SCHOOLS CONNECTIVITY PROJECTS
The flagship project of the UASF strategy is expected to address the problem of lack of broadband Internet and low bandwidth capacity in government schools across the country. The UASF will during the 2015-2018 period, provide financial assistance for the computerisation and connection of broadband Internet in public schools in selected rural areas. The School’s Connectivity Project, which will be deployed in phases to cover different regions countrywide, seeks to bridge the digital divide that exists between rural and urban centres, through providing basic computer skills to learners at grassroots level.
Phase 1 of the intended School’s Connectivity Project will cover some government schools in Ghanzi, Kgalagadi and Southern districts, while the second phase is planned for some localities in Kweneng and North-West districts. For computerisation of the schools, the UASF will engage service providers for the provision of learning devices that include computers, laptops, tablets and other peripherals such printers and scanners. Connection of high speed broadband Internet in the schools will follow the computerisation stage. The Fund also plans to engage ICT graduates in each school to assist in training of the learners and maintenance of the networks. The project will therefore contribute towards job creation and youth employment that are most needed in localities distant from urban centres.