MTN Foundation’s Digital Access for Inclusion program has opened the doors of technology to nearly 1,400 learners with disabilities across five schools in Uganda this year, marking a significant investment of Shs800 million.
The impact of the program reverberates across different regions, with Salama School for the Blind and Masaka School for the Deaf in the central region receiving 10 computers each, along with assorted equipment and a year of free internet connectivity.
Similar support was extended to the eastern region’s Ngora School for the Deaf, the northern region’s Gulu High School, and the western region’s Hornby High School in Kabale.
Brian Mbasa, Senior Manager at MTN Foundation, emphasized the program’s seamless alignment with MTN Uganda’s Ambition 2025 Strategy.
This strategy ensures that the benefits of a modern connected life are accessible to everyone, irrespective of their socio-economic background or ability.
He highlighted MTN Uganda’s commitment to equipping learners with digital skills crucial for navigating the evolving job market, emphasizing that the digital skilling initiative will persist amid the ongoing 4th industrial revolution.
This initiative comes as World Bank statistics indicate that 16% of Ugandan children have a disability, suggesting that most children with disabilities are not able to attend school and that learners with special needs fail to transition from one educational level to another.
The statistics further note that only 5% of children with disabilities have access to education through Inclusive Schools and 10% through special schools.
This initiative is part of MTN Uganda Foundation’s broader efforts to enhance information and communication technologies in schools and communities.
Other institutions such as Kabale Preparatory School in Kabale District, Smart Girls Foundation in Wakiso District, and Moroto Public Library in Moroto District have also benefited from fully equipped computer labs.
Over the years, MTN Uganda has collaborated with organizations like Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS) to support the government’s goal of delivering education for all.
The Foundation has implemented 15 infrastructural projects in various educational institutions, expanding access to quality education for thousands of learners.