- Village centers can help bridge the digital divide in the education center
- Minister Muswere reveals how the contraction of base stations will be funded
- More information centers to be launched this year.
The funds are said to be targeting the roll-out of the optic fiber network, digitalization of the television industry and access to online services by all Zimbabweans (Broadband Connectivity).
This was revealed by the Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Jenfran Muswere at the recently held launch of Nyachuru Containerised Village Information Center (CVIC) in Mashonaland Central Province. Another initiative being spearheaded by the government in collaboration with the private sector to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural communities by setting up digital hubs in marginalized lands.
The information center will give its community access to online services such as YouTube and broaden their opportunities and exposure to new things. Scholars can use the center to carry out researches and receive learning material from their schools via e-learning platforms.
In 2020, when schools started adopting the use of online learning platforms the less privileged students in marginalized areas were left behind because they could not access the platforms due to both poor or no broadband connectivity and shortage of the necessary gadgets such as smartphones and computers. Village Information centers can help bridge the digital divide in the education center.
The ICT services will be available at an affordable price.According to Minister Muswere
The minister also said “Our key obligation is to ensure that there is the deployment of ICT infrastructure in the rural areas, this is supported by infrastructure sharing which will be accelerated. In 2021, we are going to deploy more base stations in rural areas under the universal services fund.”
However, this is not the first time that the minister has said sentiments about base station deployments. Speaking at the World Summit on the information society (WSIS) Forum in March, the minister said Zimbabwe will set up One Thousand One Hundred Eighty-Seven (1187) 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G base station sites in 2021. Perhaps it is time the minister starts giving us actual results on the ground towards meeting their base station target.