Zimbabwe’s townships around Harare are set to benefit from a R15 million Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre being established in the capital.
The new ICT centre is aimed at assisting 400 orphans in Harare’s Dzivarasekwa district. It is expected to enhance internet technology in the country as well as improving education’s technology system.
Finnish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sinikka Antila, said technology enhancement has become a necessity in the livelihoods of many people in this fast recovering economy of southern Africa.
“ICT skills are necessary in the modern society and I hope the new facilities will add great value to the education of children and youth in Dzivarasekwa,” said Antila.
The new technology centre has the capacity of carrying 20 students at a time, boasting separate, state of the art internet access points.
The Finnish ambassador said that the ICT centre would contribute towards sustaining education support programmes for both youth and orphans.
She said Finland was committed towards uplifting the standard of both technology and education in Zimbabwe.
Responding to the ICT centre launch, Zimbabwe’s representative, and chairman of the Trust, Stephen Chifunyise, said the Dzivarasekwa ICT centre at Dzikwa would become an environment for technological development.
United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) will manage the funding while other Western donors have been challenged to follow suit in supporting technological development in the country.
By Mercy Mujuru