MTN staff to build e-libraries, distribute school bags

MTN Ghana is dedicating this year’s MTN 21 Day Yello Care to build e-libraries and distribute schools bags made from recycled material to school kids in selected communities across country.

A statement from the telecoms market leader said the gesture is in line with the theme for this year’s 21 Yello Care, dubbed ‘Investing in Education for All’.

‘In line with this year’s theme and the company’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold digital world, MTN Ghana is focusing on inculcating Information and Communications Technology into teaching and learning to help bridge the digital divide,’ the statement said.

The e-libraries are earmarked for Ningo Senior High School in the Greater Accra, Tarkwa Regional Library in the Western Region and Suma Ahenkoro in the Brong Ahafo Region.

‘The e-libraries will provide access to a wide range of e-books around the world on a wide range of subjects for both teachers and students. They will also help to bridge the rural-urban digital divide,’ the company said.

MTN said its staff volunteers have already started work on the e-libraries at all three selected locations across the country. The concrete foundation for the e-library projects has been completed and waiting to dry before the raising of the structure for the e-libraries.

Meanwhile, work is also ongoing with the designing and sewing of school bags from MTN banners and flexi materials at National Vocational Training Institute at Dansoman, Biriwa NVTI Center in Takoradi, Kumawu NVTI Center, Kumasi and Tamale NVTI Center.

Speaking on the e-library project for his school, the Headmaster of Ningo Senior High School, Mr. Botchway said the school has a student population of about 1,320 with an ICT Lab made up of 47 computer monitors which needed to be changed.

According to him, the intervention by MTN has come at the right time. He added that the e-library will assist both teachers and students in the teaching and learning process.

Meanwhile, the 21 Yello Care is also taking place in all 22 countries where MTN operates, and staff volunteers are using the opportunity their use their time to provide much needed infrastructure and care in selected communities in all those countries. 

‘Since its inception in 2007, MTN Ghana remains the most awarded for volunteerism and projects, picking up the 2008 WECA (West and Central Africa) Regional award, overall Y’ello Care Challenge winners for years 2010 & 2011 and also the Y’ello Care ICT Project prize for 2013,’ the statement said.

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