Tigo Ghana today took a giant step towards digital inclusion for children in rural Ghana by outdooring its new Mobile Digital Library.
The project which is a partnership with Street Library Ghana, founded by its 2012 Changemaker, Hayford Siaw has the interior of the van beautifully fitted with tables and chairs and laptops. It also has additional tables and chairs and laptops which can be set up outside the van to cater for additional children.
Explaining the rationale for the project, the Head of Corporate Communications and CSR for Tigo, Gifty Bingley, explained that Hayford was previously travelling around rural Ghana with hard copy books in his mini-van to encourage children to read.
“With this innovation we have taken the project a step further, we have digitized the books, they will also have a hands-on experience with the computers and the digital experience will be the same for every community we visit, she said.
The CEO for Tigo, Roshi Motman, encouraged other Tigo Changemakers like ‘Tech needs Girls’ and ‘IT4Teens’ to step up and partner with Street Library and offer ICT training in software and web applications for the children.
The founder of Street Library, Hayford Siaw, could not hide his excitement, he was grateful for Tigo’s continued support since he became a part of the Changemakers. “Children in rural Ghana will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this pioneering project. It will go a long way to support Digital Inclusion.
According to Hayford even though children in rural Ghana study ICT as a core subject, several of them have neither seen nor touched a computer. He looked forward to introducing them to the computers and going through the downloaded books.