Zain South Sudan and Huawei have partnered with UNESCO to provide internet access to a number of schools in South Sudan. Zain is supplying power and connectivity for the project, allowing schools within a 100m radius from its base stations to gain internet access; the cellco’s core network is accessed to provide internet connectivity with 1GB of data a month per computer for each of the schools. Under the first phase of the initiative, over 3,000 school children will gain access to the internet for the first time. Huawei will furbish the computer laboratories, providing five computers and tables to each school and offering basic computer training. The schools will be integrated into the UNESCO Associated Schools Programme Network (ASPNet), a global network of schools partnering in the development of Environmental Sustainability Projects and Peace Building Initiatives, allowing interaction among students regionally and globally.
‘Zain is dedicated to the development of South Sudan as a country, and there is no better way to aid this than through working with the youth and equipping them with the tools necessary to grow up to become successful, contributing members of society,’ commented Zain South Sudan CEO Basel Manasrah, adding: ‘This type of project is a first for Zain and a first for South Sudan, and I think it comes with a great deal of potential to expand internet connectivity more widely and more rapidly’. The first phase of the internet connectivity initiative was launched on 5 September and further expansion of the project will be reviewed after the first six months of implementation.