For the first time since its establishment, Yamba Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Chitipa, has received a consignment of computers and Wi-Fi network, thanks to mobile network provider TNM plc.
On Tuesday, the company, under its ICT for Schools initiative, installed 12 sets of computers replete with Internet connectivity tools (Wi-Fi) at the school which has over 900 students.
TNM brand and communication manager Limbani Nsapato said the donation was a continuation of TNM’s quest to increase access to information communication technology education (ICT) in schools.
He said the delivery of the computers underscored the company’s commitment towards improving education through exposure to information technology.
Said Nsapato: “Just as many community schools in Malawi, Yamba CDSS lacked ICT equipment to support the delivery of fully-fledged ICT education. This donation will equip students with the necessary technological knowledge to support their education and skills development.”
While commending TNM for the gesture, Anna Mazunda, speaking on behalf of her fellow learners, said the computers may not be enough for all the students at the school.
Meanwhile, Chitipa district education manager Votie Mboweni has advised teachers at the school to guide students to avoid abuse of the facilities.
He said: “We know that there are so many harmful sites like those containing pornography which is ruining many school-going youths. I don’t want to see that happen here.
“I am confident that with these computers, we will also increase the pass rate as teachers will enhance their content because the Internet provides them with a chance to do more research.”
This is TNM’s third donation under the initiative. First to benefit was Januwale CDSS in Thyolo followed by Chayamba CDSS in Kasungu. There is one more school left.