The rising popularity of information and communications technology (ICT) has sparked a heated debate over ethical use of smartphones and computers.
While some say the social media is prone to abuse, others are harnessing the power of the digital connectivity to uplift their societies.
On Friday, alumni of Bwiba Primary School in Karonga donated learning materials worth K1 million to the institution—thanks to their interaction on a WhatsApp group established in August.
In an interview after delivering the presents, their chairperson Hilton Mwamsamali credited their online interaction for reuniting them and renewing their passion for the school which made them who they are today.
“Through our discussion on the group, we realised that we are successful today because of the solid start we got at the school. So, we decided to give back to our beloved institution,” he said.
The consignment comprised 5500 notebooks, 2 100 pencils and 1 700 pens.
Head teacher Clay Simbeye commended the alumni for assisting almost 1 500 pupils at the school opened in 1963.
“I am very delighted. I hope their gesture will encourage learners to work harder to become reproductive citizens in future,” said Simbeye.