Lagos - The country’s education sector is poised for a major boost for the better part of this month after a leading mobile network operator embarked on charitable initiatives in local communities.
The ‘21 Days of Y'ello Care’ programme, an initiative MTN Nigeria has embarked on until June 21, will culminate in workers participating on social projects aimed at uplifting communities they live and work in.
The initiative is an annual staff volunteerism scheme, which is implemented simultaneously in all the 22 operating countries of the MTN Group.
The focus of this year is on education, which is a continuation of the previous editions.
Themed “Investing in Education for All”, this year’s edition sees staff of MTN Nigeria engage in a number of activities that will draw attention to the fundamental role of education in the development of the nation and also contribute resources to support conducive learning environment in schools.
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MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ikpoki, reiterated his company’s commitment to giving back to communities.
He described information and communications technology as well as education as vital tools for social and economic development.
“Limited access to quality education continues to plague Africa’s growth and development, but the role of digital learning in this era is becoming more compelling. This is because digital learning brings to the table immediate, diverse and customized access to world-class education and beyond that, a multiplicity of opportunities for advancement,” Ikpoki said.
Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, said that the company’s commitment to the application of digital learning drove the focus on education for the past four years.
“Digitally-equipped libraries will be established across the country to drive access to digital learning. Access to the Internet and education will position a great number of pupils on the same platform as their peers in more developed countries, helping to ensure that they do not suffer learning disadvantages even though they live in a developing country,”
MTN Nigeria has 59,9 million subscribers (Nigeria’s overall total is 140 million), which makes the West African country the biggest market for the South African-headquartered mobile network operator.
- CAJ News