Airtel signs deal to sell to teachers smart phones and tablets at zero rate interest for a period of 6-24 months
Time Posted: March 19, 2014 6:37 am
The Zambia National Union of Teachers has today signed a memorandum of understand with Zambia’s largest mobile network provider Airtel.
The MOU which was signed at Airtel House in Lusaka will allow members of ZANUT to purchase smart phones and tablets from Airtel and pay for them in a period of 6-24 months at zero interest.
Speaking when he officiated at the signing ceremony deputy minister in the ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Patrick Ngoma said the MOU couldn’t have come at a better time as the ministry is undergoing transformations in service delivery.
He noted the need for teachers to be equipped with technology which can be transformed into creativity hence becoming a basis for wealth creation and healthy human development adding that the importance of technology in skills development can not be over emphasized.
“Good results alone at the end of each year do not reflect the true development of our scholars and teacher, unless we equip them with technology which can be transformed into creativity which will in turn become the basis for wealth creation and healthy human development”.
“It is important that skills development and technology become an integral part of teaching and learning which will in turn lead Zambia to development”. Mr Ngoma said.
He said the partnership will enhance service delivery in the education sector as Airtel intends to develop products for ZANUT members which teachers even from remote areas of the country can use.
And Airtel managing director Charity Lumpa observed the important role teachers play in the development of society.
She said as major stakeholders in the country’s economy there is need to accord teachers with the necessary tools to assist them in their knowledge management and its dissemination.
“Teachers are key to Zambia’s attainment of vision 2030 which seeks to transform the country the country into a middle income prosperous nation. Teachers are therefore major stakeholders in the economy who should be accorded the necessary tools to assist them in their knowledge management and dissemination”. Ms Lumpa said.
She added that the facility will be handy to the teachers especially those in rural areas as they will be able to access reading materials and other tools using the smart phones and tablets.
Meanwhile ZANUT vice president Roy Mwaba said the technology will be useful to teachers and that it will enhance their study ability as well as ease the communication challenges between the union and its members.
Over 45,000 ZANUT members are eligible to access the facility.