Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Tanzania receives $573,000 technology grant

ABN – The UK’s Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) has provided Tanzania’s Digital Opportunities Trust (DOT) with a US$573,000 grant.

The grant will be used to launch a combined innovation, technology training and community outreach pilot programme.

Tanzania’s Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) will also work on the project, which promotes technical skills and innovation in education.

Two projects will be included in the programme, the ReachUp! And TeachUp! programmes.

DOT’s ReachUp! programme will train local college and university students to coach community members in technology.

Graduates in the TeachUp! programme will be placed into VETA facilities to support teachers with their ICT use in classrooms.

Eliguard Dawson, DOT Tanzania’s country programme manager, said: “DOT Tanzania is very excited to be recognised as an innovative social enterprise, contributing to the country’s Big Results Now (BRN) initiative.

“Through this programme, DOT Tanzania and VETA will work together to improve the technology skills of VETA trainers and will learn new methodologies to improve both the formal and informal learning of their students.”


Algerie Telecom launches Nooonbooks

ABN – Algerie Telecom has announced that it will launch a new digital library called Nooonbooks.

The digital library will contain over 30,000 Arabic books.

Algerie Telecom CEO Azouaou Mehmel said: "After the digital library "Fimaktabati" with exclusively French content, and then a digital academic library containing French works, Algerie Telecom has launched an Arabic digital library named 'Nooonbooks'.

"The library, available at, will allow access to the latest publications of hundreds of Arabic-language publishing houses."

Arabic books on sciences, management, social sciences, law, personal development and general knowledge will be available on the service.

An annual subscription to Nooonbooks is available for DZD2,400 (US$24.89).


MTN installs first computer lab in South Sudan

ABN – Mobile operator MTN has provided the first internet-connected lab to a South Sudan primary school.

Juba One Primary School is the first public primary school in the country to receive a newly built computer lab.

It is part of MTN’s efforts to impact education in South Sudan and it is hoped that it will help towards the country achieving its Millennium Development Goal.

MTN South Sudan head of Corporate Services Khumbulani Dhlomo said: “Our focus at MTN Group is around education in areas of interest that caters for diversities in the markets that we operate in.

“We hope that today, here, we have planted a tree of knowledge that will grow into a giant that takes South Sudan up into the knowledge skies and make it compete with the best of the best globally.

“We hope that these children will inspire other children of their generation in other schools and around the community to dream big and live their imaginations.”


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