, London Mining (SL) Limited and Sierra Leone Commercial Bank are teaming up with the Playhouse Foundation, a registered charity in Sierra Leone and Houston, Texas and Digital Links, an E-Learning NGO based in the U.K. to provide IT solutions in secondary schools in Kono District as from March 2011.
During the first phase of the project, 50 computers, 5 printers, 5 laptops for the teachers and other accessories, 5 digital projectors, 5 interactive digital screens, 5 camcorders and digital cameras, 50 headsets, 15 solar panels, 5 central servers, furniture, and a 5-year ICT learning software in Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry produced by Fusion Universal, one of the largest European software companies will be donated to 5 secondary schools in the following chiefdoms in Kono District: Koidu Girls Secondary School in Gbense Chiefdom, Ahmadiya Secondary School in Kamara Chiefdom, Yengema Secondary School in Jaima Nimikoro Chiefdom and Kono Model Academy in Tankoro Chiefdom. The funds have been directed towards the establishment of Millennium Computer Laboratories with state of the art digital equipment and accessories. The project will be extended to other chiefdoms in Kono District during the second phase. Internet connectivity at the Millennium Labs valued at over Le. 120 million will be provided by Airtel SL.
This strategic alliance also falls within the corporate social responsibility principles of Airtel SL, London Mining S.L. Limited, NATCOM and Sierra Leone Commercial Bank of supporting the youth and providing employment. NATCOM remains committed to rural ICTs and the Ministry of Information and Communication has put forward ICTs as one of its major initiatives.
The following benefits will result from this project:
Digital Links is a registered NGO in the U.K. which provides computing solutions for development under its trademark. Unique non-conventional PCs at an ultra low cost are made available in the school system.
The Playhouse Foundation is a charitable organization that was established in 2009 by Mr. Abu Deedee Koroma and Ms. Finda Koroma in memory of their parents, the Late Abu Aiah Koroma Esq. and his wife, the Late Danké Evelyn Koroma. The focus of the foundation is on education and the main beneficiaries are children, the youth and the disadvantaged section of the population in Sierra Leone.
The Co-directors of the Playhouse Foundation are grateful to the corporate sponsors of this project and; to H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma and Dr. Kaifala Marah, Chief of Staff to the President for facilitating the implementation of the Millennium Computer Lab project. They would also like to thank Mr. Ted Sauti-Phiri, former Managing Director of Zain, Sierra Leone and Mr. David Keili, former Managing Director of London Mining (S.L.) Ltd. for supporting the Millennium Labs project in Kono from the onset.
By Finda Koroma
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